I HAVE THE SOLUTION!!!!!!
Charge a fine for complaining about the traffic that goes directly into improving transit/road infrastructure.
It's brilliant if you think about.
Either people stop complaining
Complaining actually gets things done.
Wiseman for Mayor 2018 "If It Fits, I Sits"
Matt, you raised many points that I've thought all along.
Major highway projects shouldn't be taking months, but rather weeks. Throw 200 guys at it, rotating 8 hour shifts so shit is happening 24/7.
But no, instead you have a handful of guys...usually one of them doing something, and the other 4 talking about it.
dont forget the massive cost overruns and zero penalties when they blow past all deadlines for every single projectWhat drives me crazy is the way these road contracts are awarded. It comes down to lowest price. Contractors are allowed to get away with spreading their crews and equipment thin over multiple projects. They play a game of over stating their abilities while bidding and then throwing their hands in the air stating they've run into unforeseen circumstances when a project runs long. This cascades through the City where you'll see road work start and then come to an abrupt stop because the crew has to go back to another project that's fallen behind to finish it off. It's ridiculous.
The Gardiner and 400 series highway work really irks me. These are such important arteries yet you'll see days go by where nothing is getting done. There should be three to four times the amount of equipment and workers on these projects and they should be working around the clock if possible. And any excuses they use to say it's not possible to go any faster is BS in my mind because when the privately owned 407 needs work, it is done at lightning speed.
I will give a little leeway on the unforeseen conflicts line.
Unforeseen underground conflicts are unfortunately a reality. If the location both horizontally or vertically of a utility is off by just 5cm it can cause major issues. Large diameter storm sewer pipe can be laid as flat as only 20cm of drop over 100m distance. Installing huge 2m diameter concrete pipe to that accuracy is difficult work. Unfortunately the record drawings don't always reflect exactly what was built. This is from a combination of field changes that weren't recorded, honest mistakes that no one caught and straight up negligence. A lot can be done better to located underground utilities before construction but it's expensive, complicated and time consuming work especially when you're talking about large lengths of road reconstruction.
For example look at this mess of stuff below Yonge Street between Wellington Street and Colborne. It's insane.
Parking meters coming to bicycle locking stations soon as well
They should pay. They take up space on the road and in parking lots. Use infrastructure that requires maintenance. so yea, pay or maybe increase the license plate or sticker renewal to build in the extra cost so they don't have to worry about parking tickets being taken.
They are technically parked illegally I believe if there are defined spaces plus it depends on how they park their bike but at the end of the day they should pay for parkingShould they pay the same amount, or pay approximately 1/5th of the price based on the amount of space they take up? YES Also, because of the reduced weight they also damage roads a lot less than cars, suvs, and finally trucks (in that order), so shouldn't the reduced stress on road infrastructure be taken into account? Yes but they should still pay
Also, if they are parked in between two cars that already take up space, then in essence they aren't taking up any extra space.