But this paradox appears to hold traffic constant, and uses game theory to show how more connections (not lanes) can result in worse congestion too.
It really is amazing how something as simple-seeming as roads and traffic, where it feels like simple common sense ought to apply, winds up being so deeply and fundamentally counter-intuitive.
1. More people use buses along a certain stretch of road.
2. Said stretch of road sees less congestion. Bus riders save time!
3. Noticing that this road has less congestion, more drivers take this route.
4. Route becomes congested due to increased interest.
5. Buses take just as long as cars to get to destination.
6. Bus riders migrate back to cars due to lost advantage of bus.
7. Road is more congested than before.
Overall, Traffic is a fantastic read and really opened my eyes.
However, I don't believe anyone should impose their philosophy with 2 tons of steel.
RE: traffic science, here are some references http://www.amazon.com/Traffic-Drive-What-Says-About/dp/03072... http://www.edmunds.com/driving-tips/car-merging-psychology-d...
Tom Vanderbilt - Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) (http://www.amazon.com/Traffic-Drive-What-Says-About/dp/03072...)