I rarely rant on my blog, but I thought this one could have many environmental and societal benefits.
My family and I were stuck in traffic for 4 hours (the trip should have taken 1-1/2 hours) the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The extra time gave my husband and I lots of time to discuss traffic solutions, especially when we discovered that our jam was caused by cars waiting to go through tolls. We came up with one, which I shall put to a haiku (5-7-5 style):
Z Pass! Mandatory E-
Z Pass — no toll jams!
No mention of a season in that haiku, I know. Not subtle either, forgive me. But when you and your nearest-and-dearest are stuck in a barely moving vehicle, surrounding by other barely moving vehicles, for such a frustratingly long period of time, poetic license and structure are left far behind, like the toothbrush you forgot to pack.
So, here are some benefits of a mandatory E-Z Pass system. All drivers who go through tolls would benefit:
1. Saves time. (More-enjoyable car trips, fewer traffic jams = more people on time for work, more business productivity.)
2. Saves gas. (Less idling and time on roads from traffic, saves families money and puts less pollutants into the air and land.)
3. Saves wear-and-tear on cars. (Cars last longer, fewer car repairs needed.)
The time- and environment-saving benefits alone could be enormous, especially when calculated over millions of cars and billions of gained hours and conserved gallons of gas.
I know traffic can be caused by a variety of other factors not related to highway toll booths, but if all cars manufactured had an E-Z Pass chip built into them, then it could be programmed to activate only if it went through tolls. This could seriously alleviate toll-plaza-induced traffic jams...
...which leaves more time for writing!
I now return you to your regularly scheduled writer's blog. Thank you for your patience.