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Talk to anybody who commutes into, past, or through downtown from the suburbs and you'll hear the same complaint: "Every day there's a big back-up for the tunnels, but once you get through the tunnels the coast is clear. Why can't we just cruise through the tunnels at speed? Why does traffic slow down?"
Everybody I've ever talked to asks the same question, which leaves the question: "If nobody you know is slowing down for the tunnel, then who is slowing down for the tunnel?" Is it just that the kind of people who slow down for tunnels are also liars? Is it that none of them realizes they are slowing down?
One of these days I am going to stay up until the early morning, and I am going to stake out the entrance to the Squirrel Hill Tunnels with a video camera. I'm going to tape people entering the tunnel until I can identify who's slowing down and beginning the traffic jam. Then, I'm going to find those people and ask them, "What exactly is going on here?" I won't hurt you when I find you. Please do not be afraid.
2007.10.23 at 12:00am EDT
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