Has Traffic Really Improved?

Section Editor: Armando Alvarez | Story by: Daniela Salame |

Welcome back to school, Wolverines! As you all know, school has been starting fifteen minutes earlier, but has it really been improving traffic in Towne Lake? After interviewing students, most of them believe that the traffic is just as bad, but some did see an improvement with middle school drop off absent.

As a car rider in the mornings and afternoons, my observations are that the number of cars on the highway are less than they were last year, and several bus riders see that as well. Obviously, the schools many tardy students and excuses made to hold on counting them late due to traffic was not an announcement-worthy achievement. The decision was made, and not very many were ecstatic to hear the news.

Of course, traffic is never going to disappear completely from Towne Lake Parkway, mostly because of the two schools with thousands of students each, and of course, Chick-fil-a. In fact, over half of the students I interviewed stated that the time changed did not improve anything, especially their sleeping schedule. I was surprised to hear that the traffic they referred to was the one trying to leave the student parking lot, and most seemed to think that they had solutions. For example, the most popular suggestions were to build another lane going into “Woodstock Territory”, get rid of the random sidewalks in the student lot, and hold off the busses longer to give drivers more time to leave without having to wait behind an abundance of school busses.

Concerns about traffic in highly populated areas are to be expected, particularly when everyone is going to the same place at the same time. If any changes were to be made, most likely the school board will wait until the next school year to put them into action, for any drastic changes would not contribute to the cause. Overall, the precautions taken by starting school earlier were for the good of the students, it all depends on your view of the situation.

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Photograph by Haley Roe-Deters: This photo shows how many cars there are everyday  in the student lot, and they all try to leave before the busses.

Comments

  1. The way I see it, if your car is moving, and if the other cars are moving, even if there are lots of them and they are moving slowly, that is reason to be glad. The worst is having to wait a long time for roadside assistance when you have somewhere to be.

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