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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2001 9:38:26 PM

On GasBuddy, there are two types of polls. Polls about fuel, fuel prices, vehicles, driving, etc. are called Opinion Polls. New Opinion Polls are created each week, and presented on the left side of the home page; members can earn 100 points each week for answering them.

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If you have a suggestion for a MEMBER Poll, those suggestions should be posted in the Member Polls topic, and NOT here.

[Edited by: GM at 4/10/2008 11:27:57 AM EST]
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2014 11:40:48 PM

Now that I’ve posted that I have no idea how I should vote in the poll. Where I live there is very little traffic and no rush hour worth mentioning so there is no congestion to reduce. The exceptions are during the spring Maple Festival and the summer County Fair, for which none of the options really apply. Oh well, I’ll think of something.   ;o)
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2014 11:34:48 PM

It looks like we have pretty good agreement on this version of the congestion poll —

Which is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Rush-hour-specific tolls
• Encourage carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Flexible work schedules
• More telecommuting

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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2014 9:48:08 AM

I'd like to see if they'll take the 7-option version, but if the consensus is to just propose the 6-line version, I'm OK with that.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2014 9:10:42 AM

I like Byte_Doctor's latest version.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2014 7:12:27 AM

I am fine with Byte's version. I see no reason to add the "impose" to the line.

I also don't mind "strategic use of tolls". This covers more than just rush hour and we already have "rush hour" in the question. That would include more toll roads, that are not just specifically priced for rush hour, but since rush hour is in the question...

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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2014 7:06:18 AM

How about

Which is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Impose rush-hour-specific tolls
• Encourage carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Flexible work schedules
• More telecommuting
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2014 12:09:11 AM


I’m coming around to Byte’s latest version. “Rush-hour-specific tolls” could mean higher tolls in some instances and lower tolls in other instances, per Tx’s comments. Now 3 votes for this; anyone else?
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2014 9:08:44 PM

I support byte doctor's version of the question.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2014 8:05:16 AM

But, higher tolls doesn't necessarily mean less congestion or people moving to mass transit, but just moving the gridlocks to different places.

I'll go w/ whatever you all decide and am not stuck on a specific version - just throwing out some thoughts that might cause some brain storming that might come up with other options/wording.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2014 7:33:39 AM

> Lowering tolls during rush hour on under utilized tollways might do more good in sone cases.

Sounds like “congestion pricing”.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2014 7:18:27 AM

My vote goes to:

Which is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Rush-hour-specific tolls
• Encourage carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Flexible work schedules
• More telecommuting
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2014 7:08:03 AM

While I like it, I think strategic would confuse the masses.

[Edited by: scoutmaster at 9/30/2014 7:08:25 AM EST]
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2014 6:43:55 AM

How about...

Better strategic use of tolls.

It could cover more toll roads, higher tolls, time specific tolls...
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2014 6:23:16 AM

I like LarryMarg's last two versions.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2014 6:14:16 AM

The problem is how to say concisely how to force other rush hour traffic conservation by using tolls.

Tolls, even when static tend to redistribute traffic. Increasing them for rush hour could have unintended consequences of driving folks off the tollway to more congested roads. Lowering tolls during rush hour on under utilized tollways might do more good in sone cases.

Use tolls to encourage reduced rush hour traffic????

Too long...any other ideas?

Increased use of tolls to distribute traffic???

[Edited by: TxJeans at 9/30/2014 6:18:18 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2014 12:17:47 AM

I agree with Tx that tolls in and of themselves do not affect congestion, so in one sense we do not need to mention tolls at all. Tolls encourage folks to carpool or take the bus or change work hours or telecommute — all separate answers in this poll — but imposition of tolls could impact all of these methods of congestion reduction, perhaps having the broadest impact. I do not like devoting two answers to tolls and I would like to keep it simple.

Which is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• More tolls
• Encourage carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Flexible work schedules
• More telecommuting

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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 11:56:52 PM

TxJeans - you seem to be talking about higher tolls in general. I think we should go back to "Higher rush-hour tolls", to make clear that the "Higher tolls" refers specifically to rush-hour.Which is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher rush-hour tolls
• More toll roads
• Encourage carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Flexible work schedules
• More telecommuting

If 7 choices is too many for management to approve, then our secondary proposal is:

Which is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Rush-hour-specific tolls
• Encourage carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Flexible work schedules
• More telecommuting
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 10:23:38 PM

Tolls are used as a way to increase use of public transportation, car pooling, etc.

• Encourage carpooling = More carpooling = more people in less vehicles =Less congestion
• Increase roadway capacity = spread out the traffic to have less congestion
• Better public transportation = larger version of "car" pooling = less congestion
• Flexible work schedules = spreads out the "traffic" to reduce congestion
• More telecommuting = less cars on road = less congestion.

Higher tolls on roads is just another way to encourage people to use PT, or to CP, or use flexible schedules including telecommuting. In itself, it doesn't do anything unless folks decide to use other options to avoid the toll. It is a less direct impact on congestion.

More toll roads - either increases the number of roads, or financially incentivives carpooling, telecommuting and use of public transportation - all items covered by the other choice. So, I am not sure we really need to split out two toll options.

Just tossing that out but will go with what you all decide - I am feeling rather ambivalent about it...

[Edited by: TxJeans at 9/29/2014 10:24:19 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 9:30:54 PM

"About half of the toll roads have rush hour specific tolls, where the toll goes up and down by time of day. I have also seen this in California"

Half the toll roads where? Not in PA.

I think we need to pick between these two.

Which is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher tolls
• More toll roads
• Encourage carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Flexible work schedules
• More telecommuting

If 7 choices is too many for management to approve, then our secondary proposal is:

Which is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• More tolls
• Encourage carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Flexible work schedules
• More telecommuting
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 9:22:46 PM

About half of the toll roads have rush hour specific tolls, where the toll goes up and down by time of day. I have also seen this in California
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 8:11:12 PM

I don't know about the "rush hour specific tolls"...that eliminates the "more toll rolls".
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 7:24:08 PM

I like that, ziyulu, that would make it:

Which is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Rush hour specific tolls
• Encourage carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Flexible work schedules
• More telecommuting

My inner grammar Nazi is poking me about the punctuation (or lack of it) in that first choice. I feel like it should be something like "Rush hour-specific tolls" but that doesn't sit right either.
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 7:20:07 PM

bugc, I believe that falls under "Flexible work schedules".
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 6:08:24 PM

Work 4 10-hour days per week?
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 4:05:15 PM

Why not just say "Rush hour specific tolls"?
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 7:02:47 AM

I don't think Higher Tolls and More Tolls should be lumped together.

Which is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher tolls
• More toll roads
• Encourage carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Flexible work schedules
• More telecommuting

If 7 choices is too many for management to approve, then our secondary proposal is:

Which is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• More tolls
• Encourage carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Flexible work schedules
• More telecommuting
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 1:30:21 AM

Since we know they're capable of doing 7 or more choices, why can't we propose both?

(E.g.) Esteemed moderator - our proposed poll is as follows:

Which is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher tolls
• More toll roads
• Encourage carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Flexible work schedules
• More telecommuting

If 7 choices is too many for management to approve, then our secondary proposal is:

Which is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher tolls / More toll roads
• Encourage carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Flexible work schedules
• More telecommuting
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 11:12:36 PM


Right, “More tolls” will do it; we’ve already specified rush-hour in the question. KISS.
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 1:48:01 PM

I think just plain "more tolls"...
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 8:19:23 AM

Scoutmaster's version gets us back to 7 choices, so it is less than ideal. I think jrsva's version is the best so far.
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 6:54:28 AM

To me, higher tolls and more toll roads are two different things.

Which is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher rush-hour tolls
• More rush-hour toll roads
• Encourage carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Flexible work schedules
• More telecommuting
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 1:08:20 AM

Maybe just more tolls as it addresses also more toll roads?
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 12:59:28 AM

Reposting with my one-word change, just for clarity —

Which is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• More rush-hour tolls
• Encourage carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Flexible work schedules
• More telecommuting

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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 12:37:30 AM

I am fine with. Jrvsa's change...I had only modified my previous version to address the consideration of more than one as proposed by Jerry if that was where we decided to go.

The more for the tolls solves what I was trying to do with the two part toll ( / ) option.

The main thing was the change from alternate work schedules to flexible work schedules...and the use of the word "encourage" to the carpooling option.

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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 12:15:08 AM

First of all, apologies are due. I looked in the wrong place when I brought up the congestion poll for further discussion, so I posted an older version. Sorry.

Reading thru today’s discussion, I like the version Scout posted just below with one minor tweak, which is to change ‘higher’ in the first answer to ‘more.’ ‘More’ would include higher tolls and also new tolls, so it is a more inclusive answer. I doubt that it would have much of an effect on the results.

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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 10:04:47 PM

Which is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher rush-hour tolls
• Encourage carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Flexible work schedules
• More telecommuting
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 9:49:24 PM

If the question is "which is the best way", I think a single choice is appropriate. If the question were "Which of the following should be done to reduce congestion during rush hours?", then "More than one of the above" would be a suitable choice - but that's probably what most people would choose, making the poll pretty meaningless.

My preference would be to keep it as is, without "More than one of the above" as a choice. (Which isn't to say that more than one shouldn't be done; we just want people to pick the one thing they think would be most effective.)
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 6:29:20 PM

What is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher rush-hour tolls/more toll roads
• Encourage carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Flexible work schedules / Telecommuting
• More than one of the above

[Edited by: TxJeans at 9/27/2014 6:29:43 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 4:24:33 PM

I think you need to do all of them so I would like to see a "More than one of the above" answer but I think we are running out of answer space.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 3:51:11 PM

What is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher rush-hour tolls
• Encourage carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Flexible work schedules
• More telecommuting

I like the "encourage" added to the carpooling.
I prefer flexible to alternate as it covers more options.
I have no problem combining flexible work/telecommuting options, nor thee carpooling/public transportation...if we need to cut out an option.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 3:06:20 PM

How about

What is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher rush-hour tolls
• More carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Alternative work schedules
• More telecommuting

As Larry noted, alternative work schedules and telecommuting are different and should be separate. Just as carpooling and public transportation are different.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 1:54:35 PM

We could combine two:

* Encourage carpools & public transportation

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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 11:01:55 AM

jrvsa - the last one I see from you (before today) is:

What is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher rush-hour tolls
• More carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Alternative work schedules
• More telecommuting

Message Posted: Sep 23, 2014 1:11:44 AM (Eastern time)

I'm fine with changing "Alternate" to "Flexible", as TxJeans suggested, but I do think that modified work schedules and telecommuting should be separate - they have different effects on traffic.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 7:57:49 AM

I added back the telecommuting - it is a form of alternate schedules but some may not think of it that way when reading the poll, but over all like the less cluttered responses.

What do you think is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher tolls
• Carpool lanes
• More public transportation
• Flexible schedules / telecommuting
• Other

I changed Alternate to Flexible as I see that describing more scheduling opportunities to spread commute times. Four day weeks with longer hours may work for some businesses using the same number of staff, or staggering start times or combination of various schedules and telecommuting.

The one problem I can't solve with this poll is that in my community, I can't see one as "best" for the entire community. In some parts of the county, more PT would help, while in others, the jobs are such that flexible schedules, or telecommuting or combination would work well with the types of "industry" and workers in that area. In most communities it takes a mix of solutions depending on the density and type of business and neighborhoods in each area.

Right now they are pushing increased PT and light rail.

[Edited by: TxJeans at 9/27/2014 8:03:59 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 6:38:50 AM

I still like this version better

What is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher rush-hour tolls
• More carpooling
• Increase roadway capacity
• Better public transportation
• Alternative work schedules
• More telecommuting
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 12:59:27 AM

We cannot always hit with a timely poll but we had one a few weeks ago that meshed nicely with one of PD’s Blogs. Let’s see if we can get the congestion poll finished for next week. This is the last version that I saved when it was under discussion —

What do you think is the best way to reduce congestion during rush hours?
• Higher tolls
• Carpool lanes
• More public transportation
• Alternate schedules
• Other

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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2014 12:34:40 AM

Too bad we submitted that one - the "reduce congestion" one would have been timely, following this.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 11:32:20 AM

Thanks. This has been entered. No rum until after work, this week.
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 9:59:57 AM


* * * *     Moderator     * * * *

Here is our proposed poll for next week; please leave us a note when you get it —

Should law enforcement agencies use speed traps primarily as revenue generators?
• Yes
• No
• No opinion

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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 12:01:10 AM


That’s the one we put up last week, which was inadvertently preempted.
We subsequently agreed to post it again so let’s do it.
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2014 11:16:19 PM

I see no reason why not. I am okay with it.
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