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Fixing Traffic Without Help From Uncle Sam

<p>Desperate to find ways to relieve traffic congestion, local planners are getting creative with transportation plans and potential sources of revenue.</p>
November 30, 2007, 8am PST | Christian Madera | @cpmadera
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"Coming soon to a bottleneck near you:

-- "Queue-jumper" lanes such as one in Lee County, Fla., where harried drivers paying a 25-cent toll can get around backed-up intersections.

-- Trucker toll lanes, already under consideration in Atlanta, that will in effect segregate big rigs from the rest of the freeway public.

-- Privately managed zoom lanes, similar to the South Bay Expressway that opened in San Diego on Nov. 19, that allow motorists to move at a heavenly 65 miles per hour.

With 55 of the nation's 85 densest population centers estimated to have Los Angeles-style road congestion within the next 20 years, local road planners are increasingly blowing by the stagnant revenue from state and federal fuel taxes and instead raising their own money to build new roads and optimize existing roadways."

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Published on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 in The Christian Science Monitor
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