Scottsdale Transportation Director Paul Basha said…“We spent $100 million for 10 miles of freeway to stay congested. It (Loop 101) was an ‘F’ before, and it’s still going to be an ‘F’,” Basha said. “We spent $100 million for 10 miles of freeway to stay congested.”
He does go on to say:
Simply adding more freeway lanes will not solve the area’s transportation problems, Basha said. Instead, officials need to consider providing more options for commuters, including a more robust bus system, he said [emphasis added].
I’ve been saying that for years. But the Scottsdale city council–especially Virginia Korte–have been pushing so hard for light rail that they haven’t done much regarding the bus system.
Source: Extra lane on Loop 101 in Scottsdale won’t end traffic congestion
Loop 101 can be turned in to another version of U.S. 60 – 8 lanes wide – and still be backed up, as long as Scottsdale continues to build 100 Resident Per Acre high density/high rise housing.
If you built Apartments over all of Scottsdale’s 180 square miles, you would build a city larger than Delhi, India (not a joke – do the math). When 11,000,000 walk out the doors of their tiny little dense packed sleeping units and want to go someplace, the freeway better have 100 Lanes.