Does anybody pay attention to the pixelboard signs across our major freeways?
Sometimes I wonder.
The other day I was eastbound on the 401. The sign just prior to the Express/Collector split indicated that the two right lanes in the Express were blocked.
There only are four lanes at that point, so surely it was going to be tough sailing through there.
So, why wasn't everybody merging over towards the Collectors?
I mean, not everyone is listening to Darryl Dahmer on 680 News all the time.
But surely everyone could see the sign that the road was going to be congested?
As it turned out, by the time I passed that spot on the road (in the Collectors, needless to say) the crash had been cleared up and the delay wasn't that bad.
But no-one could have known that.
Speaking of Darryl Dahmer, I have flown with him while he is doing his traffic reports, and it is one of the more remarkable intellectual accomplishments I have ever personally witnessed. He is giving these amazingly detailed reports, to two radio stations alternately (AM and FM), he recaps everything he has said previously on the basis that you might not have heard ALL the previous reports (every ten minutes), he is communicating with at least five different information sources (Ministry of Transportation, Metro cops, OPP, TTC, the station coordinators), he finds and reads the correct commercial after each report, he does it all without a single "um" or "ah" - and he's flying an airplane solo in the busiest air space in Canada!
He told me that he sometimes sees the traffic flow change in real time - he announces a problem, and from above he can see cars change direction to avoid the problem.
Wonder why the pixelboard signs don't seem to have the same effect?