Give him credit; on Saturday, Mayor Dave apologizes for city road conditions:
Mayor Dave Cieslewicz apologized Friday for decisions he made this week during a massive snowstorm that led major city streets to resemble icy washboards and prompted numerous complaints from drivers...
And more credit to Mayor Cieslewicz and city crews over the weekend when they took care of the ice packed on most major city streets.
Workers on Monday will not face the disastrous commute they experienced both Thursday and Friday last week, which turned a normal 20 minutes, not into a usual snowy experience of 35 minutes, but more like an hour.
Everyone I spoke to reported usual trips doubling at a minimum and many taking three to four times as long. One of the most important considerations of this congestion is that it has major economic and environmental impacts.
A group of environmentalists and business leaders in New York City estimated that Manhattan's congestion costs $5 billion annually when time, wasted fuel, and related health and environmental costs are assessed.
There was some of the usual Madison smugness in response ot the post-storm problems from folks who figured slowing down and emasculating the automobile was a good idea.
Until we get a European-style rail system the automobile and the bus is all we have. A quarter of a million automobiles and trucks spending an additional hour a day on the road will consume an extra gallon of gasoline each. You do the math.
Idling for 1 hour burns nearly 1 gallon of gasoline.
Perhaps those 250,000 only wasted a half a gallon of gasoline each, but the point is that time was wasted, passengers were left in the cold waiting for their buses and unnecessary environmental damage was incurred from the wasted fuel.
Maybe these costs do not show up in the city budget, but they are measured when we move outside the municipal silo.