This Is Framingham

This Is Framingham
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Nay: Downtown traffic

August 15th, 2006

I got to spend some quality time in my car while trying to get through downtown the other day.
I don’t know what I was thinking, this is exactly why I avoid driving through downtown in the first place.
I’m not sure how city planning works or if traffic light timing is involved in that, but it seems odd that the green lights would be on when you have no where to go because you have to stop 2 seconds later and/or the cars in front of you have stopped (and there actually wasn’t a train). It’s such a tease to see green and not be able to go.

For people driving, downtown is just a haven for frustration.  You have the trains, the oddly-timed traffic lights and people cutting you off because they’re in the wrong lane or being in the wrong lane is part of their master plan to cut you off when they are far enough to be able to get back in their lane to take a left and cause people to step on their breaks, causing yet more delay.
I can just tell when someone is going to do that too.  Then you have to decide if you’re going to play the game and inch up so they can’t cut you off adding to the stress of just trying to get out of the gridlock.  It’s so dumb, which again is why I avoid it.



  1. not to mention the bad drivers, mainly the illegal immigrants who are without licenses..

    Comment by John October 24, 2006 @ 9:17 pm

  2. My Fellow Framinghamians: The driver in the rotary has the right of way! If you’re in the rotary and someone wants to come in, don’t stop! He or she will get in the rotary when the coast is clear because, I say again, we must yeild to the person in the rotary. It is our American imperitive to know this rule and to be able to get from the train tracks to rt. 9 in less than a half hour.

    Comment by Julie December 18, 2006 @ 5:25 pm

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