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Do more roads lead to fewer traffic jams?

TL;DR No. Roads do not lead sustainably to less traffic jams. In the extreme short term they can do but it can be disastrous for the rest of the traffic network and they increase congestion in the ...
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Are there political structures that are fundementally different?

A useful approach, I think, is to look at the notable categories. Western style legal and political systems in the tradition of either England or Continental Europe (e.g. South Korea, Argentina, ...
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Why are dams so controversial in Pakistan?

While damming a river can provide a large population with a reliable source of drinking water and an environmentally friendly source of electricity, it often has several negative consequences for the ...
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Why isn't there public pressure to increase the highway speed limits given that most drivers speed on a daily basis?

Essentially you have conducted a rough poll of motorway drivers and concluded that many would like to see a rise in speed limits. This may be true among people who often use the motorway It is less ...
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Why can't the British government pass a law allowing the Heathrow expansion to proceed, rather than bothering with an appeal to the Supreme Court?

Chiefly because pundits seem to agree that current government doesn't actually want the Heathrow expansion to proceed. It should be noted that the Government is not pursuing an appeal to the Supreme ...
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Has the UK government stated how Heathrow expansion will be financed?

Has the UK government stated how Heathrow expansion will be financed? See Policy paper, Heathrow north-west runway economic regulation: financing and affordability explanatory briefing, Published 21 ...
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Why can't London increase the Congestion Charge to the point where congestion is reduced to reasonable levels?

London Traffic Congestion / Pollution control measures In just over ten years, the Congestion charge increased from £5 to £11.50 a day with an additional £10 Toxicity-charge for older/more polluting ...
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How do leaders cross the language barrier during phone calls?

Phone calls between world leaders are much more complicated and are thoroughly planned. It's not one would imagine -- pick up a phone and say Hi President Putin! I'm Trump and I would like to talk to ...
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How people are supposed to commute from home to work and do errands under the libertarian system?

Essentially, you wouldn't agree to live in a house where this was a possibility. Instead, you'd insist either: That the road is owned by a home-owner's association or similar that you would be a part ...
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Why isn't recycling counted as part of infrastructure

(I get to leverage my experience working in the MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) sector as a recycling educator here, neat!) First off, we have to acknowledge that "recycling" is an extremely ...
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Are there any proposals for a significant electrification of US railroads?

Are there any proposals for a significant electrification of US railroads? There seem to be few electrification projects; but a group that hopes to promote more. This article, Electrifying freight ...
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How people are supposed to commute from home to work and do errands under the libertarian system?

Libertarians believe that the government is a necessary evil that does perform some limited functions. Often times, building and maintaining roads is an accepted function of government that ...
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Why can't the British government pass a law allowing the Heathrow expansion to proceed, rather than bothering with an appeal to the Supreme Court?

As is true most everywhere, the answer is likely political cost. Courts are not inherently political bodies, and are thus insulated somewhat from the political process. There's no political cost to ...
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What is the difference between funds being "authorized" and funds being "appropriated" in the IIJA?

The Congressional Research Service published a document back in 2012 that explains the difference. They describe authorization as: An authorizing measure can establish, continue, or modify an agency,...
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Is there continued movement towards unification of electric power wall socket/plug standards?

Lets only consider the ~230V systems; the ~110V systems seem to have largely standardised on the American plug. guess earlier examples of this are the spread of F plugs, and the combination F-and-E ...
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Do more roads lead to fewer traffic jams?

Yes and No Many answers already cover part of this, so i won't enter in detail in the data. This answer covers how one does reduce traffic jams with more roads/lanes, with an efficient design and ...
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Why is the Gravina Island bridge held up as an example of wasteful pork-barrel spending?

Bridges are expensive. Some don't like government spending large sums of taxpayer money where they cannot see the value. To that end, it is necessary to hold up an expensive example with a catchy ...
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What's lacking about the Kerch Strait land bridge, between Crimea and Russia?

The bridge is easily sufficient for combat vehicles themselves. Russian tanks weigh 46-48 mt (a very narrow range all of them fit into). Trucks are generally limited to 80,000 lbs, or 36 mt. It's not ...
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Who were these people during the US President's press conference on infrastructure the other day?

From left to right: Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury Donald Trump, President of the United States Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation (also the wife of Mitch McConnell)
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What is the status of the proposed extension of passenger railroads in the US?

As a fan of rail, although not a railfan, I am acutely aware of a variety of these projects, and the sad reality is that they are currently unlikely to move forward for a variety of reasons, but the ...
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Why would a state reject federal funding for infrastructure?

Michael's answer is definitely correct for that specific circumstance. I would provide another example to help round out the answer to your question. Currently, the state of Illinois is looking at ...
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Has any of the presidential candidates ever mentioned fixing our aging infrastructure?

Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have infrastructure plans. Trump wants to spend twice as much as Clinton and may be a bit more construction focused. Clinton's plan includes a banking component ...
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Why are the most densely populated areas generally underserved by government services?

How well a particular city serves its population's needs is determined by the extent of those needs, and the amount of resources (taxes) available to fill them. For a small city/village, needs are ...
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How people are supposed to commute from home to work and do errands under the libertarian system?

This question is a variation of But without government who will build the roads? First, there is no consensus among libertarians on the role and scope of government. Many believe some form of minimal ...
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Why isn't there public pressure to increase the highway speed limits given that most drivers speed on a daily basis?

The speed limit in the United States used to be 55 mph (a little less than 90 km/h). 65 mph (105 km/h) is the increased limit in New York. Western states often have higher limits, e.g. 70 mph (112 ...
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Why can't the British government pass a law allowing the Heathrow expansion to proceed, rather than bothering with an appeal to the Supreme Court?

The quote you have provided is from 'Heathrow bosses' not members of the current government. The government will not be appealing the decision. In fact, the court blocking the runway is a major let ...
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Why are the most densely populated areas generally underserved by government services?

This is a good question and perception plays a strong part of it as well as the country and government. In some cases, this is how we perceive it. Other cases, population density can be a drawback ...
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Is the Heathrow expansion decision conditional upon private parties finding financing?

Yes, the airport's private owner, Heathrow Airport Limited, will apply to the government's Planning Inspectorate for an unusual kind of national planning consent called a Development Consent Order. ...
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