Probably my “craziest” policy view is that we should drastically scale back our use of traffic lights and other road controls. But there’s plenty of evidence that it works. It works in small towns in England:
And in big third world cities:
Read all about the late, great Hans Monderman and his mind-blowing ideas on this subject.
Perhaps Mondermanian positions would strike many as less-implausible if they realized that the typical approach to traffic management is largely a legacy of Herbert Hoover’s work as Commerce Secretary and the “Model Municipal Traffic Ordinance” he promoted. Boo Hoover.