I have heard a number of different claims as to where the bottleneck lies.
- The turn onto the blacktop
- Road 34 to Gerlach
- The road through Gerlach itself (and sometimes Empire)
- 447 south to Nixon
Does anybody know of any studies that have tested the volumes in these points to accurately figure out which is the true bottleneck? If it truly is 447, there is almost nothing that can be done (other than creating an alternate exit for those going north to Alturas, which would also help if it is the town of Gerlach itself.)
If it's Gerlach or 34, one could allow people with off-road vehicles and extra tires the option of using Trego at their own risk. Or the Jungo road, which many do take though it poses a serious risk of flats and should not be used by those not ready for this.
I doubt it's 34, that never seems to have much of a problem, but I have heard it said.
If it's the turn onto 34 I think rental traffic signals could make a serious difference.
But again, I really tire of those who say "just leave Tuesday." You think people don't know that is an option? You think they want to sit in the line?
While there is debate about growing the event to 70,000, that is the plan, and you won't grow to 70,000 with the current exodus rate very easily.
There are of course some solutions that violate what some people view as the burner ethic. I personally believe that when you have a scarce resource and too much demand that markets are the best answer. I personally have no problem with selling exodus preference to those who donate the largest amount to BRAF or BMProject or similar, but I suspect others will think it's non-burner to do it this way.