Gridlock Traced to Just a Few Key Commuters
Canceling some car trips from just a few strategically located neighborhoods could drastically reduce gridlock and traffic jams in cities, a new study suggests.
Based on their analysis, the researchers suggest that certain neighborhoods in these urban areas were home to drivers that caused major congestion. The scientists found that canceling just 1 percent of trips from these neighborhoods could drastically reduce travel time that was otherwise added due to congestion.
IOW, it really is just a handful of dumbasses that screws up the commute for everyone. What gets me about this study is that they used all kinds of smartphone data and other sundry technological advances, when all they had to do was ask, oh, anyone that drove these popular routes. The parts in Massachusetts that are problematic do not surprise me whatsoever; I've been on the highways that run through most of these areas and can attast to the correctness of this study.
The more interesting part of the picture, though, is in why these areas are problematic. If I were a betting man, I'd say the areas that had the worst traffic problems are most likely too small to have a significant public transportation presence, yet large enough for a population that can clog the roadways. It would be interesting to track this data over many years, to see if these problem areas change as population changes.
It is fascinating, though, to hear validation of a theory I've long held: most of the traffic problems are caused by a small group of @$$holes...
That is all.