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Monday, December 24, 2012

I KNEW IT!

Joseph in IL sends in a story that confirms a suspicion I have long held...

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.
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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.

4 comments:

Dave H said...

...most of the traffic problems are caused by a small group of @$$holes...

Wearing hats.

Some years ago my boss told me he'd noticed that virtually every time he was stuck behind a car going too slow, or stopped at a green light, or waiting to make a left turn mid-block during rush hour, the driver was wearing a hat.

Ever since then I've been watching, and he's right.

Borepatch said...

I smell Bravo Sierra. The article doesn't mention *why* these particular drivers are a problem or what they do that causes a problem.

I'm suspicious because focusing on location rather than behavior doesn't suggest a solution. What is it about Marlboro that attracts @$$holes? Like I said, I'm skeptical in the extreme.

JFT said...

It's simple math. If #idiots >or= #lanes, you have a problem. Lots of idiots tells you which side of the equation will dominate.

HerrBGone said...

495 north at Rt. 3 - If the pushy twits already on the big road would leave a couple of car-lengths for the pushy twits trying to get on the big road then everyone would have someplace to go and we would ALL be able to go. But they won't so we can't. I, for one, usually leave plenty of room - until some twit goes past several opportunities to merge and tries to force his way in from the breakdown lane well beyond the ramp. It's often even worse heading south in the evening!