traffic management

London ups congestion charge on older cars
London ups congestion charge on older cars

Brexit be damned. In an effort to comply with European Union pollution regulations, London says that later this year it will begin levying a £10 (about $12.50) charge on older cars if they want to drive in the city's core. Though not an outright ban on cars, the fee is a step toward creating...Read More»

Google autonomous car prototype
Another Study Agrees: Autonomous Cars Will Annihilate City Budgets & Send Flo To The Poorhouse

Look at Google's adorable autonomous car up there. Isn't it cute? It looks as harmless as a wireless mouse or a koala wearing a fez. Precious. But do not be deceived, dear reader, for verily, that vile contraption is a harbinger of doom and destruction. It will unleash hell on Planet Earth, causing...Read More»

Yellow light (photo by Sébastien Santoro aka Dereckson)
Chicago Tweaks Red-Light Camera Rules, Issues $7.7 Million In New Fines

No one likes red-light cameras. It's not just that they're automated, soulless hall monitors. It's not just that they're operated by semi-sleazy third parties that keep a big chunk of ticket revenue. It's also the fact that they seem like desperate ploys for cash. How much cash? In Chicago...Read More»

The Jetsons Car
Transportation 2030: Study Envisions Autonomous Car Hell, Autonomous Bus Heaven, No Flying Cars

Look out the window. Are the roads in your city/town/hamlet clogged with traffic? Have they been that way for the past several decades? Do you wonder if things ever get better? New York University's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management knows the answers to the first two questions...Read More»

Traffic
Traffic Congestion Is Growing Three Times As Fast As U.S. Economy; Situation Worst In Los Angeles

When it comes to predicting and tracking traffic trends, INRIX is the go-to authority. The company says that traffic congestion surged in 2013, growing over three times as fast as the U.S. economy. According to INRIX, traffic in the U.S. reversed two consecutive years of declines with a six percent...Read More»

stop sign  -  flickr user thecrazyfilmgirl
In Virginia, A Simple Warning Sign Produces Big Results

Drivers see warning signs all the time, but we don't always heed their advice: "Slow Curve". "Watch for Falling Rock". "Yield". However, a very simple message posted to an electronic sign in Arlington, Virginia is having a much bigger impact. It reads, "Don't hit the car in front of you", and...Read More»

Traffic projections, U.S. Travel Association
Study: America Will Soon See Labor Day-Like Traffic, All Year Long

For those who hate heavy traffic -- and really, who doesn't? -- we've got some very bad news. According to the U.S. Travel Association, America's roads are clogging fast, and within the next couple of decades, some areas of the country could see congestion on par with Labor Day traffic all year...Read More»

Cameras
Florida Shortens Yellow Lights, Red-Light Camera Tickets Surge

Do you live in Florida? Have you received a ticket from a red-light camera lately? There may be a reason for that: according to Tampa's CBS affiliate WTSP, the state recently shortened the legal length for yellow lights. That's caused a surge in red-light citations -- and proved beneficial for...Read More»

Freeway, Los Angeles, 2009 (photo by Myriam Thyes via Wikimedia)
After 30 Years, LA Synchs Its Traffic Lights: Too Little, Too Late?

Is it just us, or does roadway construction seem like an exercise in futility? How many times have you seen crews pack up after adding an extra lane of highway, leaving the road just as clogged as it was before? Couldn't the team have added two lanes (or three), just to save time down the line?...Read More»

Honda's app-based congestion minimization technology
Honda's New Smartphone App Could Ease Your Commute

Commuters: Honda feels your pain. Even better: Honda hopes to alleviate that pain with new software designed to reduce traffic congestion. What's interesting about this project is that Honda hasn't simply riffed on existing traffic management programs like those we've seen from Inrix and TomTom...Read More»

Cameras
Ohio Judge Says Speed Cameras Are "A Scam"

Critics of traffic cameras have something to celebrate: a judge in Ohio has declared the devices "a scam" and insisted that one tiny town must turn them off. To call traffic cameras "controversial" would be an understatement. Organizations like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the...Read More»

noPhoto license plate frame
Prototype Of The Week: noPhoto Frame Foils Traffic Cameras

Traffic cameras have been in use since 1969, but they weren't deployed in large numbers until the 1990s. Now that they've become commonplace around the globe -- catching speeders and nailing red-light-runners -- some drivers are calling for their removal. But one person has taken a slightly...Read More»

Traffic at the I-10 & I-405 interchange in Los Angeles, California (by Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz)
Carmageddon II Raises Concerns Of Traffic Overhead

If you live in Southern California, you probably remember Carmageddon -- not the video game, not the pet name that some gave to the 2008/2009 auto industry bailout, but the closure of the 405, one of Los Angeles' busiest highways. Now, it's happening again, and once again, residents are concerned...Read More»

Representative Anthony Weiner
Anthony Weiner: Shoulda Stayed Off Twitter, Kept On Twaffic

By now, the travails of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY)--and the photo of a bulging male crotch in gray underwear that may or may not be his, which he may or may not have Tweeted to a young woman--are far too well known. This article is not about that. It's an editorial to express our disappointment at...Read More»

2010 Most Congested Metro Areas and Corridors from INRIX
Study: Many Of You Waste A Month Of Your Lives In Traffic Each Year

For the past several years, traffic researchers had noticed an unusual trend: declining congestion in metropolitan areas. Not surprisingly, the slide began in 2008 -- around the time that much of the world was hit with a double-wallop of recession and soaring gas prices. But now that national...Read More»

Traffic in China
Why 'Safe Roads' Are Often Anything BUT Safe, Except For Cars

The great freeway battles of the Sixties and Seventies are over. It's safe to say few new freeways will be punched through existing neighborhoods. But transportation engineers are still busily at work updating and improving existing roads, generally by widening them, adding lanes, smoothing curves...Read More»

Alleged traffic violators posted to a Facebook page for the New Delhi police
You Thought Traffic Cams Were Bad? In India, Cops Use Facebook

Over the past few years, we've seen traffic cameras deployed in a growing number of cities across the U.S. (We wouldn't be surprised if the trend were tied to our struggling economy, since cams promise to generate a fair amount of dough.) But although the cameras have a number of fans, they've also...Read More»

Traffic
Study: Chicago Should Use Pay-For-Play Fast Lanes To Cut Congestion

We all deal with it on a daily basis: traffic. It's the bane of our existence, yet we contribute to the problem by our very presence. So what can be done to solve it without packing us all into buses and forgoing our individually-mobile lifestyles? A federally-funded study by the Metropolitan...Read More»

Audi Travolution traffic system
BMW And Audi Congestion Strategies Look To Smart Signals

With vehicle miles traveled growing about 15 percent faster than the U.S. roadway network, and the trend likely to continue this year as fuel prices stabilize and more drivers take to the roadways, we need to look for more creative—and smarter—ways of easing congestion. New projects from German...Read More»

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