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More Cities Turn Off Red-Light Cameras: Is It A Trend?
More Cities Turn Off Red-Light Cameras: Is It A Trend?

Traffic cameras were once heralded as a way of making streets safer and lightening the loads of thinly stretched police departments, but now, the tide seems to be turning -- even against the once-popular red-light camera. Are voters pushing back on Big Brother? And if so, will they be successful?...Read More»

You're Driving Less, Aren't You? Road Travel Dips To Historic Lows post thumbnail
You're Driving Less, Aren't You? Road Travel Dips To Historic Lows

According to the Federal Highway Administration, U.S. drivers are spending less time on the road than they have in eight years. The data comes from August 2011, during which cars and trucks traveled 263 billion miles on U.S. roadways. That's a drop of 1.7% compared to August 2010, and perhaps more...Read More»

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Houston Joins L.A. In Removing Red Light Cameras

The citizens of Houston, Texas, have spoken through their elected officials, and red-light cameras within the Houston city limits are now a thing of the past. Houston’s city council voted last week to shut down the cameras, despite the threat of a $25 million lawsuit from camera system...Read More»

Got A Red-Light Ticket In L.A.? Don't Sweat It, Forget It post thumbnail
Got A Red-Light Ticket In L.A.? Don't Sweat It, Forget It

Los Angeles city officials are contemplating whether red-light cameras are going to have any future within city limits, and have already recommended the program be phased out--and that ticketed citizens should forget about the violations. The City Council reached a consensus at the end of its most...Read More»

Anthony Weiner: Shoulda Stayed Off Twitter, Kept On Twaffic post thumbnail
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»

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Cash-Strapped Cities Hoping For More Income From Parking Buildings

Cities throughout the nation are facing budget issues and left scrambling for ways of increasing revenue. For some, that means turning a focus toward making more money from publicly owned parking structures or repurposing them for the changing needs of commuters who are affected by higher gas...Read More»

Study: Realtors Confirm Gas Prices Are Changing U.S. Housing Demand post thumbnail
Study: Realtors Confirm Gas Prices Are Changing U.S. Housing Demand

The word is already out that Americans would probably be healthier (and probably a lot happier) if we had shorter daily commutes. Now it seems that the cost pressure of rising gas prices could be forcing us to do just that—rethink where we're living. If a new survey of real-estate...Read More»

Study: Many Of You Waste A Month Of Your Lives In Traffic Each Year post thumbnail
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»

Hey, Seattle: Commutes Go Quicker With Avego's Ride-Sharing App post thumbnail
Hey, Seattle: Commutes Go Quicker With Avego's Ride-Sharing App

When folks think of Seattle, they tend to think of a green city -- one that's pedestrian- and bike-friendly, with lots of opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities. And Seattle is all those things, but it's also known for its traffic. In fact, last year, the city ranked as one of the worst...Read More»

Video: New York City Wants To Remind You (And Your Children) That Speed Kills, Yo post thumbnail
Video: New York City Wants To Remind You (And Your Children) That Speed Kills, Yo

If you're a member of the National Motorists Association, we have some bad news: New York City is teaching young people about the dangers of speeding. Them's the breaks. (Or "brakes". Take your pick.) On a recent fall day, New York City's Department of Transportation Commissioner, Janette...Read More»

Why 'Safe Roads' Are Often Anything BUT Safe, Except For Cars post thumbnail
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»

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Transportation Officials: Rural Congestion Highlights Funding Need

Getting away for the long weekend? You might not completely get away from traffic. Part of the issue: that our population has nearly doubled, as well as shifted significantly, geographically, since the Interstate system was launched in 1956. According to a new report, you increasingly likely to...Read More»

Friendly Helpful Speed Camera To Ticket You, Then Text You Too? post thumbnail
Friendly Helpful Speed Camera To Ticket You, Then Text You Too?

We've written a lot about traffic enforcement cameras, both the ones that nail red-light runners and those that send automatic tickets to drivers who exceed the speed limit. Now a new wrinkle in evolving technology has been proposed: Wouldn't it be nice if the camera system not only sent you an...Read More»

You Thought Traffic Cams Were Bad? In India, Cops Use Facebook post thumbnail
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»

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Video: Waze App For Mobile Phones Crowdsources Your Commute

How should you get to work today? Let us count the ways -- via the Waze app for iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, and (now in beta) Blackberry. Waze is one in an increasingly crowded field of traffic applications for mobile devices. The service gives drivers advice on which routes are congested...Read More»

Car Talk: Texas, IBM To Test Cars That Keep Tabs On One Another post thumbnail
Car Talk: Texas, IBM To Test Cars That Keep Tabs On One Another

A big part of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood's job is making America's roadways safer. Over the past year or so, he's devoted much time and energy to fighting the hazard of distracted driving, but his newest program actually encourages talking on the go -- only now, it's the cars that...Read More»

Bipartisan Survey: Most Americans Want More Transit Options post thumbnail
Bipartisan Survey: Most Americans Want More Transit Options

We spend a lot of time and effort helping guide you through the car-shopping process and helping you to answer questions like: Should I get a 2010 Honda Fit or hold out for the 2011 Mazda2. And can I really tow with that 2011 Ford Flex EcoBoost (the answer to the latter is yes). But there's...Read More»

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Stop-Sign Solution Could Save Drivers Time And Money

Either on your daily commute or out on a Saturday drive, it's likely you have to make numerous unnecessary stops at T-type intersections. And for those where sight lines are clear and no other vehicle is approaching the intersection, simply easing into your turn could save some gas as well as time...Read More»

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U.S. Traffic Fatalities Hit Historic Lows

Good news this morning from the U.S. Department of Transportation: traffic fatalities have been on the decline for nearly four years running, and the number of people killed on U.S. roadways in 2009 reflected that trend, dropping to 33,963. It goes without saying that that's still 33,963 deaths too...Read More»

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