Has your commute to work in Boston gone from bad to worse? You’re not imagining it.A 157-page report released by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation on Thursday confirmed what most Boston-area commuters already know: traffic is awful.Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said the state has reached a “tipping point” where the roadways are so full that even a small problem — construction, bad weather or a crash — can lead to cascading congestion. That means commute times are getting increasingly unreliable. “While the average day has not gotten that much worse, the bad days have become much worse,” Pollack said.Pollack said traffic is threatening the state’s strong job market, because people will not move somewhere if they cannot reliably get to work. These are the most congested roads in Massachusetts, according to a new MassDOT study A new MassDOT report lists roads that are congested for more than 10 hours a day. The … [Read more...] about How bad is Massachusetts traffic and what can be done about it?
Perth and Kinross Council has moved to address long-standing traffic congestion issues at a busy junction in Perth. The local authority has installed new signs and repainted a yellow box junction to try and ease the build up of gridlocked traffic travelling over Perth Bridge and through Charlotte Street. Recent correspondence from Police Scotland’s road policing officers had stressed they felt the problem was being “exacerbated” at peak times by “poor” sequencing of traffic lights on Smeaton’s Bridge and Charlotte Street along with the upstream traffic lights on Atholl Street. The intervention comes after Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser and Perth City Centre councillor Chris Ahern met with council chiefs recently to resolve the matter, which has been prevalent since 2017. Both expressed their delight on hearing the local authority had stepped in after their meeting. Cllr Ahern added: “I hope by making the yellow box more visible and … [Read more...] about Delight as council looks at congestion issues
Traffic on Twin Cities metro highways is slowing — and expected to get slower. The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s 2018 Metropolitan Freeway Congestion Report released Monday shows that highways and freeways are plugged up about 25% of the time during the morning and afternoon rush hours. Congestion, defined by MnDOT as when traffic flows at 45 miles per hour or less, was up 1% last year when compared with 2017, and reached its highest level since the annual traffic surveys began in 1993. And things are not likely to improve. “The anticipated trend of increased VMT (vehicle miles traveled) and increasing construction costs along with improving economic conditions are expected to cause congestion to grow in the future,” MnDOT said in its report. Population growth is also factor, and the Twin Cities metro area grew from 3.08 million people in 2017 to 3.11 million in 2018, according to Metropolitan Council figures. Lower gas prices and a drop in transit … [Read more...] about Congestion worsens on Twin Cities metro area highways
M25 traffic: The scene of the road crash on the M25 near Junctions 19 and 20 (Image: Highway England) The M25 has been shut in both directions following a serious crash at Junction 20 near Kings Langley. A elderly man and woman were seriously hurt and were rushed to hospital by air ambulance following the smash at about noon. There are major delays on the roads and police said the motorway is likely to be shut for several hours yet. Highways England said the M25 was closed between junctions 19 and 21. They said: “As a result of this collision, there are delays of approximately 1 hour above normal journey times - in both directions. “Emergency services, including Hertfordshire Police are working at scene. Due to the nature of the incident, it is anticipated that the closure of the clockwise carriageway will remain in place throughout the afternoon, until at least 18:00. “This is to allow full Police collision investigation works to take place.” Hertfordshire … [Read more...] about M25 traffic: How long will M25 be CLOSED? When will M25 reopen tonight after MAJOR crash?
Hopefully Boston drivers have a healthy queue of podcasts to listen to because they’re spending more time locked in traffic.Congestion into and around Boston got worse in 2017, with the average driver spending 60 hours stuck in traffic during the year — two more hours than in 2016. That’s according to annual rankings released by INRIX, a firm that studies transportation data.By that measure, Boston now has the seventh-worst traffic in the country, leapfrogging past Dallas after ranking eighth in 2016. Boston drivers also spend 14 percent of their overall driving time in congested traffic, tying it for worst in the country on that measure.The study came the same week a survey from a regional planning agency suggested Uber and Lyft rides are making Boston’s gridlock worse. Get Metro Headlines in your inbox: The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here Los … [Read more...] about Boston drivers are spending more time in traffic