AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin and San Antonio have teamed up to reduce traffic congestion between the two metropolitan areas, vowing to align transportation goals to manage population increases and traffic growth. The cities’ metro-area planners and the Texas Department of Transportation studied for over a year how to ease commuting within the regions, including along the busy Interstate 35 corridor.“When we looked at the population projections of the San Antonio and Austin area, by 2050, we’ll have the same population, if not more than what Dallas-Fort Worth has today,” said Roger Beall, deputy director of the state agency’s transportation, planning and programming division. “So we need to get ahead of the curve ... to take care of our transportation needs.” The study recommends more coordination and cooperation, but it doesn’t outline next steps or funding options, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Democratic Sen. Kirk Watson … [Read more...] about Austin, San Antonio to tackle traffic congestion together
Reducing traffic congestion
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE March 18, 2019, 8:23 AM GMT By Nick Sifuentes was stuck in traffic. “Driving into the most transit dense area in the U.S., that’s a choice people make. I made that choice today and I’m regretting it," the executive director of the Tri-State Transit Commission (TSTC) told NBC News as he made his way into the New York City last week. But Sifuentes takes his remorse one step further than average commuter. “I should pay for my choice,” he said. Sifuentes means pay in the literal sense. He and the TSTC want New York City to implement congestion pricing on their roadways. If implemented, drivers on some of the busiest roads in Manhattan during peak hours would have to pay a surcharge; roads that usually are free would become toll roads. First adopted by Singapore in 1975, congestion pricing has slowly become a go-to … [Read more...] about To curb traffic, cities explore making drivers pay during peak hours
Mayor Martin J. Walsh pushed back on a recent traffic report that claimed Boston had the worst congestion in 2018 — writing in an online post Tuesday that a study calculating drive times tells less than “half the story.” “Independent analysts have pointed out that this annual report, historically, prioritizes fast driving over steady progress and punishes older, denser cities, where distances are shorter and alternatives to driving are more plentiful,” Walsh wrote in a post to his Medium account. “In Boston, for example, fewer than 50% of commuters travel by car, so a drive-time study is telling less than half the story. Our focus is on helping people move safely and reliably, not just in cars and trucks but on foot, on bikes, and on public transit.” Walsh’s post was in response to the INRIX report Monday that contended an average driver in the city lost $2,291 while waiting in increasingly gridlocked traffic and … [Read more...] about Boston mayor: Traffic congestion report misleading
Shutdown is a political ploy that affects federal workers Federal workers don't work just for the White House or Congress. They work for all of us. The taxpayers pay their salaries and as such, we would prefer to have them on the job and being productive on our behalf. Maybe some new rules or laws are called for. The public could demand that Congress pass a law that prohibits the President or Congress from ever again using the federal workforce as bargaining chips or pawns in their legislative or political disputes. And while we are at it, let's also reduce the power that House and Senate majority leaders have to stop bills from coming to the floor for a vote. Government workforce shutdowns create disruption, mostly to the lives of the workers. How would the members of Congress, the President and their staffs like it if the same disruptions were slapped upon them? The financial cost to all of us to finally put things back in order will be high. Our leaders display a lack … [Read more...] about Letters to the Editor: The shutdown, the wall, traffic congestion
As holidays usher the region into its peak tourist season, travel and traffic will become words of the day. Seasonal residents who have returned for the winter, and those living here year-round, are beginning to endure longer drive times. The question many will ask: Can’t something be done about the traffic? Well, there are some ideas, both good and not-so-desirable, under consideration in Collier County. Can roads be widened and intersections improved to reduce traffic congestion? Certainly. But at what cost? If you’re concerned about traffic, we suggest you pay attention to the road discussions ahead. Naples A study of how to better move traffic through the core of Naples, while making it safer for pedestrians and cyclists, began in 2016 and has reached its final stages. There is a long distance to travel before the recommendations become reality, or are scrapped, but the Naples City Council is split over what surely will be controversial. It’s called a … [Read more...] about Editorial: As traffic returns, what’s the cost of fixing the problem?