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
Inrix found that San Francisco-area drivers spent about 118 hours in traffic last year, putting our commuters on par with drivers in Portland; Sochi, Russia and Johannesburg, South Africa. Inrix found that San Francisco-area drivers spent about 118 hours in traffic last year, putting our commuters on par with drivers in Portland; Sochi, Russia and Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: Noah Berger, Special To The Chronicle Photo: Noah Berger, Special To The Chronicle Image 1 of / 48 Caption Close Image 1 of 48 Inrix found that San Francisco-area drivers spent about 118 hours in traffic last year, putting our commuters on par with drivers in Portland; Sochi, Russia and Johannesburg, South Africa. Inrix found that San Francisco-area drivers spent about 118 hours in traffic last … [Read more...] about San Francisco peak hour commuters lost nearly 5 days to traffic congestion last year, study says
Ryan Deberardinis/Dreamstime.comThe land of the free manages to have some pretty congested freeways. That's according to transportation analytics firm INRIX's new 2018 Global Traffic Scorecard, which ranks metro areas by how much time auto commuters waste in rush hour traffic. Topping the list are European and Latin American metros, with drivers in Bogota, Moscow, and London all losing over 200 hours a year to congestion. U.S. cities look better by comparison, but commuters here still manage to idle away an incredible amount of time behind the wheel. INRIX's scorecard finds Boston to be the most congested city in the country. Drivers there spend 164 hours (nearly a full week) in rush hour traffic each year. A close second is Washington, D.C., where commuters are losing 155 hours to gridlock. Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle fill out the rest of the top six in INRIX's rankings—which weigh time lost to congestion against a city's population—with drivers in these … [Read more...] about American Commuters Lose 97 Hours, $87 Billion to Traffic Congestion, Says New Report
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
Traffic planners are encouraging local beach visitors to invest in Florida SunPass transponders to save time and ease traffic congestion at Pensacola Beach toll booths during the busy summer tourism season, but Gulf Breeze Police Chief Robert Randle and some beach residents say they are not sold on the new toll system. The transponders allow motorists to drive through any toll booth lane without stopping to give an attendant the $1 toll. David Forte, manager of public works for Escambia County, said the transponders will help traffic flow during the Fourth of July weekend and during the Blue Angels Pensacola Beach Air Show July 15 and 16. "It is strongly recommended that frequent visitors to Pensacola Beach, especially for the Fourth and the Blues' weekend, go ahead and purchase a transponder," he said. "Any driver who has a valid SunPass transponder and/or a Pensacola Beach Annual Pass can simply drive right through the toll booth lane without a need … [Read more...] about SunPass: Is it helping beach traffic congestion or not?