Boston-area residents are chiming in with their ideas to fix the city’s problems with transportation and traffic congestion. “More parking and cheaper parking … and stop texting. No texting and driving,” Jamal Drayton of Boston said. Chris Goth of Brookline, originally from Copenhagen, looked toward his native city as an example, saying, “I think we should do even more with bikes. … They could do something to optimize the Green Line. It’s not good enough — it’s too packed and too slow.” Aaron Beals of Arlington said, “I think we need better transportation options. Whether it be rail or faster bus lanes.” Beals added that more incentives for carpooling would ease congestion, saying that the high occupancy vehicle lane isn’t enough, “There’s nothing else to group up and go.” Other residents such as Mike Powers of South Boston point to the city’s large population for traffic issues, … [Read more...] about Boston-area residents roll out ideas to fix traffic congestion
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
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?