Why It’s Tough to Solve Traffic Congestion

First in the nation for gridlock, Washington, D.C. has a #1 award that no one wants. During 2014, D.C.’s average rush hour driver lost 82 hours in congestion. Think 10 years and you’ve used up a month. While traffic jams create…

How the Number 4 Relates to Traffic Congestion

While we would predict that Beijing’s traffic congestion wastes fuel and time, unhappiness is one externality that many of us would not cite.

Some Humor and Insight About Highway Congestion

Using road design as an example, we can show how innovation in our transportation infrastructure can improve productivity.

The Reason We Should Drive Around in Circles

As we improve our transportation infrastructure, the roundabout has become increasingly attractive because of safety, ease and cost.

The Cost of Traffic in Fort Lee

Have you ever thought of traffic congestion as a queue? Concerned about congestion on Oscar night, engineers in LA have manipulated traffic to keep the limo queues moving. Before Crash won the Oscar in 2006, street-based observers were calling in with,…

A Leading Indicator: The Good Side of Traffic Congestion

There might be a good news side to traffic congestion. After all, roads get busier when mall visits increase. Rush hour gets worse when extra people commute. And don’t more package deliveries from UPS, FedEx and the USPS clog up…

A Tragedy of the Commons: City Streets

As a frequent driver to NYC, I was surprised to learn how much space my car occupies. Driving down 5th Avenue at 15 kilometers an hour (9.3 MPH), my car requires 40 square meters of street (430 square feet). If I…

Negative Externalities: Who Causes Traffic Congestion?

Moving 5 MPH in rush hour traffic, do you ever think that you are the problem? In rush hour traffic, we create an extra 4 second delay for each car behind us. Add it all together and you get 4.8…

Singapore’s Pollution Solution

When a country’s economy is ranked the 2nd freest in the world, how do they manage auto congestion and pollution? By auctioning a limited number of vehicle permits, Singapore makes owning a car very expensive. A VW Passat in Singapore could cost…

Road Building Results

If extra road mileage is built, would you predict more or less traffic? The WSJ tells us that more roads led to additional driving from local residents, commercial traffic and people moving to the area. Public transportation did not influence…