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Summer of 100 Photos, Day 76: Something that annoys you

changinglanes

There is this amazing little piece of technology–standard now on every car–that indicates to other drivers your intent to change lanes or otherwise deviate from your present course. You might have seen this small lever on the steering column and wondered why it makes blinky arrows appear on the instrument panel when you actuate it. The blinky arrows correspond to blinky lights on your car that indicate your intentions to other motorists! You would do well to remember to use them!

City Observatory Calculates Cost of Urban Sprawl For Commuters in U.S. Metros

Researcher creates a model for calculating the cost of urban sprawl as a function of commute duration. Guess who’s is the worst. (I’ll give you a hint: it’s not Los Angeles/Orange County!)

More than $107 billion annually, or about $1,400 per commuter, a new analysis finds.

Source: City Observatory Calculates Cost of Urban Sprawl For Commuters in U.S. Metros – CityLab

Traffic Simulation lets you create jams and experience the joy of abstract human misery

Traffic Simulation lets you create jams and experience the joy of abstract human misery

Source: Traffic Simulation lets you create jams and experience the joy of abstract human misery / Boing Boing

Atlanta’s Traffic Woes Trace Back To Railroads, Land Lotteries

“LA”, as I tell people who complain about southern California’s legendary traffic, simply stands for “Lesser Atlanta”.

For some people, the first image that comes to mind when you think of Atlanta is gridlock.

Source: Atlanta’s Traffic Woes Trace Back To Railroads, Land Lotteries

Do more roads really mean less congestion for commuters?

Short answer: yes.

In transportation, this well-established response is known in various contexts as the Downs-Thomson Paradox, The Pigou-Knight-Downs Paradox or the Lewis-Mogridge Position: a new road may provide motorists with some level of respite from congestion in the short term but almost all of the benefit from the road will be lost in the longer term.

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Massive downtown L.A. fire closes freeways, burns 3 towers

This is why traffic sucked this morning.

Flames could be seen for miles from the fire that broke out in the DaVinci apartment complex about 1:20 a.m. The fire closed freeways and roads, burst windows of nearby buildings and melted freeway signs.

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New Dynamic Speed Limit Signs On Atlanta Perimeter

I’ve been harping about a speed limit system like this ever since I saw it in action on the New Jersey Turnpike, and I’ll be curious to give it a try in a few weeks. Now, if only Cal-Trans can get with the program and install something similar on the 91 freeway!