Checkout the group, and if live in the Washington DC metro area, consider joining us that day! And while you are on the group site, please take our poll: What should our tag line be?
And while we are on the topic, did you see the Scientific American’s September 2011 Special Issue on Better, Greener, Smarter Cities? One statistic that I have been told is that of an urban area’s traffic, 30% is simply the people looking for parking. That sounds like a REALLY large fraction. Is that really true? If it is indeed true, then sounds interesting just to guess what might happen if that traffic could be eliminated. I would think that with 30% less traffic, and with traffic displaying such non-linear phenomenon, the effect on a cities traffic would be very significant.
Yet another reason for the transpologists to get together I guess!
NTELX to Present at 2011 ITS Europe Congress Jun 1st, 2011
Dr. Amrinder Arora, Vice President – Technology, will present a Flexible Appointment Based System with Adaptive Response to Traffic and Processing Delays at the 8th ITS European Congress in Lyon on June 7th, 2011.
Based on NTELX’s patented algorithms, the system uses multiple inputs, including ocean vessel and train arrival data, the terminal processing times, the real-time traffic information, and truck locations and statistical records to adjust the appointment slots and communicates in real-time with participating trucks to update the appointments. An implementation of this system is currently in use at the Jordan-Syria free trade zone near the town of Nasib.
The full conference agenda (PDF) is available through the ITS website.
Say, I-66 is jam packed. (Oh wait, supposition not needed. It is jam-packed – any day, any time.)
Suppose, HoV lane is moving freely. (Supposition needed along with prayer.)
So, your idea is that you could let a small number of lucky vehicles into the HoV lane, and still not overcrowd HoV, while at the same time alleviating some congestion from the main lanes. How do you do it? Keep in mind, you can’t say every “3rd” car, since every car is a 3rd car depending upon who is doing the counting. So, your method must be deterministic based on the car. Secondly, you should be able to change your method next time this lucky scenario happens. Thirdly, it would be nice if there was a way to easily confirm the criteria from a distance.
When dealing with congestion management, there are so many orders of effects, that it really helps to start with a simple change that people have consensus on. That change can enable other changes and those other changes can enable other changes, and situation can change drastically through a sequence of simple changes.
Many evolutionary changes, when looked through a different prism of time, may appear to be a revolution, even though they consisted of twenty evolutionary steps.
That, precisely, was my message during the ITSA 2010 executive session presentation.