Not All Drivers Are Created Equal

So I’ve been commuting for a week now and while I love my new job the drive to get there is killing me. Everyday, it seems, there is a huge accident that insufferably delays my drive time.

And as it turns out, that drive time is being impacted differently by different drivers.

The Atlantic Cities reported last week on a new study that removing certain types of drivers actually has different impacts on congestion:

The central finding of the the paper, published today in Scientific Reports, is that while keeping one percent of all drivers off the road cuts traffic congestion by three percent, eliminating the same number of drivers from particular neighborhoods can reduce travel time for everyone else by a whopping 18 percent.

The article goes on to mention that in San Francisco, removing drivers from certain neighborhoods, for example, would significantly alleviate drive times.

I didn’t have time to examine the study itself — I’m spending all my time as a prisoner in my car — but I could imagine these findings leading to more targeted uses of public transit. And at worst, I suppose, they give scientific credence to the idea that all the idiot drivers live in specific locations.

One of the many traffic jams I experienced last week.

One of the many traffic jams I experienced last week.

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4 responses to “Not All Drivers Are Created Equal

  1. blogger

    Out of plain curiosity, why aren’t you taking FrontRunner to work? I know that right now it has issues keeping a schedule during rush hour; are you waiting for those issues to be resolved?

    • Good question. Because I work for a newspaper I have to have a car available to me at all times so I can go to breaking news. I considered leaving my car in salt lake and then commuting via train but my editors were less than enthused about that idea because they sometimes send me to news that isn’t in SLC. If I had a job that didn’t require going all over the place everyday it would definitely work.

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