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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

tools for the next traffic jam

Think your daily commute is grueling? Let’s put it into proper perspective:
Highway 54, known today as EDSA(after the 1986 Revolution) got a big hell
of a bad  traffic just yesterday in Makati Magallanes , crawling to a almost
3 hours drive from BGC to Rockwell, and 1.5 hour from Makati to Rockwell,
EDSA having the absolute worst traffic in the nation, the Philippines didnt rank
among the world’s most traffic-clogged cities. Motorists in the City of Manila,
and Edsa yesterday may think they spend half their lives sitting in traffic, but
data shows that commuters in the most congested city in the world – Moscow –
suffer an average delay of 76 minutes per hour driven during peak travel times.
In other words, a trip that might otherwise take 60 minutes will take well over
two hours during rush hour.

commuters across the globe spend an average of eight days of their lives stuck in
traffic jams over the course of a year, which is more than enough to eat up the
equivalent of a week’s “vacation” sitting behind the wheel.

These are the 10 cities in the world with the most congested traffic:
1. Moscow  2. Istanbul 3. Rio de Janeiro  4. Mexico  5. São Paulo

heavy rains caused massive traffic jam in Makati  picture from a reader in TopGear


causing massive  traffic  picture from a reader in TopGear

we have experienced mega traffic jams just this yr. 2014  in my lifetime.
the first one happens just this yr when the truck ban was lifted in the City,
with a bad railway system, which is supposed to manage hauling of the container;
the job was given to trucking companies, all the trucks from the ports of Manila
used all 3 lanes causing  a mass jam. yes, of epic proportions.

The traditional responses to congestion, such as building new roads or widening
existing ones are no longer proving to be effective. the proposal of phasing out
old 15 yr old vehicle and banning them on the road is outright dumb, and the no
private vehicles on EDSA proposal is stupid. thats not a sign of "progress"
I ask you, now, is traffic a sign of progress? or was that a joke to entertain?

Motorists living in any of the most congested cities would be well advised to
invest in a top-notch sound system download a library’s worth of audio books,
equip your car with wifi, google maps, and WAZE navigation on yor tablet.
to help pass the time as pleasurably as is possible.  the WAZE app,
you could see real-time traffic updates from friends and fellow travelers ahead of
you, they can actually chat and post messages like "hey dont go there"
and showing faster routes that others are taking.  once installed
on your android equipped tablet, having a GPS with real-time traffic can often
help indicate the proverbial roads less traveled as alternatives to sitting traffic
taking public transportation is not an option in this country since thieves and
snatchers will have more time to plan their attack.

picture taken from TopGear credits to the author

long lines of traffic  from dusk til dawn. credits to a reader who uploaded the photo to TopGear

if you love motorcycles, another alternative is to read this.

this is your loveboy DENNIS signing out

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