KEYSTRATEGIES FOR REDUCING TRAFFIC JAMS
Consumer expectations for reduced travel times are increasingly impacting traffic across the globe. Unfortunately, the disjuncture between consumer expectations and provider aspirations cannot be solved with more concrete and steel. That being said, how do we make it easier for people and products to move from A to B more efficiently and effectively?
Mass transit exists for a finite number of reasons, one being to reduce traffic on the roads and to make it easy for people to move around a large area. However, urban sprawl has outpaced transit optimization. For example, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council reports over six million rapid rail trips and nearly one million suburban rail trips on any given weekday. Passenger volumes in areas like New York are painful: queuing up on a cramped subway platform, pushing and shoving when the train finally arrives. This rush not only delays a given train's route, but also drives a cascade of delays for the trains that follow, in addition to concerns around passenger safety.
The key to solving these issues lies in rail optimization. While the path to a fully optimized rail system is long, rail operations experts are already implementing targeted strategies to improve the rail system in the near-term. One of the focus areas receiving early attention is mitigating chaos in a crowded train platform. This may seem like an overwhelming task, but there are measures that can improve the efficiency of mass rail transit and reduce traffic.