Friday, February 24, 2012

Carpool and Gridlock

24 Feb 2012, Kuala Lumpur - let's switch off and read some interesting transportation related news.

Carpooling the German Way
News Article: PRI's The World
A German-based website,, performs carpool matching in 45 countries throughout Europe. Unlike the numerous existing carpool matching services in operation in the U.S., the German program accommodates longer-distance trips as well as local trips.

The Case for Roundabouts: Doing Laps Around the Circle City
Web Article: Next American City
The article talks about Carmel, Indiana, a city with a population of 85,000 and with about 80 roundabouts. Comparisons are made to neighboring Indianapolis, nicknamed the "Circle City."

How Bogota Inspired Sustainable Cities Across the Globe
News Article: This Big City
The City of Bogota, Columbia has transformed itself with an effective bus rapid transit system, an extensive network of physically-separate bicycle lanes, and numerous other measures that promote sustainability. New York City and cities in South Africa, China, and Jakarta are some of the locales worldwide that have adapted Bogota success stories for their application.

Smart Traffic Signals Get a Green Light
News Article: Government Technology
Ada County, Idaho is planning an adaptive traffic control system for its signalized intersections. Potential benefits of an adaptive system are summarized in the article.

How Gridlock Saves Lives
News Article: NASDAQ
The potential adverse impacts of urban traffic congestion have been well documented in terms of fuel consumption, economic activity, and driver stress. This article promotes one benefit of congestion: lower fatalities among motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

Sunset in Subang Jaya.

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