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Old July 22nd, 2007, 12:34 PM   #441
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Old July 23rd, 2007, 09:53 AM   #442
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I still do not understand why people are proud of their bad development that causes traffic jams,...
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Old July 24th, 2007, 07:46 AM   #443
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Interesting pictures with crowded streets and railways are empty? What happened to the trains? Why not they use it to avoid the traffic jams?
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Old July 24th, 2007, 11:59 PM   #444
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WOAH!!!!!!!!!!! O_o
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Old July 25th, 2007, 01:51 AM   #445
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Yep that is my city!

I read that a while ago, Seattle ranked as US's third most congested cities behind New York City and Los Angeles. Seattle traffics are getting worse every month because Seattle and its metro area are continue growing. We are expecting more than two million residents to live here within two decades from now.

I grew up in southern California, Los Angeles traffics aren't bad as compared to Seattle, New York City, and Boston. Los Angeles has more rooms to wide its freeways which is why the traffics are flowing very well and easy to manage it than compared to another three cities I listed. Seattle has very limited geography which made it much difficult to wide its freeways. Seattle is being forced to build public transit system (e.i. buses, light rail, and streetcars) to reduce traffics and handle future growth. New York City is already congusted cities with no room to improve its system but people have to use their public transit system to get around the city without stuck in the traffic jams. As for Boston, I am sure most of you guys heard of Big Digs that made it much worse and possibly won't improving since they're spending more than fifteen billion dollars on Big Dig projects.

As for the world, I have seen almost all pages of this thread, I couldn't believe what I saw. What's wrong with the drivers and the government!?!?!? Their government need to take more control on that issues such as taking their driver's licenses away and set up new laws just like developed countries did. It would improve these issues dramatically if the government have more control for it.
The biggest problem with Seattle is that it doesn't have any rapid transit at all, though has a population that desperately needs one. All it has is buses, and I believe none of the routes are BRT.

Once they get their light rail finished, you'll see congestion drop significantly.
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Old July 25th, 2007, 03:58 AM   #446
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The biggest problem with Seattle is that it doesn't have any rapid transit at all, though has a population that desperately needs one. All it has is buses, and I believe none of the routes are BRT.

Once they get their light rail finished, you'll see congestion drop significantly.
Actually. First part of Light rail (Sound Transit) from downtown Seattle to Sea-Tac International Airport will open in 2009. It won't help reduce traffics much. Second part from Downtown Seattle to Husky Stadium/Northgate will open in 2016. It will help reduce the traffics on I-5 freeway. The entire light rail system will be completed by 2030. It will reduce traffics on I-5, I-90, 520, and I-405 freeways dramatically. Recently Seattle Metro services ordered 500 new buses and all of them will be arrive between present day to three years from now. It will help reduce some traffics. Seattle does have Bus Rapid Transit but it is closed during light rail construction. It will reopen this September and be in operate again. The City of Bellevue (just across Lake Washington from Seattle) is considering to get Bus Rapid Transit at same time as they get light rail system.
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Old July 25th, 2007, 04:22 AM   #447
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Seattle had the #2 transit ridership per capita in the Western US, by city and by MSA, in 2005. Not great, but not as bad as the other metros. In addition to rail being constructed, we recently voted a 20% increase in bus service for King County. Actually the 500 includes some replacement buses but many are for new service. And yes, we have some BRT as well as probably 100+ miles of HOV lanes in the metro.

Our traffic, not that I care, is due to a lack of surface arterials compared to cities that have grids going everywhere -- our roads converge into a few major routes that cross bridges, circle hills, etc. Also we have fewer freeway miles than many US cities.
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Old July 25th, 2007, 10:30 AM   #448
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Interesting pictures with crowded streets and railways are empty? What happened to the trains? Why not they use it to avoid the traffic jams?

the trains run every 5 minute, many people using them.
But still lots of people travel by cars, coz the rail system still not
extend to the whole city.
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Old July 25th, 2007, 07:29 PM   #449
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the trains run every 5 minute, many people using them.
But still lots of people travel by cars, coz the rail system still not
extend to the whole city.
Ahhh I see. Are they planning to extend it to the whole city soon?
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Old July 26th, 2007, 02:51 AM   #450
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The westbound Cross-Bronx Expwy is usually packed from the Brunckner Interchange to the GWB durring the week.

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Old July 26th, 2007, 03:06 PM   #451
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Ahhh I see. Are they planning to extend it to the whole city soon?

Yes, they are doing so.

another five more extension routes both subway and skyline will be constructed soon.
besides, extension of the two current routes to suburb area are being done now.
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Yes, they are doing so.

another five more extension routes both subway and skyline will be constructed soon.
besides, extension of the two current routes to suburb area are being done now.
That's wonderful! Do you think it will get better once they're completed?
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Old July 27th, 2007, 08:15 PM   #453
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The city with the worst traffic has to be Lagos in Nigeria.
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Old July 27th, 2007, 08:46 PM   #454
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That's wonderful! Do you think it will get better once they're completed?

Of course, I think it will be better. People in suburb area won't
anylonger need to drive through inner city to work.

there will be a direct link from the new airport to downtown too, I think it will finish next year after years of delay.
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Old July 27th, 2007, 11:20 PM   #455
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Worst country in traffic;

Tomorrow: France. Black saturday in traffic, all routes to the south jammed over hundreds of kilometers.
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Old July 29th, 2007, 09:00 PM   #456
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Of course, I think it will be better. People in suburb area won't
anylonger need to drive through inner city to work.

there will be a direct link from the new airport to downtown too, I think it will finish next year after years of delay.
That's great!
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Old August 6th, 2007, 12:41 AM   #457
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u got any pics lol???
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Old August 6th, 2007, 04:57 AM   #458
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That Bangkok one looks pretty bad.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 05:13 AM   #459
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The traffic in some of these cities looks to be a result of bad roads, bad signage, bad roadway design, or bad government more than simply heavy traffic.
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Old August 7th, 2007, 04:18 AM   #460
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After viewing this thread, Americans don't really have too much to complain about as far as traffic goes. Having said that, the D.C. area can be fairly rough. I have never been able to go from the Mixing Bowl to Fredericksburg, VA (a distance of about 50 miles) without driving in almost bumper to bumper traffic the entire distance. It used to be that the interstates suffered the worst from the area's traffic problems, but now, the surface roads are completely congested. It took me over an hour to merge onto an expressway from an area surface road, and there wasn't even an accident, just pure volume. I have a few photos which I found on the internet.



This is a picture of Interstate 66 in Prince William County, VA, some 30 miles from D.C. (Traffic is coming towards us)


Surface road in Loudoun County, VA


Frederick, MD (Around 50 miles from D.C.)


Apparently D.C. has always had bad traffic
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