It turns out a few Bay Area drivers are responsible for all of that gridlock we sit in on a daily basis. Actually, it could be you.
Researchers at UC Berkeley and MIT took a look the habits of more than 300,000 drivers over a three-week period (Yup, in case you didn’t already know you could easily be tracked with your cell phone. As long as it is on, it is sending out signals). In the study, published in Scientific Reports, researchers found that drivers coming from outlying areas are the cause of the slow downs. Basically, everyone leaves at the start of the commute hour and end up traveling together to their destination. A bit like a flock of birds, a slow moving, angry flock of birds.
According to researches, if one percent of drivers altered their commute times they could reduce their time spent on the road by 14 percent, or about 10 minutes.
The MTA has responded to the report, saying the best way to space out traffic is to add metering lights to freeways and onramps in the most congested areas.
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