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California DOT uses communications technology to improve traffic flow

GasBuddy Blog -- For as long as the U.S. has had cars traveling on roads and highways, our answer to alleviating traffic has been to build more roads and highways. And no matter how many times we've been disappointed by the short-term approach of 'adding more lanes', transportation experts, engineers and politicians have been reluctant to try anything else.

California's DOT may be changing that with management of communications technology to expedite traffic flow. That's what they're doing with the San Mateo Smart Corridor Project.

We’re working together to help people get to where they are going easier and faster,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “This is a good example of how technology can help us make better use of the...


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angieoke
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2012 6:50:10 PM

whatever it takes to help
honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 5:53:35 AM

static traffic flow patterns are the biggest obstacle to traffic flow.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 11:07:02 AM

Every little helps
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Old story now.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 10:33:37 AM

Hope it works.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 10:27:04 AM

It will be nice if it works
woodyzee
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 10:27:03 AM

It will be nice if it works
woodyzee
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It will be nice if it works
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SkyNet?!
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 9:17:31 AM

saw this earlier. It's a good idea as long as the computers don't take over the world.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 9:14:04 AM

start making those Jettson cars so we won't need lights.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 9:12:57 AM

This is great news. Many major cities should use this. So much fuel and time wasted by people sitting in traffic jams. One accident or bottleneck can stop the flow so quickly.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 9:12:45 AM

Fix the Roads First!
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 9:10:53 AM

A less expensive way would be to move to West Texas. Very little traffic out there. That would be about as far east as you need to consider.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 9:10:47 AM

WILL BE A DROP IN THE BUCKET
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 9:09:48 AM

We will see.

Traffic flow is graded from an "A" to an "F" and most would think you want all "A's" but that is not the case.

Sometimes a C or D is just fine since in order to be graded an A the road, street or highway has to have consistent at or near speed limit flow 24/7.

Backing up for commuters or shoppers may be better than going broke putting in interstate highways everywhere or changing streets to one way and only allowing right hand turns so that you can get that coveted "A."

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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 9:08:51 AM

Good for them.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 9:08:39 AM

government work: it'll get done late and come in way over budget then fail a month later.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 9:08:32 AM

Might just work!!
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 9:08:17 AM

The population is growing and so is the number of cars on the highways. This will not change until we have a population drop or the roads get too crowded and people voluntarily stop driving.
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Could not give a crap.
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hope it works.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 9:05:25 AM

old news
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 9:05:19 AM

California DOT cannot find an intersection with both hands on the road map
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flow, flow, flow your boat...

We are praying for those of you hurt by H. Sandy.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 9:04:30 AM

Old.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 9:03:00 AM

It'll all be better once self-driving cars are on the road!
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 9:02:00 AM

Old news.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 9:01:42 AM

good
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 9:01:35 AM

Good luck.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:59:52 AM

more states need to try this
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:58:33 AM

Might work.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:58:05 AM

About time and maybe help with local traffic as well traffic signals make no sense , you get a green in one street only to get a red light at the next no flow at all....
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:57:52 AM

This is a repeat
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:57:30 AM

why did it take so long ?
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:57:01 AM

Will see how it goes... Sounds like a good plan.
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Our Freeways need all the help that's possible.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:53:47 AM

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:52:46 AM

Old news and bad at that.
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Time will tell
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:50:31 AM

There will always be someone who follows the GPS directions into the middle of the desert. This technology is not for them.
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California is last place I would want to drive a car!!! And that's sad because growing up I always wanted to cruise rodeo drive or sunset drive in a mustang convertible.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:48:51 AM

Time will tell.....
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:48:13 AM

old news
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:48:06 AM

'hang up and drive' would help traffic flow too....
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Watch out for the hackers!
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:43:33 AM

Just another excuse to raise gas prices.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:43:32 AM

2 days running ...
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:42:51 AM

Old "news".
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Old news...
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:40:50 AM

yes, put technology to work...
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