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Wendover Productions (2 years ago)
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AHR 12 (16 days ago)
Mohamed Hijazi (3 months ago)
I love the way you pull up info and the way you present it. I wish you would do a comparison between suburban train, commuter train, elevated/ at grade light rail, c train, street car, tram, at grade/elevated/ underground metro train, mono rail, sky rail, tram bus, electric bus on grid, In terms of capacity, speed, vehicular conflict, punctuality, stop/station types, fare collection types, overhead or track level power supply options, driverless ability, visual positive or negative presentability, width required for two way transport, density of people required for 0.8km radius around station to sustain. cost of construction per km, cost of unit train, station/ stop cost, station/stop maintenance cost, driver cost, support staff cost, cost of fare collection systems and if it will be worth to collect fares, daily ridership required to sustain maintenance, payback period for each. This question might seem stupid but why is there no construction under elevated lines? Are there any restrictions for commercial residential space under an elevated line. I believe if construction is done then the lines could be less unsightly while generating revenue from establishments below.
MushroomMan (3 months ago)
Carofdoom1126 (5 months ago)
You haf to opportunity to too, you had to resist!
Metadragon (6 months ago)
rhys pratt (1 day ago)
“Head on at 100 miles per hour”.... uhhhh i dont think so buddy
Justin Aeneas (1 day ago)
Busses greatly decrease the number of cars on the road when they run close to full-occupancy. And they are INCREDIBLY safer. According to CNN, for every billion miles traveled, 5.75 deaths occur in cars as opposed to 0.14 in busses, making busses 41x safer than cars.
Justin Aeneas (1 day ago)
Self-driving cars! They vastly reduce accidents that cause traffic jambs. And computers pay better attention green lights and speed-ups.
Max Mann (1 day ago)
I cannot take anyone seriously who still thinks that round about are a good thing
Suit One (3 days ago)
3:10 WRX :))
Jamie Wells (4 days ago)
Minnesota be smart.
sar lacc (4 days ago)
Metering lights example is beyond stupid. The entire bay area freeway infrastructure has metering lights and the traffic congestion in the bay area is among the worst in the nation
Marius Nel (5 days ago)
Francisco Vazquez Avila (6 days ago)
I'm sorry but I just can't possibly digest this without the sources. How on earth can you possibly know the ratio between lanes and cars expands by 1:1? That alongside tons of graphs with no sources to be seen
Crifstar (7 days ago)
Decreasing traffic only encourages more traffic
Γρηγόρης Αράπης (7 days ago)
How to stop traffic? Make self driving cars.
CatViral (8 days ago)
*The United Nations wants to know you're location*
Smeagol P. Galliaro de Uniz con Rediesia III (10 days ago)
the real problem with traffic circle is when one back s up they all do
Smeagol P. Galliaro de Uniz con Rediesia III (10 days ago)
Larry Jeffryes (11 days ago)
I’m so sick of the guy who payed for this vid with his add. Ba bye
Nae Nae Goblin 69 (11 days ago)
Just move bro
*Linkzy Zeus* (12 days ago)
How to fix traffic? Get rid of cars
um mapping (10 days ago)
epic solution
Kevin Roylance Photography (11 days ago)
You must live in the city. I have to drive 10 miles to get to the nearest store
CAI ARCOS (12 days ago)
Traffic can be very counter intuitive
kathras yuyu (13 days ago)
Rodrigo Samayoa (16 days ago)
You forgot the best solution of all - public transit. There is no better way to reduce traffic than to provide people with convenient and affordable alternatives.
James Dinius (17 days ago)
The problem in the US is US drivers do NOT know how to use a roundabout, and freak whenever they see one.
Mc Frosty (17 days ago)
28 miles in 64 minutes during rush hour?.. What's the fuss about? You need to come to the UK and find out what traffic is really like
Josue R. (18 days ago)
Make it elegal to ride the left lane in highways under 45 mph
Dyloony Playz (19 days ago)
Australia has been using roundabouts for so long
kepha Aswile (19 days ago)
Sorry sir can I have your email
Neil Master (20 days ago)
Ironic that at 5:37, what he was discussing almost happened in the top right section of the video.
ElZamo92 (21 days ago)
If I’ve learned anything from Biffa is that roundabouts are the answer.
Johnsky100 (21 days ago)
How bout a train or rap-it city bus going along the highway like the one in Colombia 🇨🇴 city bus
Who Knows (22 days ago)
Am I too late for that blue apron deal?
William Kelley (23 days ago)
As an American, I can't imagine how I would handle a diverging diamond intersection in England or Australia.
amazing world (23 days ago)
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K Ben (24 days ago)
Wanna solve traffic problems ?? The solution is simple, starting handing out tickets and demerit points to idiots who dont stick to the speed limit, idiots who do not know how to change lanes and idiots who dont know how to merge into traffic. Revenue for the government and keep the idiots off the road.
utterbullspit (24 days ago)
Ramp meters don't work. Still too many cars on the road
Commander Nametager (24 days ago)
3:16 that's not Minnesota metering lights
alien gamer (25 days ago)
Hey Wendover, you know part of this video ended up on dutch TV?
Vilmer Zackrisson (25 days ago)
When you live in Sweden and you see Stockholm :)
william (27 days ago)
Cuz ppl don’t know how to drive
Guds777 (27 days ago)
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Ariel Perez (30 days ago)
Shoutout to Katy, Texas!
Brett Karst (1 month ago)
Well done. Check out Denver.....
Alexandra M (1 month ago)
When they did the widening project for I10 it still had to go under 610 and still a bottle neck. All that construction for nothing.
bear meneer (1 month ago)
the neterlands have a lot of roundabout so many like you get sick if you ride to fast like not fun
Nicola Li (1 month ago)
"discomfort is saving lives" is what ergonomic psychology taught me in 2005. Only back then it was all the rage to add that extra red brake light on top of the two already there. After a few years and everyone making it the new normal the effect was lost on reducing collision.
ExtraSync (1 month ago)
Self driving cars will fix this
GremoryDrago (1 month ago)
They are harder for the deaf and blind......BLIND.....THE BLIND
Rigel Sinco (1 month ago)
In addition, I guess, if there is a like a station in the center of these roundabouts with either actual people inside or people located somewhere nearby (adding jobs to people) remotely monitoring the road and show visual images presented like ads to remind drivers of the dangers of over-speeding, etc. then maybe accidents will go down further?
themarmite95 (1 month ago)
06:33 - this guy forgot he wasn't driving a bus. Only people with a reasonable skill level of driving should be allowed on the road - take people like this off the roads and there'll be fewer crashes.
Brijesh Patel (1 month ago)
Use public transport till the boring company finish tunnels and whole world apply it
then benagcz (1 month ago)
You need public transport in cities
Shannon Lee (1 month ago)
3:03 is 100% Seattle and it’s literally one of the WORST spots to drive. It’s pack 2:00pm-7:30pm daily.
TayLybb (1 month ago)
Also, companies should let more employees telecommute.
JayFreezeBoston (1 month ago)
AWESOME!.... 6:33 is Copley Square, Boston and the walkover pass between malls.
Ryan C (1 month ago)
That’s weird, In Australia roundabouts are proven as more dangerous to drive around and create far more congestion. The government is slowly removing them instead of building more.
cyklofil (1 month ago)
Many americans here in the comment section laughing at a idea of getting a bus instead of a car don't probably realise how good public transport is in europe. E.g. in Poland where i live in a big city its often faster to get places by bus since they often have seperate lanes from the other cars. The only issue really comes down to them being sometimes crowded during rush hours.
BaAnRiT.JeAaNl (1 month ago)
I once was in a 6hour traffic jam because of a round-a-bout.
MR. K (13 days ago)
And I was in an accident because of an intersection
RedAngel (1 month ago)
1:40 Moscow, Russia. Yaaaay!
Kannan K R (1 month ago)
Its a cartel which doesn't want the public transit system to get properly implemented in any city in US. And the cartel includes - all the biggies in car_manufacturing, tire companies, oil companies and insurance firms... Do you think that the state have not thought about this proble. Sorry, there will be at least one or two good people who might have thought about an effective public transit system which can inturn fix this issue - and they might have silenced by this cartel.... If you need to understand this more - read about "why US doesn't have long-distance railway networks" and read about "Phoebus cartel" (follows the same principles)....
Daddy old TV (1 month ago)
Similar here in the metro manila cities, philippines, traffic is almost not moving
Jerry McKenzie (1 month ago)
So.... you CAN'T fix traffic. That's what I thought.
iamjohnporter67 (23 days ago)
The only solution we have is self driving cars. Its humans because they are so distracted that they cause traffic jams and accidents.
Gradivus. (1 month ago)
28 lanes? What a retarded way to spend money, all while increasing the carbon footprint. In Germany, not a single highway has more than 8 lanes. Simply build rail lines and keep the roads at mostly two and occasionally four lanes, it's not rocket science.
Jacob Lang (1 month ago)
How to fix traffics forever. One word. P L A N E S
Credit Tech (1 month ago)
Aye I live in katy bruh
Chase H (1 month ago)
3:26 - Crashes increased by 26% Minnesota: "Some of you may die... But that is a sacrifice I am willing to make"
Frostburn Spirit (1 month ago)
No one solution to traffic you say? Clickbait
MexicanReformist (1 month ago)
Great Video!!!
Mister Gunsen (1 month ago)
Why would a classic interchange cost double the amount of a diverting diamond?! it needs the same or more space and also has 2 sets of traffic lights.
Jimmy karago (1 month ago)
Roundabouts are choke holds
Kansas Sam Brokeback (1 month ago)
Another idea would be to maim all these self important fucks that sit at the green light staring at their phones while everyone in front of them has moved on.
Xcobar (1 month ago)
Invest in public transportation
Eamonn daley (1 month ago)
One way to solve traffic that i'm surprised you didn't mention in this video is self driving cars. Doing this would also dramatically decrease the number of accidents.
Dylan Shramko (1 month ago)
It's easy, get rid of cars
Freddy Fox 500 (1 month ago)
Move out of major cities. Public transport is a pain and I don't like people.
Charlie H (1 month ago)
what makes public transport a pain?
Adler Mow (1 month ago)
So, to surmise: 1- "Free" streets are very costly, as you are subsidizing traffic. 2- More rules equals to more chaos, fewer rules equals flexibility. 3- Equality in treating pedestrians, cars, bicycles and motor vehicles equals freedom, safety and efficiency! Sounds this goes in the direction of an anarchistic system, albeit a market one (due to pricing)! And it *works* !
justicia (1 month ago)
First you have to fix people
Okidoke (1 month ago)
More people should ride motorcycles. So many Asian countries I've been to where the people mainly drive scooters/mopeds/etc all seem to negotiate the traffic easily and rarely have accidents because they are all aware of their surroundings and being cautious, even if not adhering to strict traffic laws. I just cam back from Thailand and felt more at ease riding a bicycle the wrong way up up busy road without wearing a helmet than I am in my own car in my state capital in Australia.
Kim Land (1 month ago)
Can you imagine being back in 2017 traffic. These people had no idea how bad it would get.
fredocorleone (1 month ago)
You can vastly reduce traffic just by putting a 25 cent toll on a road. People freak out and will avoid a road when they're charged something up-front and obvious, yet the same people will sit in traffic for an hour and waste $3 in gas on the same road with little problem. Putting a $1-2 toll on the most congested highways and improving bus service along them can cure traffic problems immensely.
fredocorleone (1 month ago)
Thumbs down for the clickbait title.
More Tea Is Required To Complete This Function (1 month ago)
Just turn on despawn cars
More Tea Is Required To Complete This Function (1 month ago)
*Biffa has joined the chat* ROUNDABOUTS
brkndr (1 month ago)
Biffa and Roundabout is the same word
runechuckie (1 month ago)
Lol adding a toll to certain bridges/routes simply does not work. For instance where j live we have state tolls and everyone just pays them especially if you are going to work because A. The tolls pay directly for road repairs (not every penny goes into some politicians pocket like some mag think) and B. The alternative route will get you where you need to go but add about 30-60 minutes usually making the route now unviable for work commutes.
runechuckie (1 month ago)
I should add this is where I'm from, obviously certain areas a toll might help.
Amar Khalilollahi (1 month ago)
I live in the Bay Area and know for a fact that not only do ramp meters severely congest the roads onto the ramp it actually has little to no effect on the volume of traffic on the highway. Probably the only viable solutions are to loosen zoning laws, broadly, and then to improve public transportation
Sam Hammond (1 month ago)
Let’s just remove pedestrians. Oh and cyclists too. those little bastards can go to hell
1aikane (1 month ago)
The only way to decrease traffic is to decrease the population
udunn0jb (1 month ago)
0:42 do you count 28 lanes? Cuz I sure don’t
Corry Andrew (1 month ago)
That isn’t the widest part of the freeway look it up Katy freeway houston
Damian (1 month ago)
:D 9:30 You can see how it helps. The entire right corked strip because they must give way. The whole is poorly designed. There are 4 lanes. Let them enter only two lanes from each part and let the others be at different heights. PS: I use translator.
Cole_ 337 (1 month ago)
I go to Houston a lot and you actually showed an exit I usually go on. I travel on Katy freeway and it works very well and usually goes smooth. But hey shout out to Houston
raheim21 (1 month ago)
Great video! Bad example of Divergent Diamond Interchanges.
MrViMichael (1 month ago)
Why in US nobody switch lanes and doesnt keep right when you are fkin slow?
Liam Murphy (1 month ago)
Easy, limit the number of licence plates that can be issued. You build a road system for 500,000 cars then that's what you limit your registered cars to. Want to replace your current car with a new one, no problem your old plate will be transferred to your new car. Your old car will either be scrapped or someone may buy it who has a current licence plate. This would also encourage people to make better use of public transport.
Jeff Scott (1 month ago)
3:02 is that Seattle?
Jake Ludwig (1 month ago)
Take a train
Kaiser Basileus (1 month ago)
Adding tolls amount to making things less convenient. That's called regression! And, it disproportionately affects the poor. And it increases bureaucracy and decreases efficiency.
Kaiser Basileus (1 month ago)
You said it was expanded to 28 lanes but the most i saw was half that. Did you math wrong?
Vorgto (1 month ago)
The MN light test is invalid because no one here understands getting up to the speed of traffic when entering a roadway. FYI
Priscilla Emerald (2 months ago)
How to fix all traffic: Step One: Ban all motor vehicles. Step Two: Make all mass transit free. Step Three: ??? Step Four: Profit.
John Dooley (24 days ago)
They do this already in Italy and London where private cars are banned in ZTL's (Zone Trafico Limitada ) or people are charged to enter a congested zone. Public transport is very low cost or free for certain people, students and unwaged and disabled, and cheaper than all day parking. There are proposals to make inner city Dublin private car free but they have come to nothing. You need to get rid of all the retail shops who imagine they will lose business in such a move. That business is aleady gone to suburban shopping centres with free parking but the inner city shops do not realise this yet, online retail and local walking customers are whats left in the city.
Michael Pare (2 months ago)
Outlaw cars and make everyone ride bicycles.
plz can i get 1000 subs without a videolol (2 months ago)
Poyntons roundabout section is a mess to drive through, I drive past it many times a week
John Dooley (24 days ago)
That is what the man means by getting rid of hard and fast rules and introducing uncertainty into a system. Everyone slows down enough to eliminate dominant routes and share out the space more evenly between pedestrians, cars, bikes and whatever else is one the road. Look at what happens in India, people there are alert enough at junctions to get through despite huge congestion and no lights.
how i solve traffic jam? Working at night :D