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New research on Bay Area congestion—’fish school’ theory?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Researchers at UC Berkeley and MIT have for the first time used cellphone and GPS signals to track, in this case, more than 350,000 Bay Area drivers and have come up with what they say is a breakthrough to understanding traffic congestion. The bottom line: a relative small number of drivers from a few outlying neighborhoods who tend to commute in the same direction like schools of fish are disproportionately clogging up roads and freeways for the rest of us. The Mercury News writes about it. An excerpt:

"This has enormous potential," said study co-author Alex Bayen, a UC Berkeley professor of electrical engineering and computer science. "These findings are going to come into practice in the near future. This is not just a scientific study."

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