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Traffic congestion can affect us in many ways.
The Transport Agency tries to reduce major congestion where possible.
There are many ways to ease congestion, including:
Demand management – Reducing the number of vehicles on a road at any one time. This can be done by:
Driver information systems - allows drivers to make decisions about their route and time of travel.
Build more lanes so traffic is less congested -This is very expensive because the traffic peak lasts only a short time each day, so the extra lanes would be unused most of the time.
Better use of the road space you already have – Using smart tools such as:
Ramp signals - A traffic light at the end of an on-ramp directs traffic to enter a motorway and then merge with the mainline flow. The speed of traffic on the motorway and motorway travel times are improved with ramp signals.
High occupancy vehicle or bus lanes - encourage people to carpool or get the bus which means fewer vehicles on the road.
Traffic congestion affects people in many ways. It can also affects the environment. Image: NZTA.
Having people use public transport helps to ease traffic congestion. Image: NZTA.
Information and control systems let people know of traffic conditions and manage traffic flows during incidents or congestion. Image: HMI Technologies.
The speed of traffic on the motorway and motorway travel times are improved with ramp signals. Image: http://transportblog.co.nz/2014/02/08/do-ramp-signals-really-help/.
You could plan and do a study of traffic volumes outside your school at different times of the day.