Dealing with Demand: How These 8 Ports & Rail Yards are Cracking Congestion

The days of limitation are over. You can order almost anything and have it in your hand the next day if you so desire. Coincidentally, the removal of limitation provokes an increase in wants. Consumers are more demanding than ever before as we all fight for the newest goods. But what happens when demand becomes so high that we don’t have the infrastructure to support it?
If you look at Ports and Railroads today, increased demand and shipping volumes are taking a toll that on our economy is clear. From fees and embargoes to expansion projects, transportation managers are racing to develop and improve. The revitalization of shipping operations in anticipation for continuously rising demands is happening now.

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Uber: Traffic Congestion’s Cure or Epidemic?

Since launching in 2010, Uber has grown into a transportation giant, claiming over 50% of the ride-hauling market. The popularity of Uber stems from the convenience and affordability of their rides. Exact cost is calculated based on weather, demand and other unpredictable factors. Uber has long claimed that it can help reduce traffic by getting people into shared rides and eliminating circling in search of parking, but does it actually?

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Load up your car

There is nothing worse than having to travel during rush hour! Traveling during these times is chaotic and unpredictable. There have been attempts to determine the best possible solution to rush hour traffic with no clear answer. Cities have a potential solution to traffic, that is, congestion pricing through toll pricing or putting in High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes. Read More

Ride-sharing: Old Ideas, New Tech

carpooling

How many times have you thought “there just aren’t enough hours in the day”? I’m not sure about the average adult, but I promise you the average mother says this approximately 1000 times a week (or at least mine did). Trying to balance children and the rest of your life is no easy feat, so the moms of the world had to innovate. I present you with daycare and pre-made fruit platters. In fact, I propose that mothers created carpooling.

Whether this is true or not, it is highly probable. They needed a simple, collaborative and efficient way to get their children around. There was a network of parents and plenty of minivan seats to go around. Most millennials grew up carpooling with their friends, neighbours or teammates. Now we want to make our mothers proud in the only way we know how… add technology and scale up!

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Uber: A Matter of Convenience?

UberIt has been a busy morning. Coffee in hand, you rush to the door. Your foot catches on the edge of your new couch. The couch that sticks out just a little too far…

Three months ago, you were sure that nothing could be worse than that ratty old couch. It was falling apart and always smelled a little bit like feet, so you jumped at the online sale. The company delivered it to your door and took your old one away. It was an easy solution to a problem that had gone on for way too long. At least that’s what you had thought… until you tripped over it the first time…

Your perfect new couch doesn’t fit in your living room, but it was cheap and convenient so you bought it. That’s human nature. Convenience is a sneaky thing. So frequently, we sacrifice the smarter choice for the sake of making our day a little bit easier. Don’t want to make dinner? Take-out. Don’t feel like going to the gym? Sleep in. Don’t feel like taking the bus? Grab an Uber.

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Costs of Congestion: Economic Effects

Congestion

Let’s talk tangibles. So many of the issues in our lives can go unrecognized or unaddressed for ages. The laundry? It can wait until tomorrow. Visiting your in-laws? Next summer. However, there is one thing that almost always gets us moving: money. If you want someone to care about a problem, tell them how much it costs to ignore it!

Traffic congestion affects many different aspects of our day-to-day lives. It harms us and our environment, as mentioned previously, but it is also hurting our wallets. That’s right. We’re talking about real dollars and cents. But don’t take our word for it… Instead, we can direct you to The Economist. After reading through their article entitled “The Cost of Traffic Jams”, it became clear that we couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

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Costs of Congestion: The Environment

Environmental impact of traffic

For so many years, we lived in our own bubble. If it didn’t affect us, it didn’t concern us. We were told to keep our “noses out of other’s business” and so on. In today’s climate (no pun intended), that is no longer an option. We have to take action against the problems that threaten the world around us, otherwise there will be no world at all. One of the first places to look is directly around us: in our homes, communities, and cities. What do you see? If your area is anything like most cities and towns, you see traffic. A lot of traffic.

Air Pollution

As mentioned in our previous blog post, air pollution is incredibly harmful to people. We must also consider its harmful effects on the environment around us. According to an excerpt from the EPA, an estimated 27% of the yearly greenhouse gas emissions can be linked back to the transportation industry. While this number seems low for all of the traffic congestion that we encounter on a daily basis, it still deserves attention. CO2 especially is one of the major gases contributing to the pollution crisis, so every bit released into the atmosphere has a consequence. Read More

Costs of Congestion: Your Health

Traffic Congestion
It has become a matter of public knowledge that pollution is unhealthy, both for the planet and for those who call it home. A sign outside the community centre warns against idling. A teacher tells you to turn off the car in the school drop-off lane. We try to protect our children from the harmful effects of pollution, and rightfully so! So why are we so quick to forget this on our commute? Don’t we also need protecting? We do, and its about time we became our own advocates!

The Harmful Effects

According to a Harvard study, the pollution produced by traffic congestion is no longer just a concern. Now, it is scientifically proven to kill. As the first report to actually attach numbers to the problem, it observes that air pollution caused by traffic congestion contributes to 2,200 deaths and costs $18 billion in healthcare yearly in the US. While there are many other frightening stats surrounding this issue, the message is clear: no one is safe. You might be saying to yourself “but I bike to work, so this doesn’t affect me”. While you may not be directly contributing to the issue, if you bike along roadways you are inhaling the same fumes. Air pollution applies to everyone, not just the culprits.
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