Crowdsourcing will resolve congestion in Moscow?

    Recently, there has been a wide discussion around the expansion of the MKAD and other ways to eliminate traffic jams in Moscow. As you know, road construction engineers were critical of Luzhkov’s proposal to expand the Moscow Ring Road to 16 lanes. They say that it is much more efficient to carry out “point” events: to build additional congresses and interchanges, and also to consider each situation separately. This is precisely the kind of work that the Moscow Center for Combating Traffic Jams, a non -governmental organization created by students, does . Yesterday, they launched their website, which accepts traffic jams from the public.

    According to the initiators of the project, up to 60% of traffic jams in Moscow can be eliminated with the help of simple measures, such as changing the traffic light mode, canceling the turn, creating an additional pocket, etc. Motorists know this better than the rest. On the site, they can fill out a form and send information on how to optimize traffic on a particular street.

    For example, at the suggestion of the organization last year, the throughput of the Warsaw highway was increased by 20% due to the cancellation of the left turn to Nagatinskaya street when moving towards the region. Instead, you can turn around at the tunnel over the Kashirskoye Highway (900 m mileage). As a result, it was possible to eliminate a 3 km traffic jam.

    Head of the organization Alexander Shumsky held a press conference yesterdayand announced that they had already submitted to the Moscow authorities up to 200 proposals to eliminate regularly occurring congestion on the roads. Proposals will be considered before the end of the year.

    Measures have already been taken to change the work pattern of traffic lights at the intersections of Varshavskoye Shosse with Podolsky Cadets Streets, the first Dorozhniy Passage, Sumy Street, Balaklava Avenue, as well as the intersection of Podolsky Cadets Street with Dorozhnaya Street.

    Among other proposed but not yet implemented measures is the creation of an additional pocket for turning right at the intersection of Varshavskoye Shosse and Akademika Yangelya Street, as well as filling in the “gap” (construction of a 160-meter road section) on Dorozhnaya Street, duplicating Varshavskoye Shosse.

    However, some experts call such a public initiative “profanity”. In an interview with the newspaper KommersantMikhail Blinkin, scientific director of the Research Institute of Transport and Road Management, says: “On the one hand, there are really 1,500 traffic lights in our city - and we cannot say that they all work perfectly. Therefore, you can probably find mistakes that can simply be corrected. But it is impossible to consider that such methods can get rid of 80% of Moscow traffic jams. This is how to treat the disease with holy water alone. All problem areas in Moscow are known to specialists. What can the social movement add here? For a real assessment of [congestion of roads] there are special techniques with measurements at different times of the day, on different days of the week. Without such measurements, it is somewhat irresponsible to claim success. ”

    According to Blinkin, the fact that this public organization is supported by the Moscow authorities is particularly suspicious. Of course, such a “holy water treatment” is much more profitable for the authorities than investing billions of dollars in the construction of the Fourth Ring Road.

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