Here are the shortlisted entries from Chennai. Vote for your favorite and help them win.
1. Traffic is caused by the uneven flow of vehicle speed and accidents. My innovative idea is to control the speed of the vehicle through a global positioning system. Every part of the city has its own speed regulations, by getting these speed limits as the input from the gps and wiring these to the engine management system or the ecu of the vehicle we can effectively control the traffic and accidents due to over speeding, and this also saves fuel and maintains cleaner environment.
2. Cities exist because they promote social interactions and economic transactions. Traffic congestion occurs where lots of people pursue these ends simultaneously in limited spaces. Everyone complains about being stuck in traffic; but, like the weather, no one seems to do anything about it. In particular, traffic engineers, transportation planners, and public officials responsible for metropolitan transportation systems are frequently criticized for failing to make a dent in congestion.
According to me, following measures can help reduce traffic congestion in a city like Chennai:
A) Privatisation of Public transport, which will lead to better and improved public transport system.The government can issue tenders for privatising the transport system and utilise the money which they get from the private players in building better roads.
B) Policy approaches, which usually attempt to provide either strategic alternatives or which encourage greater usage of existing alternatives through promotion, subsidies or restrictions.
C) Incentives to use public transport. This can be achieved through infrastructure investment, subsidies, transport integration, pricing strategies that decrease the marginal cost/fixed cost ratios, improved timetabling and greater priority for buses to reduce journey time e.g. Bus Lanes
D) Cycling promotion through legislation, cycle facilities, subsidies, and awareness campaigns. The Netherlands has been pursuing cycle friendly policies for decades, and around a quarter of their commuting is done by bicycle.
E) Telecommuting encouraged through legislation and subsidies.
F) Online shopping promotion, potentially with automated delivery booths helping to solve the last mile problem and reduce shopping trips made by car.
G) Parking restrictions, making motor vehicle use less attractive by increasing the monetary and non-monetary costs of parking, introducing greater competition for limited city or road space. Most transport planning experts agree that free parking distorts the market in favour of car travel, exacerbating congestion.
H) Park and ride facilities allowing parking at a distance and allowing continuation by public transport or ride sharing.
I) Grade separation can significantly increase roadway capacity, since intersections are a major cause of traffic delay. A typical arterial lane can carry less than 1,000 vehicles per hour, while a grade separated freeway can carry more than twice that amount. Grade separation of rail lines can increase traffic flow where rail road crossings are a major cause of traffic delay.
J) A significant portion of traffic congestion results from some sort of traffic incident, such as a disabled vehicle, a crash or dangerous driving. Many urban regions have coordinated programs that prevent, identify and respond to such events quickly and efficiently. These may include centralized traffic management centers, video traffic surveillance, emergency response teams and special resources for dealing with specific problems, such as cranes and even helicopters to move disabled vehicles.
Is traffic congestion a sign of failure? Long queues at restaurants or theater box offices are seen as signs of success. Should transportation systems be viewed any differently?
I think we should recognize that traffic congestion is an inevitable by-product of vibrant, successful cities, and view the “congestion problem” in a different light.
3. A) Metro Rail Services is the ideal way to reduce traffic congestion in cities.
B) Promoting Public Transport and reducing the use of 2 wheelers and 4 wheeler vehicles can minimize the traffic as well as pollution in cities.
C) Introduction of ANPR Systems(Automatic Number Plate Recognition Systems)can also reduce the traffic violation incidents.
D) Heavy trucks and vehicles should have separate roads connecting them to industrial areas. This can help a lot in reducing traffic, pollution and accidents
Name:Serene Elizabeth Abraham