Transportation Simulations

Written by Elisabeth Forsythe
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Do you remember the last time you were stuck in a traffic jam? Not a lot of fun, was it? It's a fact: our population is growing, and there are more cars clogging our roads and freeways every day. How we get from place to place every day is becoming a huge concern. Transportation simulations may help alleviate this problem.

Cities who utilize transportation simulations can better plan for public transportation. How many people typically need to use the buses? Which are the routes most-traveled? Cities and towns can incorporate projected population increases to decide if they need to beef up buses, or think about developing light-rail or subway systems. But to get these changes approved, local governments usually need to persuade voters to release the necessary funds. Transportation simulations can show the populace the potential benefits and drawbacks.

Transportation simulations are also handy when it comes to building new roads, or repairing or enlarging existing ones. If there's going to be increased traffic--or if it's already unbearable--city officials can decide which roadways to alter. These simulations can also help predict when repairs will need to be made. Roads can be prioritized according to their estimated level of traffic. Should stricter emissions standards be implemented? Transportation simulations can also help calculate the environmental impact.

Clear the Way for Transportation Simulations

Once transportation issues are identified, plans to counteract them can be formulated and put into action. Who wants to guess what our future needs might be? Transportation simulations can help predict the traffic jams--and solutions--of tomorrow.

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