Removing roads can speed traffic

Via The Vine:

Three scientists—Hyejin Youn and Hawoong Jeong, of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and Michael Gastner, of the Santa Fe Institute—have found that sometimes you can actually speed up traffic flow in certain cities by eliminating roads. The underlying theory here, laid out by Eoin O’Carroll, is that, given their druthers, drivers don’t always reach a socially optimal equilibrium on their own.

There are so many things about traffic which are counter-intuitive. Awesome.

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