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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Record Crowds Fill D.C. For Inauguration With No Traffic Snarls. How Did That Happen?

Thanks to poster 'mjking' who provided this very interesting link.

It's about how all bridges into downtown Washington, D.C. were closed for Inauguration Day last Tuesday. But the amazing part is that it didn't lead to a complete breakdown of the transportation system, it actually made it work better!

On an average day, 400,000 commuters enter downtown DC. Last Tuesday, 1.8 million people did, and with very few traffic snarls or accidents. So why did everything flow so smoothly despite the huge number of people trying to get around? No commuters in single-passenger cars.

Read the story (and the comments following it are interesting too) and tell us what you think.

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Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

KMPO's Board of Directors oversees KMPO for Kootenai County, ID. KMPO's Executive Director and Staff are responsible for day-to-day operational and administrative needs.