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Massive 3-Day Traffic Jam Kills 12 People

Millions were heading home for Muslim holiday in Indonesia

(Newser) - A dozen people died during a massive three-day, 13-mile traffic jam this week in Indonesia, the Guardian reports. According to the BBC , the jam was caused by construction at an intersection on the island of Java. The construction just so happened to coincide with millions of people heading home to... More »

Robot Makes a Run for It From Russian Lab

Bad Promobot

(Newser) - Robots are on the loose in Russia—or one was on Wednesday, causing mayhem and a traffic jam. Officials say a robot trained to move around on its own made an escape from a science lab in the city of Perm. The robot, or Promobot—created to market products to... More »

These Are the 10 Worst Traffic Bottlenecks in the US

And yes, a lot of them are in Los Angeles

(Newser) - Face it, with the holidays approaching we're all going to be stuck in traffic for at least a little bit. But we won't have it nearly as bad as the poor saps trying to get through the following 10 bottlenecks, which were deemed the worst in the country... More »

What Drivers Tweeted to Suicidal Woman on Bridge

Police in London suburb respond to angry messages

(Newser) - Drivers in a London suburb weren't exactly sympathetic yesterday to a suicidal woman who blocked traffic for two hours as emergency crews tried talking her down, the Independent reports. Amid the M3-motorway delay in Sunbury, Surrey, angry tweets came rolling out:
  • "Tell her to get on with it,
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Man Causes Traffic Jam, Then Car Crash

Falls asleep at wheel, then crashes truck when he wakes

(Newser) - Here's a spectacular specimen of stupid driving from Atlanta. On Saturday, a man caused a traffic jam after he fell asleep at the wheel, his truck stopped in the middle of the road. A local news truck happened to be passing by, and called 911 (while turning on its... More »

Fed Up With LA Traffic, CEO Gives $50K to Speed Work

Elon Musk says he'll provide even more of his own money if it will help

(Newser) - Surprise, surprise: Los Angeles again ranked as the city with the worst traffic congestion in America in an annual survey out this week, reports Reuters . Here's a sign of how bad things are, from the LA Times : Entrepreneur Elon Musk —he of Tesla, PayPal, and SpaceX—has forked... More »

Rich Russians Take Ambulances to Dodge Traffic

Moscow police say they're looking for fakers

(Newser) - Running late for a meeting in Moscow? You can go online and hire an "ambulance taxi" for $200 an hour or more—a savvy way to cut through the city's notorious traffic jams, the National Post reports. According to a Russian paper, police discovered the ruse when they... More »

Russian Drivers Stuck in 2-Day Traffic Jam

At its worst, backup stretched 125 miles

(Newser) - And you thought your commute was bad: Snow in Russia caused an insane traffic jam this weekend, with thousands of cars and trucks stuck on a major highway yesterday. Some had been stuck for more than two days, as they struggled to keep their engines running and their vehicles heated,... More »

Traffic Jams: Poison for the Brain

Researchers fear fumes are causing permanent brain damage

(Newser) - This is your brain ... on traffic fumes? A growing body of research suggests that fumes from traffic jams can damage the brain, as well as your lungs. Exposure to exhaust has a negative effect on brain power and emotional stability, and while the evidence is largely circumstantial, researchers tell the... More »

Wary LA Braces for 'Carmageddon'

405 closure leads to crazy discounts, viral videos, possible flash mobs

(Newser) - LA residents are planning to flee or hunker down this weekend as a 10-mile stretch of the 405, one of the nation's busiest freeways, shuts down for 53 hours. For non-Angelenos: This is a big deal, hence the nicknames "Carmageddon" and "Carpocalypse." Some of the most... More »

62-Mile Traffic Jam Enters 9th Day

Chinese truckers playing cards, waiting around

(Newser) - A 62-mile-long traffic jam in China enters its ninth day today, and could continue for at least a month. The expressway leading to Beijing has been clogged with thousands of trucks since Aug. 14 due to construction, a jam made worse by accidents and broken-down cars, the Global Times reports.... More »

World's Worst Commutes

Beijing and Mexico City lead the way

(Newser) - IBM surveyed drivers in 20 of the world's biggest cities to find the worst commutes. The bottom 5 (based on a slew of factors including time stuck in traffic and stress) in the commuter pain index are:
  1. Beijing (99 on a scale of 100)
  2. Mexico City (99)
  3. Johannesburg (97)
  4. Moscow
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Traffic Congestion Dips as Economy Falters

US sees two-year congestion decline for first time ever

(Newser) - Drivers are spending less time stuck in rush-hour traffic for a second straight year, the first-ever 2-year decline in congestion. Blame high gas prices and the economic downturn, which have forced many Americans to change how they commute. In individual cities, Los Angeles traffic is getting better but is still... More »

NYC to Kick Cars Off Broadway

Mayor unveils pedestrian-friendly midtown makeover

(Newser) - New York is turning the Great White Way into the Great Walk Way, the New York Times reports. Mayor Bloomberg announced plans yesterday to turn five blocks of Broadway around Times Square into a pedestrian zone complete with tables and landscaping starting this May. City officials say the plan will... More »

Mac's Brother Calls 911 Over Traffic Troubles

'(Bleep) you!' Joe McCain replies to operator's query

(Newser) - Power corrupts, especially if you're stuck in traffic. A man believed to be John McCain’s brother called 911 to complain about being caught in gridlock in suburban Washington, WJLA-TV reports. "Sir, are you calling 911 to complain about traffic?" asks the operator on the tape. After a pause,... More »

Beijing Launches Pollution Crackdown for Olympics

Officials scramble to clean the air for athletes

(Newser) - Beijing has launched tough new anti-pollution measures this week in a bid to clean the air for Olympic athletes in time for the games. Officials expect to force nearly half of the city's 3.3 million cars off the road, which will drive commuters onto already-crowded public transport, Reuters reports.... More »

Microsoft Will Play in Traffic

Company's Clearflow service latest to offer congestion avoidance

(Newser) - Driving could get a little easier thanks to a new directions mapping service that helps users avoid traffic jams. Microsoft is launching the free system, called Clearflow, today. It predicts congestion patterns on both highways and side streets and will be available for 72 US cities on the company’s... More »

In-N-Out Burger Clogs Neighbors' Arteries

Traffic jams around popular joint hurting other businesses, owners claim

(Newser) - In-N-Out Burger's customers aren’t “in and out” as fast as its Southern California neighbors would like. Businesses near some oversubscribed locations are frustrated at drive-through lines that block their own entrances and exits—and some are ready to sue, the Los Angeles Times reports. “We've lost a... More »

California Ranked Worst for Traffic

New Jersey boasts poorest road system

(Newser) - California ranks No.1 in the US for interstate traffic jams, says a new study which focused on congestion around big cities. With traffic snarled on 83.3% of its urban roadways, the Golden State edged out runners-up Minnesota and New Jersey. Surprisingly, New York—gridlock central—only came in... More »

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