March/April 1994, p.14

World Traffic Report

Indonesia 
Authorities are arresting children who line roads by the hundreds to rent themselves to motorists who otherwise would be banned from main roads in morning rush hours. In order to reduce congestion, cars are required to have at least three occupants.

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Brampton, Ontario 
A man struck by a taxi was thrown over the vehicle, then thrown into the path of a Ford Taurus. The Taurus then dragged the man 25 kilometers, or 16 miles, to Oakville, Ontario. There, rescue crews freed the trapped man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.


Los Angeles 
Private developers are fighting the renowned car culture of this sprawling, freeway festooned city to create a pedestrian-friendly, traffic-calmed oceanfront community called Playa Vista. Among the self-imposed guidelines are street widths of 36 feet rather than the city's standard 44. The turning radius on street comers will be 15 instead of the usual 25. These measures "may not seem like much, but it has the effect of calming traffic," says Douglas Gardner, project director. The development will offer high-end, moderate, and low-income housing, sometimes on the same block.

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Tokyo 
Construction on a 6.8 mile underground expressway under central Tokyo is scheduled to begin next year. The project is slated to cost $7.46 billion, or $1.1 billion per mile, $208,000 per foot, and $17,300 per inch.

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