Finding Solutions to Traffic Jams: Innovative Ideas by Mobility Experts at the University of Louvain

2023-11-14 18:49:00

Two professors specializing in mobility at the University of Louvain would like to find solutions to the problem of traffic jams in Belgium. For them, instead of stupidly punishing motorists who drive during rush hours, why not simply “reward” those who avoid rush hours by finding other transportation alternatives?

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One certainty is that traffic jams between Brussels and Antwerp are not about to decrease, says Professor Stef Proost, mobility expert at KU Leuven at the microphone of The Importance of Limburg.According to this specialist, traffic jams cost the Belgian state on average 4 million euros per year and it is not the work on the Vilvoorde viaduct that will fix things.

After reflection, the two mobility professors had the idea of ​​introducing “peak hour rights”: motorists would be entitled to a limited number of rush hour rights on sections sensitive to traffic jams, on the basis of his previous driving behavior. “If the desire is to reduce traffic by 20%, motorists would be allocated access rights during peak hours for 80% of their past use,” say the professors.

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