Navigation apps are turning quiet communities into traffic nightmares

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Leonia, New Jersey – although the eyes can see a bumper, the way that the bad food that torments the highways torments the rest.
Suddenly, a hopeful path emerges: another route your smartphone suggests can save you time. Next you know you’re heading for an exit ramp, heading into the streets of unwitting townhouses, along with other frustrated motorists.
Such scenes are being played all over the country, not just in traffic jams in the North-East. But one city is enough.
Like Google Maps, Waze and Apple Maps provides such services as commuter venerosa in New Jersey (Leonia) a shortcut to the narrow streets, has decided to fight back its leaders said the region have reached a crisis level of congestion.
In mid-january, during the height of in the morning and afternoon, the city police forces will be closed down all the driver next to 60 street, in addition to residential areas and in the urban employment personnel, in fact most towns have not popular popular applications – others, for that matter.
“There is no question that the game changer is the navigation app,” said Tom Rowe, the police commissioner in leonia. “In the morning, if I logged into my Waze account, I found that there were 250,000” Wazers “in the area. When the main road is blocked, the vehicle is introduced to reonia and pushes it into the secondary and tertiary roads. We sometimes can’t get out of the driveway. ”
Even before the navigation app flooded, leonia was no stranger. Leonia is surrounded by interstate 95, in the shadow of the George Washington bridge, next to the country’s most crowded road.
But leonia is not alone. From medford, Massachusetts, to the city of fremont, California, community is trying to overcome by Waze caused by local goodwill transportation applications such as deadlock, in 2013, Google bought for $1.35 billion Waze.
Because use Waze crowdsourcing to update their information, so some people upset in the influx of external traffic, they have begun to make traffic accident report about their community, tried to stop the application sends a message to drivers. A suburb of tel aviv even sued the Israeli company Waze.
Waze defends its approach to redriving congested highways through residential streets in nearby communities. The company says it shares free traffic data with municipal planners across the country, for example, they may want to monitor the new timing of traffic signals.
Waze spokesman Terry Wei says the app benefits from local volunteer editorial communities who make sure maps are kept up-to-date and reflect local laws. “If a road is legally divided into a private path, then our map editors make that kind of change,” she said. Our goal is to cooperate fully with our drivers, map editors and urban contact communities to improve the driving experience for all. ”
While some communities have developed strategies that affect the turn and quick bumps of all motorists, the move is likely to be the most extreme.


Leonia plans to issue residents with yellow labels on their cars, and non-residents will face fines of up to $200 for using streets in the morning and afternoon. Its police department has notified major traffic and navigation applications of impending changes that will take effect from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Jan. 22 and from 4 to 9 p.m., 7 days per week.
The Rowe chief executive said there were only a few streets in the past that tried to shut down streets, put up temporary signs and alert navigation apps, but with little success. The traffic was either pushed to the nearby street or the driver simply ignored the sign.
“It’s basically completely gone,” Rowe chief said. “This is a very extreme measure for extreme transport. I’d rather not do that? Of course. But I would rather try something than try anything. ”
Borough officials say their measures are legal, though it may be tested in court. Some traffic engineers and other local officials said the move could set a precedent that would encourage the town to immediately restrict access to the outside world.
“It’s a slippery slope,” says Samuel i. Schwartz, a former traffic engineer in New York City. Samuel i. Schwartz, a former Traffic engineer in New York City, is known as the “Gridlock Sam” and the author of “Shadow Traffic New York shortcuts and Traffic tips” in the early 1990s. “Waze and other services are causing headaches in many communities. But these are public streets, so where do you draw lines? ”
The leonian council this month endorsed a unanimous vote in the new regulations, cautiously opening up the three main roads controlled by the county or state.
Leo, some residents outside the streets for the coming close, such as NJ.com news site published various sn tongue and incredible comments: “terrible, short-sighted idea. How does the rest of New Jersey punish the residents of the state of leonian to use all the other roads in the state? ”
Mr Schwartz argues that the state has ultimate power over local roads. “I would rather they had a temporary barrier,” he said. “I do worry about this strategy in order to get people who might lose or maybe go crazy and get there on time.” Every town can decide that we don’t want someone to come to our community. ”
From like fort lee, its traffic team to have occurred in by so-called Bridgegate scandal, the government of the members of a governor Chris Christie by George Washington bridge deliberately worsened traffic into a nearby community’s attention, he famously said, “time for fort lee some traffic problems. ”
Mark Sokolich, mayor of fort lee, warned leonia that their transportation strategy had better not make the city worse. “If their initiative visits fort lee, especially where our emergency services vehicles go in and out of the place they need to go, they will hear our problems,” he said.
But for residents like Melissa Soesman, a 44-year-old leonian, the change is unlikely to happen soon. On irving street, her long, long road turned into a parking lot at least two or three times a week during the morning rush. Her son was stuck in a traffic jam on Tuesday because his car was parked in the street, so his college class was half an hour late.
In the morning, Ms. Sussman had to beg the driver to make room for her to pull out of the driveway to irvine street. “It’s scary, and it’s always been,” she said. “They’ll see you want to go out, but they won’t let you. People think this is the morning when they get here. Who knows how long they’ve been sitting? “

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