Air traffic congestion regional jet

Garner, N.C. — Motorists in the Garner area faced significant traffic gridlock Morning morning after a crash on Interstate 40 west at White Oak Road.

The delay for drivers who were on N.C. Highway 42 and traveling to I-440 approached nearly an hour as crews worked to remove the crash and the debris from the roadway.

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If you’ve ever driven in LA during rush hour, you know it can take an hour to travel 5 miles (and even at noon, it’s no cakewalk). The city is well known for its traffic problem and has tried a laundry list of solutions — widening highways, building rail lines and subways, even implementing carpool and toll lanes — to no avail.

In April of this year, Los Angeles became the first major city in the world to synchronize all of its 4,500 traffic lights. This effort to reduce congestion, pollution, and wasted time took 30 years and cost $400 million. Transportation experts estimate that implementing this new system across the country could reduce traffic congestion by up to 10 percent and air pollution up to 20 percent. It would also theoretically reduce accidents at intersections, the amount of money spent at the pump, average drive times, and, of course, drivers’ frustration levels.

Traffic lights are traditionally controlled by roadside or centralized timers that tell the lights what time schedule they should be on given peak and non-peak traffic congestion hours. For example, the timer might tell the light, “Use Timing Schedule A between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., and then Timing Schedule B until 4 p.m.”

Originally launched as the NBAA GA Desk in August 2001, NBAA Air Traffic Services (ATS) represents the interests of business aircraft operators from the floor of the FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) to ensure equitable access to airports and airspace in the daily management of the National Airspace System (NAS).

NBAA currently is one of only three non-FAA organizations invited to staff positions inside the ATCSCC. The FAA invitation acknowledges that having business aviation representatives based inside the ATCSCC, in the form of NBAA Air Traffic Services, benefits both the FAA and the business aviation community.

NBAA ATS specialists engage in ongoing collaborative planning and information sharing with ATCSCC staff to help manage the flow of air traffic in the NAS. The participation of NBAA ATS specialists in the daily planning and execution of NAS strategy results in traffic management solutions that benefit the entire business aviation community – including companies like yours.