Optimising the morning commute

In my continuing search for ways to improve traffic flow (rather ironic, since I’m working from home these days), I came across this analysis of how small variations in departure time for the morning commute could lead to significant time savings.

Friends who commute from North Wicklow to Dublin city centre had told me that there was a narrow window in the morning when you could get a clean run into the city without too much delay – about 10 minutes after the early morning rush has subsided but before the school runs kick in. This article appears to support that theory (albeit on a different continent!)

(Of course, there are the usual Slashdot comments on the article also…)

Maybe one day, I’ll actually get to put all this theory to use…