I submitted a proposal to the Austin Dept of Transportation (http://j.mp/AustinTraffic) a somewhat far-out alternative to traditional traffic management strategies (road-widening, etc). In it, I loosely outlined a plan to create a government regulated social-transportation and traffic management platform; one designed to relieve Austin's intensifying traffic problem by radically increasing the human density of each Passenger Car Equivalent "PCE" on IH-35 and similarly congested Austin roadways. Of course this system, to the extent it has merit, could be of equal use to any metropolitan area besieged by traffic.
I proposed the development of an online utility to incentivize and simplify the conversion of vehicles – specifically the exceedingly large percent of single-driver vehicles congesting our roadways – into a marketplace of fast-moving micro-shuttles.
While no small undertaking, the relative cost to develop this network would be negligible in contrast with traditional stopgap measures employed by cities like our own, most notably the undertaking of centi-million dollar roadway expansions.