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    • I REALLY hope one of the outcomes of this initiative is the noise pollution from unnecessary honking decreases. I'd love to see an analysis that tracks the honks per minute in specific areas of the city before and after this is implemented.

      I live on Broome Street which is near the entry to the Holland Tunnel to New Jersey. During peak commute times the traffic doesn't move for minutes at a time... and cars that are 2-5 blocks away start honking, repeatedly and it's a real disturbance. When you're walking next to a car that honks it can hurt your ears.

      I'm very interested in the psychology of the honking as clearly it's going to result in no change in the traffic ahead of them. Obviously the cars in front aren't sitting idly by choice and they're certainly not going to move just because you use your horn... so why honk?

      This probably sounds silly but I wonder how much quieter the city might feel w/o the honking noise pollution.

    • ~~Well, when it comes to honking, New York is making a U-turn. City officials are removing hundreds of don't honk signs from the streets. They say there is no evidence the signs are working. But as NPR's Joel Rose reports, others say New York is admitting defeat in the war on noise.

      LOL! ^^^^^

    • London is up-ing its congestion zone with its introduction of the ultra-low emissions zone, imposing a £12.50-a-day charge to drive into central London in all but the cleanest cars and vans.

      It will apply to drivers of diesel cars and vans whose engines are not certified to the latest Euro 6 standard, mandated from 2015, as well as most petrol cars more than 14 years old. Non-compliant buses, coaches and lorries will have to pay £100.

    • This probably sounds silly but I wonder how much quieter the city might feel w/o the honking noise pollution.

      I experienced 8 days of no honking in New York. I was staying in a hotel in Times Square on 9/11. We were unable to leave the city for 8 days and for those 8 glorious days there was almost no honking. Even taxis slowed down for pedestrians and waved us through.

      After those 8 days, we took a train to Philadelphia and the traffic was hustling there as if nothing had happened in New York. It was amazing what culture shock we experienced. It took us 3 days to re-adjust to the hustle we had always known.

    • Unfortunately I don't have data to share about the impact of Number Coding in Manila traffic. Until recently, the implementation was on a per-city basis (Metro Manila has 16 cities) and it's hard for a non-driver like myself to be aware of when/where it's in effect. I believe the Metro Manila Development Authority is also conducting tests of various schemes these past months, and I haven't been keeping track. Sorry @apm.

    • I appreciate your taking the time to respond to my question @anjocerdena even if you don’t have all the answers. I know that Manila is the most densely populated city in the world. So it’s extremely relevant to the rest of the world how the Metro Manila Development Authority’s experiments in congestion management turn out.