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   Undertoad  Thursday Nov 2 01:12 PM

November 2, 2006: Moscow stands still in massive traffic jam



Apparently, the other day, Moscow suffered an inexplicable six hour traffic jam. This shots are from this page, which Babelfish translates to suggest that nobody knew why things were coming to a standstill. Apparently it was the first day of snow, but that hasn't caused this level of traffic in the past.



I'm thinking one reason is that six lanes of traffic each way stop to merge with each other. I'm betting the number of cars has grown past the city's ability to manage it. This International Herald Tribune story says:

Quote:
Traffic police blamed the tie-ups on a higher than normal number of accidents on the two ring roads that accommodate much of the city traffic, energy shortages that caused some traffic signals to fail and a large number of foreign delegations.
...
Traffic lights failed near the Garden Ring, the main street that circles central Moscow, and there were 1,700 accidents instead of the usual 1,000, Vasilyeva told the news Web site Gazeta.ru.
1,700 accidents. Instead of the usual 1,000.

The lede of the story is that a soccer team nearly missed an international match, and lost, after being forced to walk and ride the subway to get past the gridlock.




Don't go there. This is not the first time this has happened, as the city suffered an 18 hour jam a few years back.


lumberjim  Thursday Nov 2 01:18 PM

ya know, I was going to go there, but if the traffic is like that? fuck it, I'll just stay here.



Emrikol  Thursday Nov 2 01:59 PM

In Soviet Russ....

nevermind.



Flint  Thursday Nov 2 02:06 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Emrikol
nevermind.
too late...you meant this?


milkfish  Thursday Nov 2 02:25 PM

Maybe someone found that TMX Elmo was going on sale and the word spread.



barefoot serpent  Thursday Nov 2 04:07 PM

ДОИТ БЛОСК ТНЗ БОЖ



Sheldonrs  Thursday Nov 2 04:46 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by barefoot serpent
ДОИТ БЛОСК ТНЗ БОЖ
Что, черт возьми, Вы говорили?


Leah  Thursday Nov 2 05:59 PM

Oh my god, where's the lollie pop lady/man when you need one.



xant  Thursday Nov 2 07:50 PM

That is undoubtedly the stupidest street design I've ever heard of. It's just about the stupidest street design I can even imagine. I think the only way they could make things worse is if they had airplanes landing there too.



footfootfoot  Thursday Nov 2 08:39 PM

Those russkies are pikers! That's normal traffic leaving NYC at 3:30 pm! I could park five hundred cars in the spaces between those bumpers!

What is the world coming to?



vocalperk  Friday Nov 3 01:48 AM

боже мой!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sheldonrs
Что, черт возьми, Вы говорили?
думаю, что нам нужно читать эти слова как будто они были английские буквы (глядя на них с американской точки зрения, не зная русский язык) То есть, "don't block the box"?? или что-то в этом роде.

вы русские? американец, который знает русский? или переводили с английского на русский через какой-то сайт?


Dypok  Friday Nov 3 09:57 AM

I think they have one of the most extensive subway systems in the world. This traffic jam must be a choice of some kind.



CaliforniaMama  Friday Nov 3 05:47 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot
Those russkies are pikers! That's normal traffic leaving NYC at 3:30 pm! I could park five hundred cars in the spaces between those bumpers!

What is the world coming to?
Seriously! It makes them look awfully polite . . . which totally boggles my noggin after getting belly bounced off a bus by a Russian mama


wolf  Friday Nov 3 08:08 PM

I think they just miss the standing in lines that the Russkies lost as a result of the fall of Communism. It's a cultural thing.



Nao  Saturday Nov 4 01:31 AM

Makes me wonder how it all started ?

footfootfoot >
They're awfully polite. At least they know that they are to care for each others' property. I hear people in the US aren't that courteous. Actually in where I live, cars bump off motorbikes and the motorists like to fling their ciggies outta the window. Pricks.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Nov 4 02:28 AM

Where's that Nao?



Nao  Saturday Nov 4 02:55 AM

Singapore !



Nao  Saturday Nov 4 02:58 AM

Wait. I don't think you know Singapore.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Nov 4 11:49 AM

Actually, I know Singapore 2nd hand. A friend's son lives there and she just returned with a ton of pictures about a month ago.
But we don't really care where you're at, or from, You're welcome here in the Cellar.
You're welcome to bring your pigs and chew gum, too.



limey  Saturday Nov 4 05:05 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by vocalperk
думаю, что нам нужно читать эти слова как будто они были английские буквы (глядя на них с американской точки зрения, не зная русский язык) То есть, "don't block the box"?? или что-то в этом роде.

вы русские? американец, который знает русский? или переводили с английского на русский через какой-то сайт?
Согласна. А вряд-ли Sheldonrs перевел механически, это обычно производит что-то еще ближе к бреду! Вчера вечером увидела менью, которое перевели с английского на русский через сайт - сплошной ужас! Вместо масла - нефть и.т.п.


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Nov 5 12:01 AM

You guys are gonna have Homeland Security all over us.



milkfish  Sunday Nov 5 06:46 AM

الله أكبر



Nao  Sunday Nov 5 10:27 AM

Singapore is an awfully tiny place compared to places like the US. I can't imagine living in the US, it's bloody big. almost everywhere in SG is covered with high rise buildings. I live on the 13th floor myself. maybe this is why suicide by jumping off high places is a favourite here =_=

My sister went to USA for 2 months, I think it looks like a nice place to go to. She dug up old pictures to look at yesterday :P

This post is so international, haha. I feel like typing some Chinese/Japanese text myself.



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