Solving traffic gridlock with many public/private transportation options

4-christian-holzinger 1000A city’s traffic jam is made up of many factors.

You have your private cars driven by everyday people — you and me. You have public transportation, such as bus service, subways and elevated trains. Then you have to factor in sedan services, taxis and, now, Uber drivers and other ride-sharing companies.

There are many moving parts that affect traffic flow in a city.
Traffic gridlock is major quality of life issues. It causes air pollutions and adds hours people spend in their cars. As nice as our cars are today, in some cities people feel like they are living in their autos during rush-hour traffic.

Obviously, electric cars will help with air pollution and our dependence on imported oil. Even ride-sharing apps, not the ones that create taxi-like services, will enable people to gain access to cars on demand. Even today, ride-sharing apps are reducing the number of cars on the road and alleviating the parking-space crunch in many cities.

Driverless cars, if you believe they will become consumer ready in our lifetime, may also reduce accidents and ease rush-hour traffic jams because they will follow driving rules. Their ability ability to communicate with other cars enables them travel like an army platoon marching from city to city. Imagine a row of cars driving in perfect unison. The BBC reported that one estimate says that traffic flow could improve by nearly 50 percent.

Mass transit also will play a role in solving future traffic jams.

Miami is now experiencing major traffic gridlock because of residential construction in the past few years. Building hi-rise condos may be beautiful to live in, but they have increased the population in the city.The city is currently seeking solutions, but it won’t be easy.

Expanding Metrorail is expensive but is not a quick fix.

Synchronized traffic lights may help., as well as water buses and more bike lanes.

The impact on Miami’s quality of life is significant. One national study says Miami drivers will be in their cars an additional 47 hours per year. Also, the study reports 1.9 billion pound of carbon dioxide are spewing from the vehicles at peak traffic times.
Urban areas are discouraging single-occupant cars. Ride-sharing websites have been popping up to let people share rides, not just for driving to work, but also for trips. Car clubs are also on the rise. They allow people to “rent” cars, which are strategically placed throughout the city, for short periods of time.

One website reported that more than 30 percent of city gridlock is caused when drivers are looking to park their vehicles. This is where smart-parking comes in. Sensors relay to drivers that a parking space is available, and the driver can pay/reserve that space via their phones.

Some cities are also investing in sensors on the roads to help synchronize traffic lights to ease gridlock.

Because of this gridlock, more and more people are riding busses, trains and subways. Ridership in some cities is at the highest it has been since the 1950s. Because of this, LA is investing billions to build/extend five rail lines. The carpool lane also may no longer be just for people sharing a ride. In order to help pay for road construction, drivers will be able to pay a toll to drive in the HOV lanes, which often are empty.

There are many solutions being discussed and implemented. Since building more roads and extra lanes is not always the answer or solution, urban planners are being forced to cull together many options that will have an a cumulative positive affect.

Economy picking up and drivers finding more business

3-bec-brown 1000As the economy has shaken off the shackles of the Great Recession many businesses are beginning to thrive again.

The deluxe car service industry is picking up (pun intended) because, as one business site reported. the increasing per capita disposable income is bringing back many consumers who had to cut expenses after the economic debacle in 2008. Luxury and deluxe sedan services are also well positioned because that consumer market has weathered the economy much better than their poorer cousins. Now, the rest of us are starting to be able to afford the comfy ride in a deluxe sedan driven by a professional driver.

Many consumers like being driven in a deluxe sedan. It’s comfortable. The professional driver has been trained to cater your needs. It’s less stressful, especially if you are stuck in rush-hour traffic. A sedan service can really be helpful for a wide variety of events.

If you are going to the Sunday football game, a sedan service can pick all of your friends up at each of their homes, and then drive all of you to the game in time to have a tailgate party before kickoff. You can watch the pre-game shows on the drive up, and talk to you friends without one of you having to pay attention to the road. Once at the stadium, you can take out the grill from the trunk and start cooking hamburgers and franks. Bring out the cooler and let the beers start flowing. By the time, you get to your seats at the 50-yard line you will be in a good mood, a very good mood.

What makes the sedan service perfect for a sporting event is that you don’t have to worry about how much you drink? You won’t be driving home. The professional driver will bring each of your friends to their home safe and sound.

Corporate events are also well suited for sedan services. You have speakers coming into town, and you need them picked up at the airport and chauffeured to the event. Even better, you can have the driver take you to the airport to pick them up and you can have a leisurely conversation on the drive back.

Sedan services were made for bachelor and bachelorette parties. The can hold a lot of people, upwards of 15, and you and your friends can party till the early morning hours without worrying about driving home. No one has to be the designated driver. You can go from dinner to nightclub to nightclub to IHop for breakfast if you want. The driver is at your command.

Perhaps being picked up and dropped off at the airport is the major revenue stream for a sedan service. Taking people to and from the ports for cruise trips is also a popular service. With a sedan service, you schedule when you want to be picked up. You don’t have to leave your car in an airport parking lot for two weeks. It really is the perfect solution.

You can see how using a car service can really be beneficial. You will drive in comfort. Won’t have to stress about traffic. And you can know you are safe with a professional driver at the steering wheel.


Planning the perfect romantic evening (with entertainment and driver)

1-david-marcuOne year!

That is how long my sweetie and I have been together.

12 months!

How can I surprise her?

First, I tell her we have plans for a dinner with our friends. I let our friends in on the secret so they play along. I need to make sure my honey keeps the entire day free because I have plans.. Big plans.

It isn’t often you propose marriage, at least it hasn’t been often in my life. If you are the one and done kind of person, you get one chance so you better do it right and make it memorable. I’ve know my girlfriend for two years, and we’ve been dating for one. I read once that if you want to get married you should know after 12 months. I think that makes sense.

We live in paradise, Sarasota, so I have a lot of possibilities to make it memorable, but here is what I think we will do. We both love Broadway plays so I’ve bought center orchestra seats at the Van Wezel for the Sunday matinee performance of “Neal Berg’s 107 Years of Broadway.” It is a collection of some of the best Broadway tunes. She will love it. We both grew up on Fiddler on the Roof, Hello Dolly, Mame, and Cabaret. I know she’ll love it. It light. It’s happy. It’s romantic. What better way to get into the mood.

After the matinee, we will go home to get ready for our dinner with our friends. When it comes to leave, I will surprise her with a gold necklace to commemorate our anniversary. Now, she will begin to suspect that something is up, especially when a sedan service driver knocks on our door to take us to dinner, and I have to tell her our friends will not be joining us. I checked out the sedan service ahead of time and reserved one of the deluxe luxury models. I thought a limousine would be too much.

I will tell her I want both us to be able to enjoy our dinner and drinks without having to worry about driving home under the influence. She thinks we going to one of favorite upscale restaurants near downtown Sarasota, but I have another surprise in store when the driver takes us to Marina Jack II for a sunset cruise through the inter-coastal waters and the Gulf of Mexico. It will be the perfect blend of exquisite cuisine and natural beauty.

The menu includes Peppercorn Crusted Prime Rib or Grilled Salmon with a Saffron Cream Sauce. We can go all out with Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Cake and Caramel Cake for dessert. All of her favorites.

We will have a gorgeous view of the sun setting while eating dinner. We are never at loss for conversation. We are best friends, which makes our relationship even better. We just enjoy spending time with each other. After dinner, we can dance to a nice little show band. I plan to take her to a secluded part of the ship, overlooking the tranquil waters of the gulf and propose. I bought the ring a few weeks earlier. I’m pretty certain she is going to say yes. If she doesn’t I still think she will like what I have planned for next.

As the evening comes to end, the ship docks and we disembark.
There is the sedan service driver waiting to take us home, but instead he takes us to the Ritz Carlton where I have reserved a suite. Unbeknownst to my sweetie, I packed clothes for her to wear the next day, and I went to Victoria Secrets to pick out a very sexy teddie! When we arrive at the Ritz, we go into the lounge for a nightcap before we head to our room where champagne and strawberries are awaiting us.

I don’t think I have to tell you what comes next. There is a hot tub for us to relax in plus a king-size bed. I’m not even certain if she will ever need the teddie I bought.

I think my sweetie will like everything I planned for us, especially the wedding proposal. She’s been hinting for a few months now.

In the morning when we rise, we do have to get to work, she more than me. No problem, the sedan service driver is waiting to take her to work, and will pick up her up at the end of the day to bring her home, hopefully with a diamond engagement ring on her hand.

Tips For Long Tail SEO

Undeniably, over the last couple of years possibly even, unprecedented changes have occurred affecting the way search engines rank websites. Many businesses that leaned on SEO and also the search traffic felt the end results of these changes along to get good ways of optimizing their websites. Put simply, upping your game and keeping updated with all the alterations in the algorithms offered by different search engines will allow you to make the best them. The next discuss the important factors that can help in enhancing you long tail SEO.

Start with a clean slate

First of all, the various search engines can easily examine and identify websites by usage of very complex algorithms and most importantly by use indicators. Therefore, this may cause the indicators an immediate focus for making the websites more examinable and highly ranked by the various search engines. Technically, when your website is clean, meaning it can be smoothly running and technically sound, it’s going to pose a signal to the algorithm that most is fine. Things running well imply an excellent consumer experience and expense content. Since websites get messy and experience webpage internal dysfunction, it can be highly paramount in order that the website is cleaned thoroughly so everything can run smooth. This may encourage the indicators to distinguish your internet site.

Keep the user in mind

To increase enough time-on-site by users, you need to must customize the users’ experience. It really is intrinsic for that attraction and creation of loyal guests in addition to users. Indicators use a number of algorithms to gauge the grade of service provided to users. Whether it notes fantastic times, it will make your internet site rank highly. A number of the factors that the indicators note are speed and navigation. Speed shows how fast your webpage loads and navigation is targeted on how easy it can be to get into a selected thing in the webpage. Therefore, doing an excellent SEO job starts from the type of consumer experience your internet site offers.

Increase you quality content

Many users goes for websites with content which is sorted and keep the message. Videos and photographs enhance easy communication to the users and so, must be on use frequently. This article must be rich with visible texts, together with descriptive photos or videos. Furthermore, as many users are interested in near to 20% of the content, it ought to be simple to scan. With this option, you are going to help the algorithm to look at your content as excellent readable material thereby making the algorithms to rate the website highly.

Unprecedented content

Some search engines have established effective strategies to identifying websites with unique contents. The mere implication the following to produce your internet site content as exceptional as you possibly can. In that case, when users search for a topic that corresponds to your site content, it will likely be and the like ranked high for this kind of topic.

More tips and resources:

Top 5 SEO Mistakes According to Matt Cutts

Here are the top 5 SEO mistakes according to Matt Cutts what to do to fix them.

Recap from the video:

  • Not making your website crawlable
  • Not include right words on page
  • Not using compelling content and marketing
  • Not including a good title and description of important pages that would help your visitors
  • Not using Webmaster resources

Also, according to SEO expert Mical Johnson, you should also keep your business goals in mind when designing your website. Each page should have a purpose and a reason not just to give information but for the visitor to take a step towards becoming a paying client for you.

Are you doing any of  these mistakes?

You don’t have to admit it, but leave a comment below with any other tip.