There are some crazy people out there for sure, but I think that Charles Komanoff takes the cake this week. Charles has been collecting the recording data about New York City traffic for over 3 years. Its a long article but just browsing through it you will be inundated with information about traffic.
One of the most interesting things is the idea of hidden costs of commuting with your own vehicle. Komanoff has a plan that he thinks can save the city billions, the question is, can it be implemented. The key here will be adoption of technology, not just by the government but by the people. As I see it, and I've said it before, you have to convice the people and they have to be incentivized to be convinced.
Lets hope that Komanoff and others can help push the large urban communities of the world to get educated and let technology and clever mathematics save them money, hassle and most of all save lives and the environment.