Author Archives: Peter Kauffmann

About Peter Kauffmann

I'm a transportation engineer living and working in the District of Columbia. By day, I analyze traffic patterns and create multimodal transportation plans for new and exciting developments in the Greater Washington region, and when I'm not on the job I enjoy backpacking, biking, and classic movies.

20 Years of 18.4 Cents Per Gallon: We Need to Raise the Gas Tax

You probably haven’t heard because of all the press coverage over the government shutdown and the looming debt limit, but October 2013 represents an annoying milestone for people like me who care about our nation’s transportation infrastructure. Twenty years ago, … Continue reading

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Making Up Time in the Air: How Airlines Keep Flights on Schedule

Have you ever had a flight depart behind schedule and yet somehow arrived in at the scheduled time? While airlines may have a reputation for being obsessed with efficiency, there are a few ways that your plane can make up … Continue reading

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What Causes “Phantom” Traffic Jams?

Have you ever been cruising blissfully down the highway only to find yourself stuck in massive traffic jam? You wait, and wait, and wait, wondering what on earth could be causing such delays. Is it a crash? Construction activities? Rubbernecking … Continue reading

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