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Cover Story - March 20, 2009

The science of traffic

Don't blame the engineers: Human behavior is an equal cause of gridlock, experts say

by Nick Veronin

Peninsula commuters are no strangers to congestion, especially those living or working in Palo Alto. Whether heading to the North Bay from the suburban sprawl of San Jose, or south from San Francisco to a technology park in Mountain View, many drivers can recall — if not fondly — getting a very good look at the hulking, yellow-and-blue edifice of IKEA, as traffic on U.S. Highway 101 crawls past the University Avenue interchange.

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