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NMA Reporter 2008-07-10 19:51

Traffic Lights: Just Check Them Every Couple Decades Or So
 
<b>NMA Article: Traffic Lights: Just Check Them Every Couple Decades Or So</b><br/><br/><p><img style="border-top-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 7px; border-right-width: 0px" src="http://www.motorists.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/TrafficLightsJustCheckThemEveryCoupleDec_B39E/congestion.jpg" border="0" alt="congestion" width="529" height="204" /><br />
From the <a href="http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/transportation/369392_streetlight03.html"><strong>Seattle Post-Intelligencer</strong></a>:</p>
<blockquote><p><em>Seattle officials said Wednesday [July 2nd] that they’ve synchronized signals at 258 downtown intersections for the first time in more than two decades and promised quicker, less polluting trips through the central business district will result.</em></p>
<p><em>Drivers will still encounter red lights between Jackson Street, Denny Way, Boren Avenue and Elliott Bay, but the city predicted a 12 percent reduction in stops and 40 percent shorter travel times through the 1.25-mile long district.</em></p>
<p><em>Changes were needed, said spokesman Rick Sheridan of the city Department of Transportation. </em></p>
<p><em>“Roadway conditions have actually changed in the course of two decades,” he said.</em></p>
<p><em>The change reflects past developments and future complications. Officials said the last full downtown signal synchronization was done 21 years ago.</em></p></blockquote>
<p>Twenty one years!<strong> </strong>Unfortunately, this isn’t an isolated situation. Traffic light synchronization is largely ignored across the country despite its numerous benefits, which include:</p>
<p><strong>Decreased Congestion</strong><br />
Traffic flows more smoothly when vehicles arenít forced to stop at every intersection.</p>
<p><strong>Fewer Road Rage Incidents</strong><br />
Being stuck in traffic makes everyone frustrated. If traffic flows smoothly the frustration level will drop dramatically.</p>
<p><strong>Improved Gas Mileage</strong><br />
Acceleration uses up gas quickly. Less stopping and starting means that vehicles will get better gas mileage.</p>
<p>Instead of pushing irrational plans like the reinstatement of the <a href="http://www.motorists.org/blog/speed-limits/reinstating-55-are-they-crazy/"><strong>55 MPH National Speed Limit</strong></a>, politicians at every level should focus on things that will actually help drivers. And if they really want to help drivers conserve fuel, they can start with the low-hanging fruit of traffic-light synchronization.</p>
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Further Reading:<ul><li style="line-height:1.5em;"><a href="http://www.motorists.org/blog/traffic-congestion/a-simple-method-to-dramatically-decrease-traffic-congestion-why-cities-arent-using-it/" rel="bookmark" title="October 10, 2007">A Simple Method To Dramatically Decrease Traffic Congestion & Why Cities Aren’t Using It</a></li>

<li style="line-height:1.5em;"><a href="http://www.motorists.org/blog/helpful-information/why-dont-politicians-care-about-transportation-issues/" rel="bookmark" title="April 18, 2008">Why Don’t Politicians Care About Transportation Issues?</a></li>

<li style="line-height:1.5em;"><a href="http://www.motorists.org/blog/helpful-information/if-we-really-wanted-to-save-gas/" rel="bookmark" title="July 9, 2008">If We Really Wanted To Save Gas…</a></li>

<li style="line-height:1.5em;"><a href="http://www.motorists.org/blog/car-reviews/will-plug-in-hybrids-save-us-from-high-gas-prices/" rel="bookmark" title="May 1, 2008">Will Plug-in Hybrids Save Us From High Gas Prices?</a></li>

<li style="line-height:1.5em;"><a href="http://www.motorists.org/blog/speed-cameras/the-real-reason-ken-livingstone-lost/" rel="bookmark" title="May 7, 2008">The Real Reason Ken Livingstone Lost</a></li>
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