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Now this is change we can believe in...
With the number of cars on the road continuing to rise, boosters of Los Angeles’s new synchronized traffic system admit it may not be enough to prevent gridlock from worsening.
There is apparently some contractor working on a new plan for DC to make the lights more efficient, but I'll believe it when I see it. What's great is during rush hour, I can pretty much sail down 9th St from U to the tunnel and usually hit three lights max, but during non-rush, I can't go three at a time. It takes 2x-3x as long.
I never understood why more places don't do this
It costs money?
NYCTerp is now OCTerp
There are like less than 10 left turn arrows in the entire city which I assume will make this project much simpler. However, putting in some arrows would probably help too and it was very big campaign promise of that nitwit Antonio Villagairosa.
gmoney was right about dc's lights being awfully timed. it's really horrific. it's as if they purposely don't want you to go more than block. you get a green, next light turns red. repeat. it's the most annoying thing. the only decent street is 15th st headed north from mass. can go from mass to columbia with all greens.
I did a bit of traffic modeling in school and signal timing, as I recall, was one of the most difficult things to do. It seems like it would be easy, but the unpredictable nature of drivers and roads really messes things up - people make unpredictable movements, drive at strange speeds, etc, and it really messes with your models.
Also, Smiley is right: it costs money to initially do the timing, but in order to maintain this timing it as traffic patterns change, you have to constantly re-model and update the phase timing. Jurisdictions just don't have the funds to constantly monitor and update the timing.
I mean it said the mayor had to lobby hard for an additional $150M to finish the project, which leads you to believe that the overall cost was substantially larger than that.
They really need to do this in Tyson's, one light turns green and drive 200 feet to a red.
The mayor also makes O'Malley look like a genius, so there's chance his fuck ups led to the hefty price tag.
Makes me so angry. Driving anywhere on a Sunday is effing miserable.
This. 15th st. north is money with lights timed perfect.
never got how places don't do this. in NY you know if you are on ave at speed limit you should get 15-20 blocks per light. it is pretty cool when you see the lights change a few seconds apart.
Sometimes late on a Friday or Saturday nght used to be able to go from 90th and 1st down to 8th and Broadway with, maybe, one light. Sensational.
The surface streets in LA have never been a problem for me, I avoid the freeways as best I can. I really don't think the average driver will even notice the new system (actuated coordination) once it's fully functional.
Come on out and get your whoopin!
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