How were the surface streets in Los Angeles today? Did you know that yesterday the last of more than 4,000 traffic signals were synchronized? Steve Chiotakis gives us the deets. Thanks Steve! Synchronization, I’m excited!

SteveChiotakis-17City transportation officials say a synchronization is designed to increase travel speed by 12%.
It’s an attempt to keep traffic moving along surface streets in the city of Los Angeles. The last of more than 4,000 traffic signals were synchronized yesterday 2/29/13. Part of a $410 (M) million effort to coordinate those stop lights across the city under a centralized system. City transportation officials say the synchronization is designed to increase travel speed by 12 percent, while decreasing the time spent stuck in traffic by 16 percent.

The system coordinates traffic not only for vehicles, but also for pedestrians, cyclists and public transit. Transportation engineers can monitor traffic remotely, make adjustments to signal timing and analyze traffic data to improve traffic flow. The signals can also be programmed to respond to unusual traffic scenarios involving crowd-heavy events at major sports and convention venues like the Coliseum, Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa commended the effort for potentially reducing the level of greenhouse gas emissions in the city, since vehicles will be less likely to idle and emit exhaust.
The synchronization system was first proposed 30 years ago, prior to the 1984 Olympic Games held in LA. But the project lapsed until 2005, when Villaraigosa lobbied for the allocation of $150 million in Proposition 1B money to complete the program.

Soooooo did they work? Were you flying down the surface streets, no stopping at red lights, right? Right.

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