Los Angeles Syncs Stop Lights to Alleviate Traffic

Los Angeles Syncs Stop Lights to Alleviate Traffic

Los Angeles, California has become the poster child for terrible traffic, but the city is hoping its latest change will help speed things up.

In a project that has taken nearly three decades to complete, the city of Los Angeles has synced all its traffic lights, helping to reduce some commute times by about 12 percent. The stop light sync covers 469-square miles and makes Los Angeles the first major city to achieve the milestone.

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The idea is that vehicles traveling at the posted speed limit down some of the city’s busiest streets will be able to do so without having to stop for several miles. The coordination effort involved a total of 4,398 street lights and creating an algorithm that would make it all work.

The project dates back to the 1984 Olympics when the city made its first effort to sync the lights around the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum where key Olympics events were held that year. The project ran around $350 million and was stretched out nearly 30 years.

Unfortunately, even in rush hour, the change isn’t expected to do much since drivers won’t even be able to reach the speed limit when traffic is that congested. But city residents are reporting seeing an improvement, which is welcoming.

[Source: The Detroit Bureau]