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  • LA gets rid of jams due to traffic lights synchronization

    Apr 10, 2013, 09:52
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    Los Angeles authorities have finished years-long work on all the traffic lights synchronization in the city in order to deal with traffic jams issue.

    It took several decades and more than $400 million to develop this system. As a result, City of Angels has best traffic control signal system in the USA for now. Every crossroad of all highways, roads and streets is fitted with electromagnetic sensors, constantly analyzing the situation and conveying data to a special centre. The program automatically calculates time for switching the traffic light and issues a proper command. That way, signal frequency significantly differs in the rush hour and during the weekend.

    The green light may burn without intermission on busy roads and be changed only when pedestrians or transport appear in surrounding area. System controls the traffic taking into account the situation on each particular crossroad. As a result, drivers save up to 20-30% of their time on the road.

    In the meantime, according to observers, the system works well only within the city, but on the highways in the rush hour situation is still tough: between 3:30 pm and 8:00 pm drivers spend from one to three hours to cover the distance of 30 km.

    Besides, according to specialists, one of the reasons of new system's effectiveness, is a high level of driving culture in the State of California (Information on car rental in California services can be found here).

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