Poorly maintained and badly timed traffic signals are needlessly compoundinggridlock and air pollution in American cities, according to a newnational report…
The report, issued by a coalition oftransportation agencies including the Federal Highway Administration,blames bad light timing for as much as 10 percent of all traffic delaysnationally.
Thatadds up to about 50 wasted hours a year for people who drive two hoursa day, according to the National Traffic Signal Report Card.
This is obvious to anyone who drives on Mass. Ave in Cambridge or Boston, Broadway in Cambridge, etc. etc. etc. As if driving around the maze of Boston streets weren’t bad enough, you are thwarted by haphazardly timed lights. And we all have to breathe it in. It affects work productivity, too, in terms of timeliness.
It’s an environmental issue, and a quality of life issue. It’s also not brain surgery, just a matter of some decent civil engineering. (Ack, maybe that is too much to ask.)
(It’s amazing how much the little things matter to the environment: California is now considering actions to encourage folks to use fully inflated tires, which would save immense amounts of pollution and $.)