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LA Traffic Lights Get Synched Up

Posted: May. 3rd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

In what is arguably the most ambitious traffic eliminating attempt ever, Los Angeles has synched every single traffic light to each other. Theoretically, this should ease traffic considerably; however, my personal experience with LA traffic comes on the freeways; an area where traffic lights will have minimal impact.

To combat its infamous traffic, Los Angeles has built subways and light rail lines. It has widened highways and added car pool, toll and bus-only lanes. But the roads have remained stubbornly clogged, creating a drag on commerce and the quality of life that has persisted here for generations.

Now, in the latest ambitious and costly assault on gridlock, Los Angeles has synchronized every one of its 4,500 traffic signals across 469 square miles the first major metropolis in the world to do so, officials said raising the almost fantastical prospect, in theory, of driving Western Avenue from the Hollywood Hills to the San Pedro waterfront without stopping once.

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