Wednesday, June 6, 2012

NYC thinks it has the solution to Midtown traffic

Is New York's Midtown in Motion program the answer to midtown's traffic woes?  Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says the agency plans to expand the program, which uses cameras and sensors to continuously adjust traffic lights to avoid bottlenecks.  According to Khan, the program, which has been in place at 20 intersections since July, has sped up traffic in midtown by 10%.

The current system uses 100 sensors, 32 cameras, and E-Z Pass readers between 2nd and 6th Avenues from 42nd to 57th Streets.  After the $2.9 million expansion, the program will cover the areas between 1st to 9th Avenues.

While some are calling the system the wave of the future, others believe there are better ways the city could fight traffic, such as Gridlock Sam's congestion pricing plan, or increasing the cost of meters to free up more parking spots.

The city plans to expand Midtown in Motion this September.

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