Do lights help commutes?

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I recall an article about a year ago in The Augusta Chronicle reporting on help to speed up drivers who commute throughout the CSRA. This article talked about alleviating wait times brought about by having to stop and wait needlessly at most traffic lights.

Most signals are on a timed loop that repeats the same pattern whether there is traffic or not. Workers were going to change the repeating loop pattern and use sensors that could tell the amount of actual vehicles traveling through the intersection, thus decreasing wait times and speeding up your commute.

Drivers will agree that most signals are on a repeating pattern of green-yellow-red, and do not actually help control the flow of traffic through intersections.

Ever had to stop and wait at a signal only to sit there and see no traffic in any direction? Occasionally, I have had to drive through downtown during the middle of the night only to be stopped for minutes at each intersection to sit, watch, wait and obey the cycle of the traffic control signal. There is no traffic, but you must wait until the cycle has completed.

I know, some of you will say, “Relax and smell the roses. What’s your hurry?” I agree to that somewhat. But when you have to stop and wait at each traffic control signal, at each intersection, for no traffic – well, I’ve smelled enough of the roses. Let’s keep it moving. Fifteen-minute commutes take 30 minutes, and at more than $3 a gallon for gas, money is wasted, and there are certain areas of our city where you don’t want to sit by yourself for very long.

So, what is the outcome of The Chronicle’s article? Has the help to speed up our commute been forgotten?

T.E. Freemon

Martinez

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faithson
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faithson 10/11/13 - 11:40 pm
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hope Mr. Freemon likes payin' his taxes...

cost money to integrate the type of change he would like...

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 10/12/13 - 03:40 am
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If there really is no
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If there really is no traffic, adjust your speed to hit the green pattern all the way through. It's easier than sitting down to write a letter to the editor.

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mooseye 10/12/13 - 08:59 am
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Maybe

It would be more cost effective to put some lights on blink after a certain time of night. It would cost much less than converting them to sensors, and it is a very efficient traffic control method in low volume.
I remember when you could go up Walton Way, and if you hit the timing right, make every light from the Gordan highway to 15th, at a certain maintained speed.

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TrukinRanger 10/12/13 - 09:23 am
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If you can't wait or feel
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If you can't wait or feel that this is disrupting your life so bad you have a big problem. This is Augusta. There isn't major traffic in this town- perhaps occasional backups. Try moving to a real city and see how you like waiting in traffic.

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soapy_725 10/12/13 - 09:37 am
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They can be programmed. No one in guvmit cares. Remember when
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summer students used to stand on street corners and count cars? Or the counter strips laid across roads for traffic studies? IT allows for programming of lights. Decades ago. Someone has to program the lights.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/12/13 - 09:39 am
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35 mph thru Albany GA and never hit a red light. Not ARC.
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ARC does not care. Efficiency at any thing is of not importance.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/12/13 - 09:40 am
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ARC would make changes if it affected the Iron Men race.
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ARC would make changes if it affected the Iron Men race.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/12/13 - 09:42 am
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Do lights help commuters? Only in the ARC of No Covenant.
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Do lights help commuters? Only in the ARC of No Covenant.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/12/13 - 09:43 am
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Maybe some of those large nail strips for wrong way drivers?
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Maybe some of those large nail strips for wrong way drivers?

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blh 10/16/13 - 05:59 am
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Augusta should spend more on infrastructure and public safety

The lights should be set to FACILITATE the smooth flow of traffic, especially on busy streets. They are too long in Augusta regardless of the time of day or street; wait times are longer than any other city I've lived in. Improved signaling would allow more lights to be installed at neighborhood and parking lot intersections since the busy street side would be green most of the time. Washington road should be moving most of the time rather than stopped most of the time.

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