New York, NY – Staten Island Buses Will Have Power To Turn Lights

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    New York, NY – A pilot program starting next month will give buses the power to change red lights to green.

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    The technology, to be used on Staten Island, will link emitters on 300 buses to receivers atop 14 traffic lights along 2.3 miles of Victory Boulevard. It’s designed to speed up bus service.

    The devices will turn lights from red to green 7 seconds earlier if a bus is within about 120 feet of an intersection, city Department of Transportation spokesman Craig Chin said Tuesday. If the light is already green, the devices will make it stay green longer, he said.

    For drivers on cross streets, their lights would turn red sooner or stay red longer.

    The program will begin at the end of September, Chin said. Before-and-after studies will determine how much time is being saved.

    The technology will be incorporated into the city’s planned Bus Rapid Transit project, a speeded-up bus service that will be introduced over the next two years in each borough. [ap]


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    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    16 years ago

    This was on emergency vehicles in pittsburgh 25 years ago. It should only be available to emergency responders.

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    Anonymous
    16 years ago

    3:08 – this is definitely NOT a waste. this will likely shave off quite a bit of time for bus commuters and will not “mess up” signals on other streets.

    it sounds like that you think that you (presumably in a single occupancy vehicle) should have priority over 30 people in a bus. sorry, but no.

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    Anonymous
    16 years ago

    They have this in place in Chicago on emergency vehicles. In my opinion I think it should be restricted to emergency vehicles only

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    Anonymous
    16 years ago

    What if two buss wana cross the same intersection at the same time ? Both lights will go green!

    Ayi vay

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    16 years ago

    what a waste, all that money to save a measly 98 seconds. Ridiculous….plus all the other streets traffic light signals will be messed up.

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    16 years ago

    These are available online. http://www.themirt.com/

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    Anonymous
    16 years ago

    Its more necesary in S.A. where there arent as much subway lines

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    16 years ago

    Why dont they try this in Manhattan! Because it will cause havoc and Gridlock. This is as needed as the Bus Lane on the Staten Island expressway.

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    16 years ago

    11:28 AM – Very true and funny too!

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    Anonymous
    16 years ago

    Look for the transmitters soon on Ebay for your personal car.