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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]