When we’re stuck at a red light, it can seem like there’s no rhyme or reason to how traffic signals work.
But, there is a huge system in place with the goal of shortening the time we all, collectively, spend on the road.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is asking state lawmakers to fund a statewide plan to synchronize traffic lights to ease congestion. Twin Cities motorists spend 63 hours a year sitting in traffic, according to a recent study of traffic congestion, among the worst in the country.
It’s one of the most common complaints from anyone driving downtown: timing the traffic lights to get a string of greens is a bit like hitting the lottery. But for anyone rushing between appointments or trying to get home after a long day at the office, shaving minutes off the daily commute is a payoff worth every penny.
Have you noticed the timing on traffic lights just a bit off while trying to navigate streets in Minneapolis? The city is aware of it and is currently attempting to fix it.