Let’s improve Buffalo by coordinating lights

There are 41 traffic lights on Main Street from Bailey Avenue to Tupper Street – a distance of 5.5 miles. None of these lights is coordinated. Coordinating these lights would help immeasurably with relieving congestion, reducing vehicular and pedestrian collisions, encouraging travel within the speed limit to meet green lights and reducing unnecessary stopping and starting of traffic, which in turn reduces fuel consumption, air pollution, noise, vehicle wear and tear and helps mitigate driver frustration and road rage.

Too often, a vehicle waits at a red light (for example, Riley Street) only to move one-tenth of a mile toward a green light (Utica) that turns red before reaching it.

Smoothly flowing traffic on Main Street would encourage businesses to move to Main Street, which would increase revenue for the city. Coordinating these traffic lights would help relieve the excessive traffic “cutting through” pleasant and stable neighborhoods like Parkside.

Coordinating traffic lights is not cheap, but it is cost-effective. Many cities worldwide and in the United States (Minneapolis, Detroit, Los Angeles) have successfully coordinated their traffic lights and have documented the benefits mentioned above.

Jennifer Gold