An article in today's Spectator outlines Hamilton's $400 million "wishlist" due this Friday for eligibility in the government stimulus funding package.
The last item on this list truly boggles the mind:
Traffic signal upgrades: $10 million
Improving the timing of Hamilton's traffic lights could save residents $3.5 million a year in fuel. It would also cut car emissions while making signals more sensitive to pedestrians. The city wants to install high-tech sensors to upgrade the system.
Do we really need to be improving the timing of Hamilton's traffic lights? Isn't it bad enough that you can drive with your eyes closed and not a miss a beat on Main Street from Dundurn to the Delta?
What exactly does "make the signals more sensitive to pedestrians" mean?
it's either one or the other, isn't it? If a signal is set up to give pedestrian control and bring up the walk signal, this will interrupt the timed flow for the vehicles. I wonder how they plan on doing both, or is the pedestrian comment in there just to sound good ... like most of Vision 2020?
Hamilton's addiction with freeway-style traffic all through the city needs to stop. We need a balanced transportation system, not one based purely on single-occupancy automobiles.
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