Timing Adjustments to Traffic Lights Cause Major Gridlock in Downtown BaltimoreAugust 6, 2018
To reduce traffic in downtown Baltimore, the Maryland Department of Transportation (DOT) adjusted the timing of traffic lights at key intersections around town. Unfortunately, the plan backfired, and traffic in and out of downtown Baltimore has slowed to a crawl, particularly during the evening commute. Traffic officials say they are working on the problem and hope to solve the issue soon.
Close to 120,000 people work in downtown Baltimore, so the increased traffic has many commuters feeling extremely frustrated. One commuter even complained that she had to sit through 10 cycles of a traffic light, and watched buses drive into the intersections, even as lights were turning red. According to the city councilman, adjustments to traffic lights have made traffic worse than ever. To make matters worse, citywide construction projects have closed lanes in certain areas.
Fixing the Problem
Officials at the DOT say that the new timing patterns have created unforeseen problems, reducing traffic in certain areas while increasing it in others. While they assured the public that they have sent technicians out to make new adjustments that will improve the flow of traffic, the city councilman believes that this is not enough and that the problem needs to be fixed immediately. The Director of the DOT said that they began tweaking the traffic signals to encourage a safer flow of traffic, involving a complex algorithm.
In response to the complaints, the DOT sent traffic safety officers, inspectors, and other staff to the streets to help keep traffic flowing and to ensure safe conditions at crosswalks. Many commuters asked why the system could not simply be reset to the way it was before, but the DOT responded that the department is confident that they can ultimately make changes that will improve the system.
Unfortunately, increased traffic can cause several unsafe conditions on the road, from tailgating and running red lights to aggressive driving and road rage. In busy cities like Baltimore, these conditions can be hazardous not only to drivers, but to pedestrians who are crossing the street, and cyclists who are sharing the roads with motorists.
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