BRT money is better spent on traffic synchronization
Better traffic flow reduces greenhouse gasses and has a greater return on investment
Synchronizing traffic lights in Winnipeg will reduce traffic jams, cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality of life for all Winnipeggers, mayoral candidate Gord Steeves said today.
“We can do a lot to make Winnipeg a greater place to live by simply upgrading our traffic lights,” Steeves said. “It will mean less time in our cars and more time enjoying the many amenities this city has to offer.”
Steeves said he would move the remaining funds from the Bus Rapid Transit Reserve Fund so it can be used for traffic light synchronization. City audit reports show for every dollar spent on traffic synchronization, it returns $40 to the community. To most effectively carry out this plan, Winnipeg’s mixture of old and new traffic light technology will need to be upgraded to modern standards.
Under his plan, work would start in the downtown and interior regions first, and would progress throughout the city. Existing traffic light locations will be evaluated to determine ensure traffic signals are located only where they are actually required.
Traffic light cycle times will also be expanded to allow more traffic to flow through intersections in a single cycle. Where Winnipeg light cycles are between 90 and 120 seconds, some jurisdictions have light cycles 60 seconds longer than in Winnipeg. As a result, more traffic moves because more vehicles travel through intersections at the end of a light cycle.
These measures will not only prevent the waste of millions of dollars on an ineffective Bus Rapid Transit system. It will improve flow for the cars, trucks and existing transit bus traffic in Winnipeg.