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Politics Paper - One of the most important things in any...

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One of the most important things in any city are the streets and roads that connect it. Needless to say, the manner in which the streets are managed is highly important. This is done through a series of rules and regulations that manage traffic and ensure that travel goes safely and efficiently. One important item in this is that of the traffic light. However, at times traffic lights could be managed better. With better traffic light synchronization many areas could work more efficiently and thereby serve citizens better. Spokane is an important city in Washington that could benefit from better traffic light management. Within Spokane there are 252 intersections with traffic signals ( http://www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/siglight.htm ). Of these, the majority “are controlled and monitored by a central computer” that coordinates and adjusts signal timing in conjunction with the traffic patterns occurring throughout the city. However, some of these lights could be better optimized to better serve the community. One specific problem area is that of Division Street. Any time of day one can encounter jammed, slow-moving inefficient traffic on Division. It is a street to avoid if at all possible—as it takes far too long to make what should be a short trip down the busy street. Although the city claims to have the lights on Division Street well regulated, one can come to the conclusion that there is a better way that this can be done. When driving down Division Street one finds that the lights are so poorly synchronized that a car will hit every traffic light, spend minutes waiting for the light to turn green, finally get to go, and have the whole process start over again immediately. Although some feel that it is not worth it to improve the traffic light system on Division Street, there are several benefits that could come from such a change.
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2011 for the course EDU 300 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '09 term at BYU.

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