LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was expected to flip the switch on Tuesday on a final traffic intersection system that will result in the synchronization of all of nearly 4,400 traffic signals in Los Angeles.
KNX 1070′s Pete Demetriou reports L.A. is about to become the first major city in the world to synchronize all of its traffic signals.
The Automated Traffic Surveillance & Control (ATSAC) signal synchronization program was scheduled to be initiated at 9 a.m. at the northwest corner of S. Broadway and Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Officials said the completion of this project will increase travel speeds by 16 percent and reduces travel times by 12 percent.
Synching ALL of the LA's traffic signals reduces nearly 1 metric ton of pollution annually and saves you 1 day of waiting in traffic.—
LA Mayor's Office (@LAMayorsOffice) February 19, 2013
Villaraigosa campaigned on the promise to finish the signal synchronization project that had been left in limbo since the 1984 Olympics.
In addition to easing traffic, the intricate network can be utilized by law enforcement and emergency response vehicles to improve efficiency.
Signal synchronization also dramatically reduces carbon emissions by 1 million metric tons a year due to less idling at intersections, according to officials.