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I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!

 
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I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
We can send a man to the freekin' moon (can't we) but we can't time the traffic lights to make traffic flow smoother, thereby increasing overall productivity?

It actually seems that most of the lights are timed so as soon as you get a green light - the next one turns red in a stop and go - go and stop routine!

AND I SMELL A RAT!!! oil
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Some will rob you with a six-gun,
And some with a fountain pen.

And as through your life you travel,
Yes, as through your life you roam,
You won't never see an outlaw
Drive a family from their home.
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Re: I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
Once the light turns green, if you're in front haul ass as quick as possible and you can usually beat the next light before it turns red. Once you past that light then its usually smooth sailing from there.
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Re: I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
Hey they gotta have witty anecdotes to tell when they're playing golf
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Re: I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
Flash you brights on and off as quick as a strobe light. If you get caught, you will get a ticket.
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Re: I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
You will figure out more and more things that make you go hmmmm.

Good post
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Re: I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
You certainly can't have everyone expeditiously going where they want to go, now can we?

All those cars parked and engines cold?
whitevan huffy
Yes, as through this world I've wandered
I've seen lots of funny men;
Some will rob you with a six-gun,
And some with a fountain pen.

And as through your life you travel,
Yes, as through your life you roam,
You won't never see an outlaw
Drive a family from their home.
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Re: I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
It's true. If you have ever seen the stop lights at freeway on ramps (2 cars per light) you can see they are designed to congest traffic and burn fuel.
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Re: I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
They're usually timed really well in Dayton for 25 MPH.

Problem is, most people think the speed limit is 35, so they rush from red light to red light... fools.

They're even timed for 25 on a street with 36MPH signs.

If you take your time, you can get through the entire city on nearly every street without having to brake at all.

Get great mileage that way!
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Re: I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
It's true. If you have ever seen the stop lights at freeway on ramps (2 cars per light) you can see they are designed to congest traffic and burn fuel.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1043775


No, those lights are designed for all the idiots who don't know to leave space when they're on the ramp.
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Re: I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
It's true. If you have ever seen the stop lights at freeway on ramps (2 cars per light) you can see they are designed to congest traffic and burn fuel.
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Yes, I hate those... that is some BS right there, right at the on ramp where you are supposed to be speeding up to merge with traffic smoothly.
Yes, as through this world I've wandered
I've seen lots of funny men;
Some will rob you with a six-gun,
And some with a fountain pen.

And as through your life you travel,
Yes, as through your life you roam,
You won't never see an outlaw
Drive a family from their home.
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Re: I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
It's true. If you have ever seen the stop lights at freeway on ramps (2 cars per light) you can see they are designed to congest traffic and burn fuel.


No, those lights are designed for all the idiots who don't know to leave space when they're on the ramp.
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siren2Sounds like we have a non-driver.

Last Edited by Mr. Natural on 12/07/2010 09:29 PM
Yes, as through this world I've wandered
I've seen lots of funny men;
Some will rob you with a six-gun,
And some with a fountain pen.

And as through your life you travel,
Yes, as through your life you roam,
You won't never see an outlaw
Drive a family from their home.
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Re: I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
Once the light turns green, if you're in front haul ass as quick as possible and you can usually beat the next light before it turns red. Once you past that light then its usually smooth sailing from there.
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Its sucx getting stuck behind some tard that takes 5 miles to get up to the speed limit, and you thus get stuck at every fucking light :(
But yea, if you get up to the speed limit as fast as possible from a light, majoriety of the time you can catch a lot of the next lights green.
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Re: I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
It's true. If you have ever seen the stop lights at freeway on ramps (2 cars per light) you can see they are designed to congest traffic and burn fuel.

Yes, I hate those... that is some BS right there, right at the on ramp where you are supposed to be speeding up to merge with traffic smoothly.
 Quoting: watchdog

Especially for a big rig with a heavy load it really sucks. They put the light down at the bottom of the on ramp, so lets say the hwy speed limit is 65 the truck now has to try and merge in at like 30, very dangerous. I just run that light if i can so i dont loose any safe merging speed. And they have those cameras there too and i always show them they are #1 for having those lights there in the first place :)
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Re: I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
They're usually timed really well in Dayton for 25 MPH.

Problem is, most people think the speed limit is 35, so they rush from red light to red light... fools.

They're even timed for 25 on a street with 36MPH signs.

If you take your time, you can get through the entire city on nearly every street without having to brake at all.

Get great mileage that way!
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Beauty. You're a betweener. :)
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Re: I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
You certainly can't have everyone expeditiously going where they want to go, now can we?

All those cars parked and engines cold?
whitevan huffy
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You don't own a Lear? ---------->ffft
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Re: I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
It's true. If you have ever seen the stop lights at freeway on ramps (2 cars per light) you can see they are designed to congest traffic and burn fuel.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1043775


"Heavy traffic" makes the town look more prosperous.

This is important when selling the town park to Walmart.
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Re: I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
Flash you brights on and off as quick as a strobe light. If you get caught, you will get a ticket.
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Ive tested this and it does not seem to work in Australia :(
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Re: I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
They're usually timed really well in Dayton for 25 MPH.

Problem is, most people think the speed limit is 35, so they rush from red light to red light... fools.

They're even timed for 25 on a street with 36MPH signs.

If you take your time, you can get through the entire city on nearly every street without having to brake at all.

Get great mileage that way!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 576059


This is the whole point. The lights are easily timed.

But mostly ----------->They ain't.


What cranks me off is where they've got 50 cars waiting and guess what, ALL the lights are red. You could get out and have a fucking picknic in the road.

And speaking of stupid, how about your average WalMart parking lot? Why in hell do we have to drive up to the front door, wait for pedestrians,,,,,,,,,,,,wait for pedestrians,,,,,,,,,,,wait for carts,,,,,,,wait for BillyBob to pick up his girl friend and THEN go park in the goddamn parking lot WE JUST DROVE BY!?!?!?!?!
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Re: I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
And speaking of stupid, how about your average WalMart parking lot? Why in hell do we have to drive up to the front door, wait for pedestrians,,,,,,,,,,,,wait for pedestrians,,,,,,,,,,,wait for carts,,,,,,,wait for BillyBob to pick up his girl friend and THEN go park in the goddamn parking lot WE JUST DROVE BY!?!?!?!?!
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there is a really easy solution to that... STOP SHOPPING AT WAL-MART
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Re: I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
And speaking of stupid, how about your average WalMart parking lot? Why in hell do we have to drive up to the front door, wait for pedestrians,,,,,,,,,,,,wait for pedestrians,,,,,,,,,,,wait for carts,,,,,,,wait for BillyBob to pick up his girl friend and THEN go park in the goddamn parking lot WE JUST DROVE BY!?!?!?!?!


there is a really easy solution to that... STOP SHOPPING AT WAL-MART
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One busy saturday I watched a National Guard convoy decide to turn around in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

Fuck me, I swear I could have sold tickets. It was an hour long show.chuckle
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Re: I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
Modesto, California has three streets, major through ways through the town that are timed to meet the needs of traffic throughout the day.

Mc Henry, Coffee and Briggsmoore which crosses the other two and has the 'right of way'. I drive down Coffee most of the time, as long as I hit 40 MPH near spot on I will hit every light green except Bridggsmore which gets the 'right of way' across.

They started these timed intersections in '02 and while the roads see more traffic now, there is less congestion except the left (middle of the road) turn lane and the far right hand lanes (again turn lanes).

Cere's which is the next closest small town decided to try timing Whitmoore, the success and netted decrease in accidents has caused Ceres (this is a small town) to time Hatch and I believe Central and another street.

Cere's got the idea from Modesto, Modesto got the idea from a 'small band' of concerned citizens who complained for about 5 years about the horrible traffic, the horrible accidents on the roads that were converted to timed lights.

Modesto tested a round about for 10 years (yes a full decade) only after another group of 'concerned citizens' complained about the deaths (6 of them, 5 children, one adult) on a certain intersection. After the roundabout was put in not even one fender bender - certainly no fatalities nor injuries.

The same group of citizens had to fight for the successful roundabout to be kept, since the city caused them to fight for it, they also fought for more roundabouts.

Hearing their plea, the newly elected city counsel members (hired because the old ones were fired for not listening to the concerned citizens) have started a 20 year project where many streets will have roundabouts and many streets will now have timed lights to facilitate flow of traffic.

It takes a group of people to yell, holler, scream, debate, bring forth and present time and time again issues like these. IF the city counsel refuses to listen, then those citizens need to rally at the polling booths.

I doubt where you live enough citizens are using their voice to get things done.
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Re: I'm convinced... The traffic lights ARE NOT syncronized so the oil companies can make more profits!
It all depends on the city you live in.

When I was living in Bakersfield California if you were driving during non rush hour times you can hit 90% of the lights green.

Driving at midnight and you could sometimes go through 30 lights without hitting a single one of them red.

During Rush hour though you hit about 80% of them green which is amazing. I have never been in another city that has traffic lights so well timed. This is because all of the lights in the city are connected to a central computer and all of the intersections with traffic lights have sensors in every lane.


I moved to Minneapolis about a year ago and was frustrated with the lights here.

So I started keeping count. I put a sticky note on my center console and put a - for red and a + for green.

Well after driving around for a few days keeping count I discovered that I hit 69% of the lights Red.

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