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Rudolph Aside, We Need A Leader: Syncronize Traffic Lights

With all the hullabaloo about gas prices, you figure that sooner or later, America's cities would figure it out for us:  synchronize traffic lights.  Whether you live in New York or Irvine, California (opposite sides of the universe as we know it) the song is the same, red light, road block, bridge out ahead.  You can't go anywhere for any distance without running into a red light, then another red light, then another red light, then another red light, then ... well, you get the idea.  Heck, even Avram Grossman has calculated that he spends 68% of his time commuting waiting at red lights. 

Unlike most Californians, I don't take a freeway to work.  I might as well, though, given how many red lights I run into going to or coming from work.  Some days, it can take longer than 30 minutes to go some ten miles.  Freeway times aren't much better, for those of you sitting on the parking lots otherwise known as The 405, The 5, The 605, the 710 or any of SoCal's other transportation corridors CalTrans laughingly calls Interstate highways.

Yes, if you haven't figured it out by now, I'm a little frustrated, and I've taken about as many penalty shots as the Italian football team

Not that others aren't too.  Run this search, and you'll get the flavor.

Measure M in Orange County, California promises relief.  If we vote it in this coming November.  I'm working to get out the vote now.  Anything to synchronize traffic lights on surface streets.  Tonight on the way home, I think I hit every one - some thirty in all.  Yes, that was a scream you heard from within my car.  If I could only find a City traffic engineer, I'd only have half a brain left because I'd have given that engineer a big piece of my mind, and maybe a raise, if the engineer could solve the problem.

Where I went to high school in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, we had a saying when things didn't go the way we thought they should:  "What do you expect for a town with two red lights?"

The question now is what should we expect for a town with hundreds?

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