Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A History of New York City Traffic Control

In movies and TV shows about New York City, you never notice traffic lights. Yes, the city does have them, but it didn't until 1920 and has had a variety of traffic control signals since then, including police officers posted at every intersection to manually direct traffic.

The New York Times looks at the history of traffic lights in the city,from the first ones mounted on rickety platforms to later bronze and granite towers that were eventually the victim of the very traffic they were supposed to control.

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.