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Traffic Q&A: Why do the signals seem so out of sync at Meridian and Fifth Avenue in Puyallup?

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Q: Why do the traffic signals at Fifth Avenue Northwest and the Meridian/Second Street couplet in Puyallup seem so out of synch? – Janet W., Puyallup

A: First, let us set the scene.

The main north-south drag through the heart of Puyallup is the Meridian/Second Street couplet.

Meridian is one-way southbound. Second Street (and sometimes Third Street) is one-way northbound.

Now Fifth Avenue Northwest crosses both stems near Grayland Park.

Got it? Good.

We will let Janet, who frequently drives on Fifth Avenue Northwest, take it from here.

Rhythm EngineeringTraffic Q&A: Why do the signals seem so out of sync at Meridian and Fifth Avenue in Puyallup?
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In|Sync reduces travel times on Rosecrans in Midway District

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A new automated traffic-signal optimization system on Point Loma’s Rosecrans Street was officially dedicated March 24 by Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Peninsula leaders.

Faulconer said the city’s “made a concentrated push in the last few years to use techology to become a smarter city trying to use that technology to provide better service to customers and to our residents. … Now we’re using technology to improve traffic.”

The mayor noted the new signals “communicate with each other, memorize traffic patterns and make timing adjustments so cars keep moving along rather than sitting at a red light for minutes on end.”

The new system “is all about taking real-time data, and turning it into real-time results,” said Faulconer.

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Mayor Faulconer, Councilmember Zapf Announce City’s Smart Traffic Signals Are Shrinking Commute Times

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New Innovative Technology Optimizes Traffic Signals, Reducing Travel Time Thanks To $600,000 State Grant

Thursday, March 9, 2017 – NEWS RELEASE

San Diego – With the goal of making a smarter and cleaner San Diego for future generations, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined today by City Councilmember Lorie Zapf and community leaders to tout the successful installation of adaptive traffic signals in the Point Loma and Midway neighborhoods that have significantly improved traffic flow and reduced vehicle stops.

Through a $600,000 state grant, the City of San Diego installed 12 “Adaptive Traffic Systems” along the Rosecrans Street corridor from Hancock Street to Nimitz Boulevard as a quality-of-life improvement for neighborhood residents. These smart traffic signals communicate with each other and adjust signals, memorize traffic patterns, improve traffic flow and reduce vehicle stops.

“We’ve made a concerted effort over the past few years to improve neighborhoods by installing smart infrastructure along some of San Diego’s most congested roadways,” Mayor Faulconer said. “Everybody hates sitting in traffic so we’re turning to new technology to solve this age-old problem. These smart signals adjust traffic lights to keep cars moving rather than sitting at stoplights.”

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Mira Mesa Phase I Adaptive Traffic Control System Wins Award

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Location: City of San Diego – Mira Mesa Community

City or County Responsible for Project: City of San Diego

Award Category: Safety or Intelligent Transportation System Projects

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Mira Mesa Phase I adaptive traffic control system, activated in Summer 2016, is the City of San Diego’s most complex system deployment. Project goal is to improve traffic flow, reduce travel times, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and enhance safety in one of the most traffic-congested communities in San Diego. To meet these goals, the City of San Diego selected the most advanced adaptive traffic control system currently on the market: InSync. Mira Mesa Phase I adaptive traffic control system deployment was designed to tie into initial InSync deployments on Lusk Boulevard, which involved nine intersections and public/private funding. Successful deployment of the Lusk Boulevard system, which reduced travel times by 24 percent, reduced stops by 61 percent, and reduced fuel consumption by 24 percent, caused the City to expand use of adaptive traffic control systems, including to other intersections in west Mira Mesa.

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Smarter traffic signals

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) – The city is equipping more streets with adaptive signals that detect traffic counts and adjust signals in real time.

Dustin Brinkman with Rhythm Engineering says the technology has mad a positive impact to traffic flow on 26th Street, reduced crashes and decreased fuel consumption.

Sioux Falls Police Chief Matt Burns says when cars stop less often, the likelihood for crashes also decreases.  He says “more smoothly flowing traffic makes for safer commutes and a healthier community.”

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Traffic snarls go bye bye bye with InSync system

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Tired of gridlock on Rosecrans Street and throughout the Peninsula?

Relief is on the way soon in the form of an InSync traffic optimization system now being installed on signals along Rosecrans, one of San Diego’s busiest and most congested thoroughfares. A similar traffic- optimization system was installed six months ago on Torrey Pines Road on La Jolla Parkway in “the Throat” in between Interstate 5 and La Jolla Village.

“This is the same signal-optimization technique,” said Duncan Hughes, a city senior traffic engineer, who noted, “Rosecrans in Midway is among the heaviest-volume roads (in the city), not just Rosecrans, but all the crossing arterials.”

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Dozens of skyrocketing KC firms break into the Inc. 5000

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Kansas City held its own on Inc. Magazine’s annual ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing, private companies.

The Wednesday unveiling of the Inc. 5000 featured 44 metro firms — including several area tech firms, like k12itc and Rhythm Engineering.

K12itc, which in January made Startland’s 2016 top 10 startups to watch, delivers cloud-based IT services to K-12 school districts and has seen skyrocketing growth since its 2010 founding date. With a three-year growth rate of 456 percent and $7.5 million reported revenue in 2015, the firm earned the 869th spot on the Inc. 5000 ranking.

Rhythm Engineering — well-known in the tech community for its involvement in area smart city innovation — nabbed a ranking of 3,254. Launched in 2008, the firm reported a revenue of $19.2 million, seeing a 103 percent three-year growth rate.

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Company Says $700,000 Streetcar Traffic System Is Saving Drivers Time

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A new $700,000 computerized traffic system installed by a private company to give Kansas City streetcar riders a better experience is reducing travel times for all vehicles in the downtown streetcar zone, according to the company.

Jesse Manning of Rhythm Engineering, a Lenexa, Kansas, firm, told a City Council committee last week that the smart traffic system has reduced travel times between the River Market and Union Station by 31 percent northbound and 23 percent southbound during morning peak traffic hours.

The computer-controlled system uses cameras and sensors to monitor vehicular and pedestrian traffic and adjust traffic signal timing accordingly, Manning says.

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Smart traffic signals have the capability to give priority to KC streetcars

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Some Kansas City streetcar passengers have been asking: Why can’t the vehicles get traffic signal priority and avoid red lights along downtown’s Main Street route?

Answer: The streetcars can and do get some signal priority already. And they could get more in the future.

Thank an innovative, “smart” and adaptive signal system now in use along the 2.2-mile streetcar route from River Market to Union Station.

But the system is being used judiciously and tweaked to accommodate other traffic needs such as motorists, pedestrians and bikes.

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Pooler awards contract for installation of ‘smart’ traffic signals

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Officials in Pooler are moving ahead with plans to improve traffic conditions along one of the city’s busiest roadways.

The Pooler City Council on Monday awarded a $1.2 million contract to Pooler-based Griffin Contracting Inc. for the installation of a new adaptive traffic control system and associated connecting fiber along areas of Pooler Parkway and Airways Avenue. In addition, the contract with Griffin includes costs for the installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Pipemakers Circle and Pooler Parkway.

Griffin Contracting was the sole bidder for the project.

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