by Chris Ruvo, Philly Blurbs
Slow. Frustrating. Annoying. A pain in the — uh, a pain.
If you’ve driven through Warminster’s Street Road corridor, chances are you’ve used those descriptives — and perhaps more colorful ones — to relate the experience.
The upside? Township supervisors are more than aware of the situation. They’ve battled with the dilemma themselves, with Supervisors Chairman Leo Quinn III declaring Thursday evening how it has, at times, taken him 30 minutes to go 3 miles through the traffic signal-choked artery.
Now, supervisors are focused on improving the situation. And during their Thursday meeting, they heard from township traffic engineer Philip Wursta and Tom Cooper of Rhythm Engineering, a provider of self-optimizing traffic signals, on how to do just that.
Wursta said traffic flow enhancements are in the cards. If supervisors approve, the help could come from Rhythm Engineering, a Kansas-based company that designs, develops, sells and supports innovative traffic management solutions.
Rhythm’s flagship product, InSync, is a real-time adaptive traffic control system that enables traffic signals to adapt to actual traffic demand moment by moment. The 64th-fastest growing private company in 2011 according to the prestigious Inc. 500, Rhythm’s InSync solution is used at more than 800 intersections in 23 states, with more than 2 million vehicles passing through InSync corridors daily.
According to Rhythm, the system reduces stops at traffic signals by 60 to 90 percent, travel time up to 50 percent, accidents up to 30 percent, and fuel consumption and emissions by 20 percent to 30 percent.
Even if those numbers prove only partially true, they’d be welcome change to Warminster’s Street Road corridor traffic situation, which township officials acknowledge can be problematic during both peak and off-peak times.
If you’re interested, go to www.warminstertownship.org to provide feedback directly township officials on the issue.