I don’t have a lot of pet peeves, but in these days of amazing technology, you would think that there would be some advancements in the traffic light system.

On August 5, 1914, the very first traffic signal was installed on the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street in Cleveland Ohio.

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Over 100 years later, and things haven’t changed that much, we’re still waiting for the light to change, along with technology.

How many times have you approached an intersection in the early morning hours, late at night, or a weekend, only to have the traffic light turn red, keep you sitting there while it goes through the complete cycle, and not a soul in sight.

How about the 15 second advanced green light, that ties up several minutes of drive time?

One of the worst examples of traffic light dysfunction, is the advanced green arrow at the intersection of Reno Boulevard -Sycamore Street and the Vestal Parkway.

If you have ever traveled east on the Vestal Parkway in the left turn lane intersection, trying to make a turn on to Sycamore street, during the drive time peak, you have probably sat through your share of consecutive traffic signal cycles.

My personal record at that intersection is four complete cycles, back-to-back, so why is it, that we can put moving vehicles and flying space copters on Mars, but we can’t come up with a significant advancement in traffic lights?

This is 2021, not 1914, we are inventing cars that don’t need drivers, so before we figure out how to fold them up into a suitcase, how about a traffic signal upgrade?

Lets start with a longer advance arrow at Vestal Parkway and Sycamore street.

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