Weekly Snapshot: A New High-Tech Assault on Midtown Traffic Jams

BY Justin Baker Rhett
July 22, 2011
Traffic in New York City. Image by flickr user fmzs2008.

In an effort to combat major gridlock in Midtown Manhattan, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city transportation officials introduced a 1.6 million dollar program to improve traffic in one of the city’s most congested areas. The program, which uses wireless technology to gather data from microwave sensors, traffic video cameras and EZ-Pass readers, is the most recent of several attempts to deal with traffic in Midtown.  With traffic delays costing New York City’s economy approximately 13 billion dollars, Bloomberg hopes that program will eventually reduce the city’s traffic problems.

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