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Traffic lights waste time and fuel

Published: June 29, 2013

In “Time to get serious about infrastructure” (Point of View, June 26), Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell wrote that “In 2011, the average American commuter wasted 38 hours and 19 gallons of fuel sitting in traffic.” If Cornett is serious about reducing the amount of time and fuel wasted by Oklahoma City motorists, he'd see to it that something is done about the abominable traffic light situation in this city. The lights downtown are precisely timed to ensure that one must stop at every one of them!

It takes less than 30 seconds to travel a block, then you sit and wait for 60 to 120 seconds at a red light. Repeat ad infinitum until out of the downtown area or you reach your destination. Also, left-turn lights are causing much wasted time and fuel. All left-turn lanes should use either the flashing yellow arrow or the solid green signal whenever the light for straight-ahead traffic is green. Sitting and waiting through several minutes of the traffic light cycle for the left-turn arrow when there's no oncoming traffic is ridiculous. This occurs even in remote areas of the city where there's little traffic much of the time.

If Oklahoma City's mayor and city council are serious about saving commuter time and fuel and improving the conditions of the city's transportation infrastructure, they'll resolve these issues rather than just talk about them.

John Wente, Yukon


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