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$1.6 million traffic program improves NYC traffic speed by less than 1mph

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I don't live in New York City and I also don't drive. That might be why I don't see the magic here.

A traffic program installed in midtown New York last year using a bunch of sensors and cameras to improve congestion has been dubbed a success by Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.

Since the program was implemented in July 2011, average travel speed climbed in the zone from 6.5 mph to 7.2 mph between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., a 10.2 percent improvement.

Success: 0.7 mph increase.

The program "Midtown in Motion", which the city plans to expand, cost $1.6 million to implement, with $1 million in City funding and $600,000 in Federal funding.

[New York Post, Daily Intel]

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