NYC Testing New Technology Aimed At Reducing Traffic Congestion


trafficNew York City officials are testing some new technology that could help reduce traffic jams throughout Manhattan.

It’s called Midtown in Motion, a new traffic management system using microwave sensors, video cameras and EZ pass readers to spot heavy congestion in a test area.

Transportation commissioner Janette Sadik Kahn says when traffic is at a standstill, lights can be changed at the press of a button at the city’s Traffic Management Center.

“Our traffic engineers actually have the tools they need to identify a problem and to respond in real-time,” said Kahn.

Engineers have access to video feeds and high-tech sensors from 2nd to 6th avenues between 42nd and 57th streets.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports: Traffic Jams Cleared At The Touch Of A Button

While the system is good, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says it’s not perfect.

“I don’t want anybody to think that starting tomorrow morning, there will never be another traffic jam,” he said.

The federal government is picking up more than a third of the $1.6 million price tag.

If it works, the system could be in place city-wide by 2013.

{CBS/ Newscenter}