MassDOT announced today that it's installing specialized traffic signal systems along Beacon Street in Brookline, and Comm. Ave. and Huntington Ave. in Boston that will switch to green lights for approaching trolleys. Mass. Ave. in Cambridge will get similar treatment for buses.
The goal of the $1.3 million pilot project is to see if commuter wait times can be decreased by giving approaching trolleys or buses a better shot of getting through an intersection. The signals should be ready to go by January, MassDOT says.
Because we live in a car-oriented culture, MassDOT says that an earlier, smaller pilot at just six intersections showed "no demonstrably negative effect" on cars and their drivers.