Traffic Light Rant

Posted by: on Jun 14, 2013 | No Comments

Casa de Berk (as my daughter has dubbed our house on Foursquare), is situated about 3 blocks from St. Barnabas Medical Center, so we frequently drive by that facility.  SBMC is located on Old Short Hills Road; there are 2 traffic lights right in front of the hospitals’ entrances and another a couple of hundred yards up the road.

Being that these lights are very close together, you’d think that would be in sync so that traffic would flow smoothly by when they are all green but noooooo. It amazes how many times I get stuck at all 3 lights in one pass and, over the past week, this situation seems to be the norm. Just makes me crazy and I needed to get this off my chest.

The only thing that irks me more is when I get stuck at one of these light late at night when there is no one else on the road.  Makes absolutely no sense when there is so little traffic and even less cars turn on to Old Short Hills where one of the 3 lights is situated. Why not just make them flashing lights during the overnight period? Ooh, ooh…I know why…because that would make common sense.

As we all know, common sense is in short supply these days, so I guess syncing traffic lights is not a high priority but it would be a good place to start (instead of all those stops).