Los Angeles to Install Intelligent Traffic Signal Controllers in Hopes of Improving Safety

Upgrades to traffic control systems in Los Angeles could make that city’s streets safer for more than just the folks behind the wheel.

New control cabinets — the behind-the-scenes nerve center for traffic signals — will include new technology to control features such as the guide-lighting in crosswalks, or signals directing bicycle traffic.

“The novelty of the ATC [advanced transportation controller] cabinets is in an increase of the limit of input and output devices,” said Oliver Hou, a transportation planner with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. “This translates to more features for more types of users than the previous cabinet, which has proven useful as our transportation system becomes more complex.”

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