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Were Traffic Lights Better Synched Under Mayor White?

One thing that comes up every time we do our quarterly Houstonian Pet Peeves shows is the synchronization of Houston’s traffic lights — or the perceived lack thereof. Recently, we received an email from a listener saying that during Mayor Bill White’s term the lights were perfectly timed. Is that true? To find out, Houston […]

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One thing that comes up every time we do our quarterly Houstonian Pet Peeves shows is the synchronization of Houston’s traffic lights — or the perceived lack thereof.

Recently, we received an email from a listener saying that during Mayor Bill White's term the lights were perfectly timed. Is that true? To find out, Houston Matters producer Edel Howlin spoke with the former mayor to try to learn how he handled traffic signal synchronization during his administration.

Then, we revisit Edel’s conversation with Jeff Weatherford, the City of Houston's deputy director of traffic operations about why the lights are timed the way they are today.

MORE: What's Behind the Timing of Houston Traffic Lights? (Houston Matters, Jan. 12, 2016)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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