New York City buses move faster with new traffic signal technology


By Clayton Guse

New traffic light technology is speeding up bus service across the five boroughs, city and MTA officials say.

The tech, dubbed Transit Signal Priority, or TSP, enables stoplights to flip or stay green when a bus approaches. It’s a key part of Mayor de Blasio’s vow to increase bus speeds by 25% by the end of 2020.

TSP is currently implemented at 594 intersections along 12 bus routes, six of which are high-volume select bus lines. On some routes, the tech trick has been found to increase bus speeds by the 25% that de Blasio is calling for.

Until the mayor announced his commitment to improving bus service in January, transit advocates criticized the administration for not taking TSP seriously enough.

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