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NYC DOT: Midtown Traffic Flow Has Improved

Traffic in Midtown Manhattan - Jun 5, 2012 (credit: NYC DOT)

Traffic in Midtown Manhattan – Jun 5, 2012 (credit: NYC DOT)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - If you’re driving around Midtown Manhattan, you may have recently noticed a litttle more go and a little less stop in your ride.

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New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said Tuesday that in the year since the Midtown in Motion traffic reduction program went into effect, traffic flow has improved by 10 percent.

Sadik-Khan said the DOT is doubling its efforts to combat Midtown bottlenecks with 100 more traffic sensors, 32 more video cameras, and the addition of E-ZPass readers at 23 more intersections to measure traffic speeds.

“All that data is transmitted wirelessly to our traffic management center right here in Long Island City,” she told reporters.

She said the engineers in the control room there can remotely tweak Midtown traffic signals to help untie traffic knots.

The total area of the Midtown in Motion program will also expand to 260 square blocks, with completion of the expansion set for September.

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