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Teleworking makes signals change faster

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 by Tai Moses

You may think traffic signal timing is random, but Austin Transportation’s Mobility Management Center is continuously monitoring traffic flow and adjusting signals in response to changes in traffic patterns. It’s no surprise that with so many of us working remotely right now, there are fewer cars on the road, so ATX technicians have accordingly made adjustments, reducing the amount of time between signal phases. Translation: You’re spending less time waiting at red lights when you do venture out. According to the department’s newsletter, “These changes are intended to increase travel time reliability for all people making essential trips – whether that’s walking, biking, scooting or driving.” Speaking of working from home, the transportation management association Movability is conducting a survey about teleworking in an effort to “gather data on what’s working (and what isn’t) when it comes to remote work.” Fill out the Covid-19 Telework Survey by Thursday and you’ll be in the running to win a $50 Visa gift card. Which you could use to buy some new slippers to wear at your next Zoom meeting. Just a suggestion.

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