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Old 27.06.2011, 20:08
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Tram drivers and traffic lights

According to this article in the NYT tram drivers in Zurich can change traffic lights in their favour:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/sc...c.html?_r=1&hp

And here I was thinking that it was all to do with their good driving and sense of timing!
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Old 27.06.2011, 20:20
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According to this article in the NYT tram drivers in Zurich can change traffic lights in their favour:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/27/sc...c.html?_r=1&hp

And here I was thinking that it was all to do with their good driving and sense of timing!
The lights in Basel are surprisingly smart. Tram and bus drivers can switch their lights to green so they can go. Trams take priority though, so in a fight between a tram and a bus the tram always wins.

The sensors in the road are able to detect me, on my bicycle, very easily so on a quiet road the lights will go green for me as I cycle up to them. And they are very quick to go red on a road once the queue of traffic has gone. This is the only downside, as if one set of lights goes green and we all shoot off to the next set, the cars may all get through it before me and then the second set of lights goes red just as I approach on my bicycle.

All in all, I find them impressive to watch as I'm cycling through the city! How sad.
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Old 27.06.2011, 20:34
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Operators in the city’s ever expanding tram system can turn traffic lights in their favor as they approach, forcing cars to halt.
It allows tram drivers to fix it so that it's quicker to take the tram than take the car.
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Re: Tram drivers and traffic lights

It's also possible to change some lights yourself when out driving. If there is no other traffic around and you're approaching red lights, a quick 2 second blast on high beam can trigger the IR sensor to change the light sequence for you, saving you having to slow down too much. Works a treat around my way when I'm driving to the airport for a 0500 start :-)

Chris
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