Why do some traffic signals seem to take so long to change?
Most of the traffic signals in White Plains are a part of a system in which signals close together are timed to provide a safe and efficient progression of traffic flow. In order to keep these patterns consistent, they cannot allow side streets to turn green as soon as vehicles or pedestrians arrive. The system waits for the correct time to fit the side street green into the pattern. Therefore, with random arrival, wait times can vary from 1 to 100 seconds during peak travel times and 1 to 90 seconds during off-peak times. One hundred seconds can seem more like 5 minutes when you're in a hurry. To help compensate for this, some low volume approaches run on a half cycle or "free" operation during less busy times.

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1. What are those bird sounds I hear downtown?
2. Why can't we have more stop signs to control speeds on our streets?
3. What is that bright white flashing light that comes on during the red signal at Mamaroneck Avenue and Old Mamaroneck Road?
4. How do buttons for pedestrian work?
5. When can "Children At Play" signs be used?
6. Why do some traffic signals seem to take so long to change?
7. What is the purpose of rubber posts in the road?
8. What is the speed limit on streets without signs?
9. How many vehicles travel in and out of White Plains each day?
10. Why are there so many "No Turn On Red" signs in White Plains?