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Does anyone notice anything screwed up with the traffic lights in sauga? Often times I see myself in a car on a red light, with traffic lining up behind me, while there is a green light on the perpendicular road, even though there are no vehicles on that road (or minimal compared to the traffic on the first road). It stays like that for atleast 30 seconds. I experience this scenario atleast once whenever I am driving.
Just few days ago, I was trying to turn left onto Mavis from a busy street (near derry).. I swear to God, there were atleast 4 cars behind me (and 1 ahead) and 10 minutes go by & the light is still red. By that time, I had lost my patience and drove my car around the whole block just to get to mavis.


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Does anyone notice anything screwed up with the traffic lights in sauga? Often times I see myself in a car on a red light, with traffic lining up behind me, while there is a green light on the perpendicular road, even though there are no vehicles on that road (or minimal compared to the traffic on the first road). It stays like that for atleast 30 seconds. I experience this scenario atleast once whenever I am driving.
Just few days ago, I was trying to turn left onto Mavis from a busy street (near derry).. I swear to God, there were atleast 4 cars behind me (and 1 ahead) and 10 minutes go by & the light is still red. By that time, I had lost my patience and drove my car around the whole block just to get to mavis.


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If its south of Derry, I think I know what street you are talking about. Getting someone to go out and push the button is a good solution, lol.
 

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Pfft, you think your lights are bad? Come to Thunder Bay. We have people confused about green lights telling them to drive into moving trains! And the words "in sync" don't exist up here, it's a start stop marathon across town. And like Simcity, every intersection has them. More than 100 lighted intersections, the most per capita in Canada.
 

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If its south of Derry, I think I know what street you are talking about. Getting someone to go out and push the button is a good solution, lol.
Yeah its Novo Star, south of Derry. Normally, I have to push that button, but sometimes it takes a while even after pushing the button. This last time I lost my patience & can't stand that crap anymore. These traffic lights significantly increase the commute time (all of them).
 

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Pfft, you think your lights are bad? Come to Thunder Bay. We have people confused about green lights telling them to drive into moving trains! And the words "in sync" don't exist up here, it's a start stop marathon across town. And like Simcity, every intersection has them. More than 100 lighted intersections, the most per capita in Canada.
Its so bad up here our expressway has lights at every intersection...
 

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Its so bad up here our expressway has lights at every intersection...
And aside from lights, there is a rail crossing. :) The first kilometre of the Harbour Expressway has three lighted intersections and a rail crossing! :lol:

Imagine the 403 being like that! :p
 

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I've noticed something oddly similar, The pedestrian crossing signal. When it starts flashing the red hand to symbol "dont start to cross the street, but keep walking if you're already started crossing" all of a sudden turns into the walk symbol...i thought the usual order went something like this



Stop
Cross
Dont Start

but this light sometimes goes straight from Dont Start to cross

or maybe I'm seeing things....
 

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I think the thing with the crossing lights happens for the following reasons, but it's more just my general observations:
1. Depending on the time of day, the lights are set to different timing sequences so occasionally you get hit with "flashing hand" then it goes on to a new timing sequence which resets it back to "white hand"

2. If you don't hit the button to cross it will go from "flashing red" to "white hand" b/c it doesn't think ther are any pedestrians. This also comes into play b/c there either isn't a car @ the intersection or else the car hasn't set off a trigger (usually one of those metal plates in the road, or one of those camera like things sitting next to the signal). That is usually the main cause. Why the system is set up like that (well, besides efficency) doesn't make too much sense to me, but I've seen this all over the province and in parts of the US.
 

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It could also be a glitch. :p The traffic light near our old house would only use the blind pedestrian sound when the pedestrian light changed to cross automatically, but the sound would be disabled when the button was pressed, say, if a blind person used it.

It was a very bad mistake.
 

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I think the thing with the crossing lights happens for the following reasons, but it's more just my general observations:
1. Depending on the time of day, the lights are set to different timing sequences so occasionally you get hit with "flashing hand" then it goes on to a new timing sequence which resets it back to "white hand"

2. If you don't hit the button to cross it will go from "flashing red" to "white hand" b/c it doesn't think ther are any pedestrians. This also comes into play b/c there either isn't a car @ the intersection or else the car hasn't set off a trigger (usually one of those metal plates in the road, or one of those camera like things sitting next to the signal). That is usually the main cause. Why the system is set up like that (well, besides efficency) doesn't make too much sense to me, but I've seen this all over the province and in parts of the US.
well the intersection I was referring to didn't have the button that one needs to push to cross.

Its one of those intersections where a minor residential road intersects with a major arterial road. The arterial road will have a greater green signal time compared to the other road. When crossing the minor residential road in a direction parallel to the major arterial road, that is when the previously mentioned event occured. Not just once but several times now.

I initially thought there was some kind of a sensor...detects traffic on the minor residential lane. If there is no traffic, the major arterial road can continue with the green signal...or something to that extent....don't know if i'm on the right track
 
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