One of the main complaints of motorists in Columbus, it seems, is the stop and go nature of surface route traffic. To help solve the problem, the city wants to interface with other cities' traffic routine and synchronize the traffic lights. The Dispatch covered this issue in today's paper. It sounds like a great idea.
Traffic already moves way too quickly in Columbus and the suburbs. One of the few things acting as traffic calming on High and other streets is the lack of synchronization between lights. And how else can we discourage the use of single-passenger cars and encourage the use of public transportation and other alternative sources of transportation if we keep making it easier to drive? The answer is that we can't.
The city needs to abandon this effort. Period.
People, not speed.