Monterey Wins 2023 Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards - Safety or Intelligent Transportation System Projects
The League of California Cities news release announcing the winners reads, in part: The city of Monterey is a booming tourist destination, receiving approximately 4.6 million visitors a year. As a result, the city sees unpredictable traffic demands, leading to citizen complaints, frustrated commuters and visitors, and degraded safety.
The city leveraged Adaptive Traffic Control Systems, the latest technology for improving traffic flow by better synchronizing and controlling traffic signals, to progress traffic through a corridor with few or no stops, resulting in less fuel consumed and fewer emissions, and improves travel time, quality of life, and safety.
As of January 2023, the city has completed implementation at 41 signalized intersections, with significant reductions to average travel time (-16%), delays (-30%), stops (-40%), and an increase of average speed (27%). Because the system eliminates idling due to fewer stops and the resulting acceleration, vehicles burn less fuel and expel fewer pollutants and particulate matter. When completed, the system will result in a yearly reduction of 20 tons of criteria pollutants (NOx, ROG, and PM).
Congratulations City of Monterey Public Works!