New Fiber Optic Technology to Speed Traffic and Cut Pollution

Hybrid electric transit buses and improvements in Raleigh, N.C. traffic signal system to make travel easier

Published: 29-Jan-2005

N class=story-body>RALEIGH -- A $28 million high-tech upgrade for Raleigh's traffic signal system, which won preliminary approval Wednesday, will add zip to the crosstown trip.

Drivers will notice the difference, transportation engineers say. They'll see more green lights. They'll waste less time at red lights. They'll get where they're going more quickly. They'll burn less gas.

And their cars won't spew so much pollution.

"This will do more for air quality than anything else we could possibly do," Joe Bryan of Knightdale, chairman of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, said Wednesday. The board approved $21 million in federal clean-air money for the traffic signal project, to be matched with $7 million in city capital improvement money.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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