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4 Reasons to Remove Traffic Lights in the Era of Peak Driving

In many cases, there are benefits to replacing signals with stop signs—starting with saving taxpayers a lot of cash.
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Americans are driving less than they have in the past, so it's a natural time to consider different approaches to car-related infrastructure. That means maintaining existing roads rather than building new ones that will someday need repairs themselves—a fix-it-first approach. And it might mean reevaluating another part of the street system introduced when driving was on the rise: traffic lights.

Now, obviously we need traffic lights on lots of city streets, but whether or not we need as many as we've installed is another question.