Nanny Bloomberg Taking Away Our Right to Travel Highly Inefficiently Through Midtown

Midtown traffic jams will survive only in our memories. Photo: Mario Tama/2009 Getty Images

Although the data won't blow you away, the city's experiment with using high-tech algorithms to adjust stop lights in midtown to correspond with real-time traffic patterns has reportedly made an impact

Since the program was implemented in July 2011, average travel speed climbed in the zone from 6.5 mph to 7.2 mph between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., a 10.2 percent improvement.

On Madison Avenue, the average travel speed jumped from 6.9 mph to 7.9 mph, a 14.5 percent improvement.

The program has been deemed such a success that it's set to expand:

The zone — outfitted with microwave sensors, dozens of traffic video cameras and E-ZPass readers to monitor movement — will expand from First to Ninth avenues, bordered by 42nd and 57th streets. Previously, it included Second to Sixth avenues.

Oh, sure, first it's Second and Sixth, then First and Ninth, and pretty soon, we won't be able to drive at a snail's pace anywhere in the city. Bloomberg, you tyrant!