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

NEW YORK - JULY 08:  Drivers wait in traffic during the afternoon commute July 8, 2009 in New York City. High gas prices and a struggling economy have helped to slightly ease rush hour commuting with the first two-year decline in nationwide traffic congestion since the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University began studying the issue in 1982. The average motorist spent 1.3 fewer hours in traffic in 2007 than in 2005, according to the institute.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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!