City of Edmonton commits to start using smart traffic signals next year

Transportation staff with the City of Edmonton have committed to begin shifting traffic signals to new smart technology.

Members of city council’s urban planning committee were told on Tuesday that this September, council will get a report that spells out a set of test corridors.

As well, when the next four-year budget is adopted this fall, plans will be to begin shifting over to new signal lights for those times when the old ones are replaced.

“That’s now going to be the standard, which is that they will build that,” said an encouraged Councillor Andrew Knack who has been pitching this technology. “So the next four-year budget, if they were going to spend X amount of dollars for replacement of traffic signals, it’ll now be X amount plus the incremental cost to make sure they’re fully smart, AI- (artificial intelligence) enabled traffic signals.”

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