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Continuing his fascination with transportation technology, Gov. Larry Hogan announced new funding on Wednesday for software-controlled traffic lights.

The Smart Traffic Signals are designed to adjust red light timing based on the number of cars on the road, rather than pre-programmed timing. The software can monitor traffic conditions and adjust. It can also sync up an entire corridor to keep the flow of cars going, according to a release from the state.

“By replacing 20-year-old existing controls with Smart Traffic Signals, we will have the ability to respond to changes in traffic flow, as well as traffic conditions immediately – benefiting nearly 700,000 Maryland citizens across the state,” Hogan said in a statement.

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...