Originally Posted by Innersoul1
I feel like there is a major issue with crossing 17th to Sirrocco Station. Due to the timing of the lights if you are attempting to cross 17th and a train comes it cancels the crossing signal. I have stood trying to cross 17th for up to 3 cycles of lights before being able to cross. Major pain in the ass.
I agree, there seems to be a few lights (sirocco being one and 11th street being the other) where the timing is off. I guess the challenge is that their would be no car flow if pedestrians are allowed to cross 17th with the crossing signal down other than sirroco turning W-E on 17th. But is still a major pain. I wonder how they would optimize it ?
I would be ok with a pedestrian only scramble, but I doubt that it would be justified given the car traffic in other directions.
11th street is even worse because it has 2 issues: a light and an arm. The light and arms operate independently : i.e. it is red when no arm is up probably to tie into the light-cycle network of the other intersections nearby. The other challenge is the arm drops way too soon (30 secs) and lifts way to late (15 secs past the train). It makes sense at level crossings away from the stations, but this one is with a train slowing down as it enters so they could reduce to 20 or 15 secs lead time i would think.
The red light when no trains are nearby is the biggest issue though. Often the other intersections (11th st and 9th, 11th street and 6th) will have no cars queuing but a whole swack-load of them at 7th for no reason to proceed other than the light itself as there is no chance of cross traffic.