Regional Traffic Signal Synchronization Program

Traffic Light Synchronization Improves Congestion in Orange County
As a driver, it can often be difficult to travel through multiple cities without stopping at numerous red lights. That is because traffic signal synchronization timing programs were limited to segments of roads within city limit boundaries or other physical barriers. OCTA is and has been working with local cities to synchronize traffic signals across city boundaries.

Traffic Light Synchronized During Peak Hours

Traffic signal synchronization allows a series of lights along a street to turn green based on synchronized timers set to current traffic patterns and congestion levels. Signal synchronization is a cost-effective way to reduce overall stops and travel delays.

With Orange County’s population estimated to increase 11 percent by 2030, OCTA, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the County of Orange and all 34 cities are working together to coordinate traffic lights across the county in an effort to ease growing traffic demands.

OCTA’s goal is to improve the flow of traffic in your community by developing and implementing traffic light coordination across city boundaries. These projects include optimizing signal timing to provide drivers better travel experience through reduced travel times, reduced stops, reduced delays, by making more green lights than reds. Most signal timing projects can result in a five to fifteen percent improvement in travel time and speed.

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