Traffic Light Confidential
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Traffic Light Confidential

2004_11_16traffic.gifLet it be heretoforth known that Torontoist isn’t afraid to pose the Big Questions. Could God create a peameal sandwich so big that even he couldn’t eat it? If one day, everything around us doubled in size, including that peameal sandwich, would we know? And does pushing the crosswalk button actually do anything? We’ll save the jumbo peameal sandwich for another day, ‘cause we’ve actually got an answer to the crosswalk question. And it is: Yes and No.
According to the most informative newspaper article we’ve read in quite a while, a little robot checks to see if anyone has pushed the button once every 60 seconds. (He also checks to see if any cars are parked in front of the red light.) If you push at the 59 second mark, you’ll see impressively quick results. If you push at the 2 second mark, you may think the whole thing’s a sham. To which we can only say: wow.

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