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Under the Hat: Seeing Red

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A lot of the stories we cover aren't fun. Some days you're slogging through municipal budgets. Others require that we cover a tragedy in the community.

But then there are those rare times when you hit upon a subject in which everyone can relate, a time when on the way home it dawns on you: Hey, I actually had fun at work today!

One of those moments came this week with a story we initially called "Seeing Red."

It would later change for promotional purposes into "Driving You Crazy in Erie."

It was a look at the grid of Erie's 202 traffic lights, and asked the question if that was too many given a town this size.

What we found is that Erie is still a town that you can get through in 20 minutes and for tourists from places like Cleveland or Pittsburgh or Toronto, Erie traffic is a lake breeze.

But we also found forty lights from Interstate 90 to the waterfront, and places like State Street where old mechanical lights work independently of modern computerized intersections.

We concluded that maybe there aren't too many lights, just too few up to modern standards.

The response was immediate; dozens of people went to our website and Facebook page to tell us their tales of traffic woe.

It even kicked off some debate, over whether 38th and Cherry is a bigger wait than 12th and East Avenue or if (as the Traffic Engineer suggests) that State Street at the Bayfront Highway is the worst in the City during the afternoon drive.

Did we solve a major issue? No, instead we took a moment to commiserate as a group over the common irritations of getting from here to there.

And we may have also proved that a 30 minute trip in a town used to 20 minutes, can be just as frustrating as a longer wait in a bigger city.


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