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Ask The Mayor

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.

January 6, 2014
The Maui News

Q: Why doesn't Maui have synchronized traffic lights? I have traveled off-island to the Mainland many times and have noticed synchronized traffic lights on main roads. Kaahumanu Avenue is a perfect example. We all know it's virtually impossible to drive from Maui Mall into Wailuku with all green lights. There might be a reason as to why traffic lights are not synchronized. I feel that if traffic was pushed down the main road smoothly, the side streets can catch up. Also, lights can be synchronized so that drivers speeding ahead will hit a red light. I also think there are a few traffic lights Upcountry that are dangerous because sudden red lights cause drivers to slam on their brakes while traveling down very steep hills. Let's face it: There are large vehicles and cars with bad brakes that may not be able to stop in time, thereby causing an accident.

 
 
 

 

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