First look at new bus technology, traffic signal upgrades on Murfreesboro Pike

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One of the busiest corridors in the Metro Nashville area, Murfreesboro Pike, is soon going to see some relief thanks to new bus technology.

News 2 got a first look on Tuesday at the Murfreesboro Pike Transit Signal Priority (TSP) project, which stretches along Murfreesboro Pike from Charles Davis Blvd to Bell Rd, ending on Hickory Hollow Lane at the Southeast Community Center.

WeGo Public Transit crews were testing the upgrades in action.

The new technology spans 42 intersections and includes upgrades traffic signals and new fiber networking that allows traffic lights along Murfreesboro Pike to be coordinated more efficiently.

The upgrades allow buses to bypass traffic at four designated bus queue jumps, and to gain time back with extended green light capabilities.

Trey Walker, WeGo Public Transit Director of Engineering and Construction, said the technology kicks into gear when buses are around two minutes behind schedule.

An algorithm will be activated to allow buses to keep moving.

WeGo officials said the installation of fiber networking is near completion, which will allow traffic lights along the entire corridor to be coordinated more efficiently for all vehicular traffic.

The grand opening is set for late May early June.

Project Link: http://www.nashvillemta.org/Nashville-MTA-Transit-Signal-Guidelines.asp

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