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ATLANTA (WAOK)- Mayor Kasim Reed is promising commuters a quicker ride home once city traffic lights are synchronized.

Atlanta residents have been complaining for years that they wait for lights to change for over five minutes in some cases.  Cities that have become independent of Atlanta, like Sandy Springs have already synchronized their lights based on commuters needs.  Mayor Reed adds that synchronizing traffic lights helps the environment.

Atlanta has 1,250 traffic lights. Only 300 of those lights are currently synchronized. The cost to synchronize the lights is estimated at twenty-million dollars.

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