What's the deal with traffic signals in Chicago?
My apologies if this seems like more of a complaint than a question:
As a city dweller that works in the burbs, I feel like there is a distinct line I cross twice a day: on one side of that line is a well-planned, logically laid out system featuring sensors that trigger left-turn arrows and synchronized signals that maximize traffic flow. On the other side of this line is a system that seems more random than anything else: lights are rarely synchronized, and some even seem like they are designed to stop drivers at every consecutive signal; traffic is held up while a green arrow lights without any cars lined up to turn; red light cameras quick to snap an incriminating photo while a driver is forced to race through a quick yellow light or slam on the brakes.
Who, if anyone, is responsible for streamlining traffic flow in Chicago? I know the burbs have more money, have fewer intersections and have newer infrastructure, but why can't the city catch up to them if they have to re-pave the streets every few years anyway? Any my #1 question, why are Chicago yellow lights significantly shorter than suburban yellows?