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Left Coast Highway Drags

I made a visit to the left coast Sun - Tue this week. I was in San Francisco, Stanford, Menlo Park. Beautiful area. Weather was great and the residential neighborhoods and even the retail areas / office parks were really nicely landscaped and maintained. I can see why people want to live there. I was traveling with our COO and we had a late dinner at Francis Ford Coppola's restaurant, cafe Niebaum-Coppola in Palo Alto. Again, downtown Palo Alto was very nice and the restaurant was great. Oh yeah, the weather felt like 70F vs the 30F we left behind in NY and things were green.

There was one thing I found odd about the land of fruits and nuts though. As we were headed to the SF airport on Tue, we took Rt 101 N. I noticed that most of the entrance ramps had traffic lights that rapidly cycled between red, yellow, and green. It reminded me of the christmas tree at a drag strip. I assume this is done to control the flow of merging traffic on highly congested roads. But, I've never seen anything like that on the east cost.

Can one of you left coasters explain your wacky traffic lights on highway on-ramps?

NY and Boston have a completely method.....floor it and avoid eye contact with oncoming traffic. Then flip them the one finger salute.

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Never seen yellow, only red and green. Those are metering lights for entrants to the freeway. With on ramps having more than one lane, each one will have it's own light on the outside of the lane for two lanes and overhead for more than two. This is to stagger their entrance onto the highway. They're normally on during commute hours, in essence, to allow easier entrance onto the highway. Naturally, some dimbulbs don't know that each lane has it's own light and will leave on the ajacent lane's green.

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Never seen yellow, only red and green. Those are metering lights for entrants to the freeway. With on ramps having more than one lane, each one will have it's own light on the outside of the lane for two lanes and overhead for more than two. This is to stagger their entrance onto the highway. They're normally on during commute hours, in essence, to allow easier entrance onto the highway. Naturally, some dimbulbs don't know that each lane has it's own light and will leave on the ajacent lane's green.

Thanks, I'm sure I'm guilty of faulty memory on the yellow light. Interesting. I wonder if any other states/cities use this?
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