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Published May 09, 2012, 07:59 PM

A new transportation system makes avoiding traffic easier

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Drivers deal with daily headaches, trying to get downtown during rush-hour. And taking other routes can be frustrating too, especially if an event or crash causes extra traffic.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Drivers deal with daily headaches, trying to get downtown during rush-hour. And taking other routes can be frustrating too, especially if an event or crash causes extra traffic.

Just this one sound can instantly increase the blood pressure of drivers in a hurry.

Linda: " I am supposed to be some place in like 4 minutes and I don't know how long this train is."

Stephanie: "it's always coming through, and it's a real hassle to wait for them."

Metro COG's Wade Kline is finding an easier way for drivers to get to their destination.

Kline: " we are trying to make a transportation system just that. One metropolitan system to get people where they need to go."

A smaller version of signs like these will soon be sprinkled around major Fargo-Moorhead streets... installed on stoplights.

Kline: "to try to give people information so they can make some decisions ahead of time."

Kline says these low-cost signs could stop you from getting stuck behind a train... By telling you when a train is coming, and what other route you should take.

Linda: " Be a good idea, because it looks like the train is pretty long."

Stephanie: " it would be great. We would've gone on second street, under the over-pass you know to cut some time."

There's much more to these signs than stopping traffic at the tracks. They'd be placed by the Fargodome, and on the interstate.

Kline: "tell them, are the roads bad, is traffic backed up at 12th Avenue going to the Fargodome so take 19th."

Kline says on some Fargo-Moorhead streets, expansion is impossible. So advance planning is crucial to avoid traffic build-ups like the big cities.

Signs will slowly be installed as new stop-lights are put up, sometime in the next five years.

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