WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FIRST TRAFFIC LIGHT
Profile America — Thursday, August 4th. In this first week of August 102 years ago, American motorists got the green light to safely proceed through increasingly traveled crossroads. A traffic light system, credited with being the first in the U.S., flashed red and green at the intersection of 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. To further prompt drivers, the words "Stop" and "Move" were emblazoned on the operating red and green lights. At the time, there were about 1.8 million motor vehicles in the U.S., six times more than just five years earlier. Now, there are over 260 million motor vehicles crowding our roads. Traffic lights control the flow of this congestion, leaving Americans with an average one-way commute of nearly 26 minutes. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at www.census.gov.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 4224
First traffic light/accessed 5/25/2016: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-electric-traffic-signal-installed
Early vehicle count: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 716
Current motor vehicles/accessed 5/25/2016: http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/table_01_11_4.xlsx
Commuting time: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau