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Montreal firefighter traffic light pilot project expanding

The City of Montreal is expanding a project aimed at helping fire trucks navigate through traffic more safely.

New synchronized traffic lights help firefighters move through busy traffic

Montreal firefighters say they'd like to see a pilot project that helps clear traffic expanded. (File photo/Radio-Canada)

The City of Montreal is expanding a project aimed at helping fire trucks navigate through traffic more safely.

The project allows fire stations and fire trucks to transmit a signal to nearby traffic lights to keep traffic moving in the right direction, so trucks can more easily pass.

Right now, 15 fire stations are synched with nearby traffic lights.

A spokesman for the Montreal fire department says the project has been helpful for firefighters.

He said sometimes they're forced to pull into the oncoming lane to cross the intersection because drivers are gridlocked and can't pull over to the right side — and Sylvain Carrière says the traffic lights help them avoid driving into traffic.

"It prevents those manoeuvres and it allows a safer way to respond," said Carrière.

Carrière says he hopes someday the priority lights will be installed city-wide.

However, for now, the city is focusing on expanding the project to key arteries in the downtown core.

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