The Boston Transportation Department is currently piloting LED-illuminated street signs in Downtown Crossing. Standard street signs are made from retro-reflective material and rely on vehicle headlights for illumination at night. These new signs are intended to improve visibility, especially for pedestrians.
New York and other cities have used illuminated signs in high-traffic areas and to designate special districts.
Boston has selected three vendors to develop prototypes, and will select one for the pilot installation at ten intersections in downtown. If things go well, they will look to expand in the coming years.
What do you think? Have you seen any of the pilot installations? Do you like them? What areas of the city make the most sense for installing more?