Chattanooga officials and researchers at ORNL spent the day Friday discussing a new partnership to study traffic system improvements.

Chattanooga is using federal grant money to build a new traffic system that will work with its unique broadband internet structure to improve traffic flow. It includes a signal coordination system that will use real time traffic data and algorithms to adjust traffic lights moment by moment, instead of fixed times.

ORNL plans to connect to the system via high speed Internet and use the data for research.

"What we can do from here is we can use the data and information they share in real time to do some scientific studies, such as modeling the driver behavior and the system reaction time, and it can shape tomorrow's traffic operations," said James Li with ORNL research and development.

The goal of the traffic improvements is to reduce traffic congestion and pollution.