Why can’t all signals be timed to avoid any stops?

Some stops are simply unavoidable with the street system. For example, not all signals are uniformly spaced. Different intersections have different traffic demands, so cycle lengths must vary. And we must keep traffic at or near the speed limit.

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1. How does this help drivers?
2. If the signals are coordinated, why do I still get stopped at red lights?
3. Is the traffic signal system timed?
4. Why doesn’t signal progression work as well on two-way streets?
5. Why can’t all signals be timed to avoid any stops?
6. Why do I have to stop? Why are signals so poorly synchronized?
7. Why do I have to wait so long after I stop at a specific signal?
8. Why isn’t there enough time to get the traffic through the signal?