You are going to read an article about the traffic lights in New York. Some words are missing from the text. Your task is to choose the most appropriate word from the list for each gap (1-11) in the text. Write the appropriate word in the text.

Gap-fill exercise

Fill in all the gaps, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints!
   as      bothered      connected      even      pedestrians      pointless      revealed      running      suggests      unbelievable      were   
I have hardly ever pushed the button. Maybe a few times over 20 years, when I was really (1) late and the traffic light seemed stuck on red. But (2) then, I knew in my heart that pushing the button was (3) . The button I speak of can be found at thousands of busy intersections here in New York City. Since the 1970s, the buttons have offered (4) a chance to exert some control over the universe. “To cross street,” a sign (5) , “push button. Wait for walk signal.” Just push, the sign promises, and the light will turn green, and the (6) will happen, the taxis and buses and trucks will stop. But in a stunning piece of investigative reporting, The New York Times (7) this week what we always suspected: More than 2,500 of the 3,250 buttons aren’t (8) to anything. Sometime in the late 1980s, the buttons (9) deactivated in favor of new, computer-controlled traffic signals. For 15 years, no one in the city government ever (10) to mention this. But some of us knew all along. Sometimes I wanted to tell people that, (11) I stood on the corner and watched them push the button once, look up at the light, and hit it again. And again. Such touching faith.