2011-03-30 / Front Page

MTA Bridges And Tunnels Gives Motorists Real Travel Time Information

One of MTA Bridges and Tunnels new Real Travel Time information signs located at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.One of MTA Bridges and Tunnels new Real Travel Time information signs located at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.MTA Bridges and Tunnels will be installing new electronic travel time signs to provide motorists with an increased sense of accuracy concerning information regarding major regional destinations and connecting highways.
New electronic message signs will eventually be installed at all nine crossings, and are already in place at the Robert F. Kennedy, Verrazano-Narrows, Throgs Neck and Henry Hudson Bridges.
“Providing motorists with real travel time information not only allows drivers to make more informed driving choices, it also helps us improve traffic flow at our crossings,” Bridges and Tunnels Chief Technology Officer Tariq Habib said.
Messages may include information to area airports like JFK and LaGuardia and Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.
In the last Capital Program, Bridges and Tunnels installed or replaced 27 electronic message signs and plans to install or replace another 30 in the current 2010-2014 Capital Program.
In addition to the electronic signs, motorists can also go to the Bridges and Tunnels Webpage, www.mta.info and see traffic conditions at each crossing before they get in their cars. Using anonymous data collected from E-ZPass transponders, an online virtual application provides graphically animated views of current travel speeds and times. The information is based only on time from the toll plaza through or across the bridge or tunnel, and does not take into account traffic leading up to the toll plaza. This information can also be accessed through mobile Web sites on BlackBerrys and iPhones.

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