"Real Time" Traffic Message Boards Debut
MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey this week unveiled new message boards offering real time traffic information along the Interstate 93 corridor from Canton to the New Hampshire border.
MassDOT Secretary Davey said, “Real time traffic data will better allow people to plan their commutes giving them greater control over their day. These initiatives are further examples of the Patrick-Murray Administration's commitment to improving the customer experience through innovation.”
The Real Time Traffic Management pilot includes I-93 Northbound and Southbound travel time information via 22 signs. The signs display travel times in segments between various interchanges. For example, drivers passing Pelham Street in Methuen see on average a 14 minute travel time to Route 128 in Woburn. As traffic slows, road sensors send updated travel times every minute to the message boards letting drivers know how long it will be until they reach their destination.
Drivers will also notice these boards on highways approaching I-93. On I-95 Northbound before Neponset Street drivers will see the time it takes to reach the Braintree Split. MassDOT is working to link this real time information for customers via 511 and also in the future make it accessible to third parties through its open data initiative.
This week, MassDOT also debuted online seven additional cameras for residents and visitors interested in road conditions on Cape Cod at mass.gov/massdot (cameras 224 to 230). The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority is now hosting two new cameras on its website: capecodtransit.org.
Six message boards are also being deployed to communicate road conditions. Plans to provide even further resources for Cape Cod travelers are in progress. Beyond I-93 and Route 6, MassDOT is next hoping to bring this statewide real time traffic initiative to Western Massachusetts along I-91.