Governor Corzine introduces
traffic management technology
Statewide Traffic Management Center, real time Web site,
511 phone system and personalized alerts to aid drivers
(Woodbridge)--Governor Jon S. Corzine today visited the new Statewide Traffic Management Center in Woodbridge and introduced state-of-the-art traffic management tools including the real time traffic Web site, 511 telephone system and Personalized Traveler Alerts. These services will minimize the impact of traffic incidents and help motorists to save fuel and navigate New Jersey’s roadways.
“The Statewide Traffic Management Center optimizes technology in order to improve government efficiency, reduce traffic congestion, and help motorists to save time and fuel,” said Governor Corzine. “As Memorial Day weekend and the summer travel season approach, I encourage motorists to take advantage of the NJDOT’s new travel tools. The 511 telephone system, 511nj.org Web site and Personalized Traveler System can enable motorists to avoid congestion and plan efficient routes.”
The new, state-of-the-art Statewide Traffic Management Center will enable the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the New Jersey State Police to improve their management of and response to accidents, adverse weather, special events and congestion. The 26,000 square foot facility operates 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Up to 40 staff from all three agencies view video images from 420 traffic surveillance cameras on an 18 by 50 foot video wall. In addition, staff can remotely access variable message signs, traffic signals, highway advisory radio systems, travel time systems and weather information systems.
“This new facility will help NJDOT and the Turnpike Authority to create a seamless statewide transportation network by integrating agency functions and sharing services,” said Transportation Commissioner and New Jersey Turnpike Authority Chairman Kris Kolluri. “The State of New Jersey is using technology to relieve congestion and helping motorists to save fuel by avoiding traffic jams.”
Governor Corzine announced several new services that use technology to provide information to motorists and improve traffic management. NJDOT today launched its new real time traffic Web site, 511nj.org, which offers interactive maps and displays traffic incidents. The Google Maps-based Web site offers motorists real time traffic conditions on State highways, interstate highways, the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike. The Web site highlights incidents, construction, weather and special events. 511nj.org also includes an interactive traffic camera page.
In addition, Governor Corzine encouraged motorists to dial 511 for voice-activated telephone information regarding traffic, weather and construction. Users can request updated information on highways and geographic areas.
Governor Corzine also announced the upcoming launch of NJDOT's Personalized Traveler Service, which will send real time road condition updates and alerts to motorists' cell phones, email accounts and personal digital assistants. This free service will allow motorists to sign up to receive travel alerts about traffic incidents and construction that may affect their daily commutes. Subscribers will receive information pertaining to state and interstate highways, the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike. This service will be available in summer 2008.
For additional information on the State of New Jersey’s traffic management services, please visit www.511nj.org or www.njcommuter.com.