TBTA Introduces EZTravel App
Want to know how traffic is moving at MTA crossings or how long it will take to reach a connecting highway? The information is just a tap away with Bridges and Tunnels’ new, MTA EZTravel app, now available for free download at the Apple store. The agency’s popular Travel Time website tool, which shows motorists how traffic is moving at the agency’s seven bridges and two tunnels, was developed into a free app for iPhones and can be downloaded at the MTA website.
The MTA EZTravel app joins The Weekender app, also offered for free download at the Apple app store and on the MTA website.
Android versions of both MTA apps are in development.
With just a tap, iPhone users will be able to see real-time travel information for any of the agency’s crossings.
The app can also be used on iPads in portrait mode.
This information is meant to help drivers “know before they go” and should never be used while driving.
“Like MTA e-mail and text alerts, this is another way for us to give information to our customers in real time but we urge drivers to use it before they get behind the wheel,” said Bridges and Tunnels President Jim Ferrara.
The free app, which is the first developed by MTA Bridges and Tunnels, was launched on May 30.
Travel times are gathered using data collected from E-ZPass transponders.
All data is scrambled and encrypted so the account remains anonymous and the information is only used to estimate travel time. The data is updated every 5 minutes.
Key features include:
Travel time by facility: Click on a facility to get travel time.
Further Destinations: Click on a facility to get further destinations travel time to and from that facility to nearby popular destinations such as another bridge or airport.
Google maps: Select a facility and choose ‘More.’ A menu listing available popular destinations will appear.
You can select from multiple suggested routes and click driving directions to see a detailed map area.
“We plan to keep adding popular destinations so we can give motorists the most useful, real time information possible,” said MTA Bridges and Tunnels Chief Technology Officer Tariq Habib.
In addition to the MTA website and the new MTA EZTravel app, Travel Time information can also be accessed through mobile websites on BlackBerry and iPhones.
Travel time information is intended to be accessed by motorists before leaving home or by passengers using smart phones.
It is against the law in New York to use a cell phone while driving.