BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) today announced the relaunch of two improved live traffic websites to provide motorists with better access to real-time traffic information, including access to more than 350 live streaming traffic cameras across the Commonwealth.
The enhancements are part of MassDOT’s effort to provide drivers with information to make informed traveling choices before they depart on a trip.
As part of the effort, Mass511.com has been upgraded through a renewed contract with MassDOT’s 511 provider, IBI Group. The new website features expanded live traffic data coverage on a map that integrates more than 350 live traffic cameras. The map also displays real-time traffic incident and construction information. The company has made significant enhancements to the Interactive Voice Response system (IVR) that will give 511 callers current roadway conditions on various routes.
The new Mass511 service will allow users to:
• Manage and update a personalized profile with custom routes and alerts
• Sign up for free e-mails and texts alerting users about incidents or construction on their personalized routes
• Register a personal phone number so that users can receive customized travel info when you dial 511
• Allow users to view traffic cameras on preferred routes each time they log on to the website.
MassDOT also has upgraded its traveler information website (https://www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/TrafficTravelResources/TrafficInformationMap.aspx) to include a more user-friendly interface which allows users to toggle on and off different features including: real-time incident information, planned construction events, live traffic cameras, and real time traffic information from MassDOT’s Go-Time system. As more Go-Time displays are launched across the Commonwealth, this information will appear on the new website.
Through the website, users now have access to more than 350 live traffic cameras at a refresh rate of 1 frame every 2-4 seconds. The new system more than triples the amount of cameras the public can access and also significantly improves video quality.
“These two initiatives demonstrate MassDOT’s commitment to constantly improving the quality of information it provides to drivers about roadway conditions and congestion so drivers can make informed decisions about the best routes to use to get to their destination,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin.