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TxDOT uses new Bluetooth and WiFi system at Port Aransas ferry

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is deploying Bluetooth and WiFi technology to reduce congestion at the Port Aransas ferry crossing near Corpus Christi, in advance of the busy Spring Break period. Using signals emitted by Bluetooth- and WiFi-enabled devices, ferry wait times will be calculated and posted on variable message signs (VMS) for drivers traveling to Mustang Island and Port Aransas. As Bluetooth- and WiFi-enabled devices pass roadside sensors, information is sent to a computer that calculates wait times. Those times are then displayed on electronic message boards placed at key decision-making points, allowing drivers to decide if they would rather take an alternate route to the island through the city of Corpus Christi, via the JFK Causeway. Ferry wait times will also be automatically posted to the agency’s Twitter feed, in order to make the information available to the 2.2 million people that use the Port Aransas ferry each year. TxDOT also has plans to bring the new technology to the Bolivar ferry crossing near Galveston.

TxDOT is already using similar technology along the I-35 corridor in Waco, where wait times resulting from construction zones are calculated and posted. The technology is also being tested for drivers at the international border crossing in El Paso, where wait times for commercial vehicles are already being calculated and made available to truckers. “We’re proud to be a leader in transportation technology, especially when it helps relieve congestion at key points on Texas roadways,” said commissioner Jeff Moseley, of the Texas Transportation Commission. “Giving drivers accurate information on wait times allows them to make more informed decisions about continuing on their current path, or taking an optional route during peak travel times.”

 

March 10, 2014

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