Connecticut unveils new real-time travel information website


The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has unveiled its new, real-time travel information website, ‘CT Travel Smart’, which has been designed to be accessed via computer, smartphone, tablet or other connected devices.

The CT Travel Smart traveler information system incorporates data collected from CTDOT’s robust statewide intelligent transportation system (ITS) network and Highway Operations Center, and consolidates real-time travel information into a customizable, personalized user experience, providing dynamic functionality, such as trip planning and subscription services. Distributing reliable real-time travel information to the general public is a vital part of the department’s approach to advanced traffic management and roadway incident mitigation, all of which helps reduce travel times and congestion across the state.

CT Travel Smart is not only a real-time travel information tool, but also a travel resource, with information pertaining to the state’s transportation related amenities. Features include:

• An interactive traveler information map, with selectable layers to display real-time travel information;

• List screens to provide information on incidents, travel times, and camera feeds in a list format;

• Driving and transit trip planning features, allowing users to get accurate real-time travel times for specific trips;

• Personalization features to allow users to personalize the application to show cameras and routes that are most relevant to them;

• Services that allow registered users to receive personalized alerts via SMS text or email regarding travel conditions on personalized routes, called ‘My Routes’. Users can select how, when, and for what routes, they wish to receive alerts on.

Future phases of CT Travel Smart upgrade and deployment will include options for multi-modal functionality. A bus transit feature is now under development for exchanging both static and real-time public transit information, including information about stops, routes, schedule, service alerts, and other details.

“Empowering the motoring public with accurate, verified, up-to-the-minute information regarding traffic information and road conditions has never been more important than it is today, with so much relying on our state’s roadway system,” explained CTDOT commissioner James Redeker.

“Reducing congestion and getting people, goods and services to their destinations on time is a paramount priority for CTDOT. Informed travelers can avoid congestion, and that is the foundation of why we have created CT Travel Smart – because we want you to travel smart Connecticut! I encourage everyone to visit the CT Travel Smart website to view the latest in smart travel technology. Real-time travel information, custom suited to each individual’s needs, is what we are offering. Daily commuters in particular can truly benefit from the functionality of CT Travel Smart [].”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).