A Tool for the Traffic-Averse
For all you road-weary commuters, I just heard about a handy service launching in the Washington region.
Using an application you download to your cellphone, you can get live video streams and photos of the traffic on the roads you travel most. It's a partnership between NBC and 3rd Dimension Inc., called NBC Washington Traffic Cam.
The service lets commuters get updates on the road conditions by checking in with a network of more than 450 roadside cameras in the District, Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland. It's advertising supported, so it's free for you.
The cameras are operated by the Maryland State Highway Administration, the Virginia Department of Transportation, Montgomery County Department of Transportation, City of Fairfax Department of Public Works and the D.C. Department of Transportation in association with TrafficLand, Inc.
You can store favorite routes and avoid gridlock areas before you embark on your quest on the clogged roads. Download the application here.
The service has already launched in New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Detroit. It's also available in Knoxville and Kansas City, although it's curious to me that it was introduced in those markets before launching in a notoriously traffic-ridden region like Washington.
With gas prices being what they are, it might be wise to plot a clearer path to work in the morning, rather than wasting gas idling in stop-and-go traffic.
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