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traffic-go-time-signs-travel-time-free-mobile-appMassDOT today announced that a total of 146 “GoTime” signs, which provide real-time traffic travel times, are now activated on highways throughout the Commonwealth and that a new mobile app with GoTime data is now available which will allow drivers to see real-time travel information before they leave their home or workplace.

The app is now available for download on Apple and Android Smartphones by searching “MassDOT GoTime.”

“We are taking steps to help drivers make informed decisions about their travel before they get on the roads,  said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “Armed with information about how long travel times are, drivers can make decisions before getting on the road about whether they should drive, take transit, or whether they should travel at an off peak hour if possible. As I have said, we aren’t going to build our way out of congestion, but we can ‘smart’ our way out by giving drivers tools for them to make informed decisions.”

“GoTime is one of the most innovative technology projects for DOTs in the country,” said Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin.Our roadside travel time signs have been very well received and now we have an app that can get drivers the information on the signs before they set off to school, to jobs, and to other destinations. MassDOT is giving the traveling public information which will make their trips more hassle-free and the ‘GoTime’ signs are going to be a regular part of trip planning for many commuters and visitors to our state.”

The GoTime project is now providing drivers with up to the minute travel times on over 700 miles of state highway on 146 signs to over 300 destinations.  This technology will allow traveler to view estimates of how long their commute will be, and promotes reduced congestion and improved air quality by giving drivers a tool to make informed travel decisions. It also allows MassDOT personnel to better measure the impact of projects on travel times (for example, data was used to measure impacts of the Toll Demolition and Roadway Reconstruction Project on Interstate 90.)

The GoTime mobile app, now available on the Apple and Android app stores for free, connects to the data in the roadside system by making the sign displays available to drivers before they leave their home or workplace.  Customers can select and favorite signs, and pull up the sign information before they get on the road. MassDOT will be making improvements and modifications to this version 1.0 app release, and app users can submit their feedback and suggestions to info@massdotgotime.com. The app is not meant to compete with Waze or Google, but to provide drivers with access to the roadside sign data before they are on the road.

The first GoTime signs were installed in May of 2012 on 43 miles of Interstate 93 between New Hampshire and Canton, Massachusetts. Based on the positive public response and the lessons learned from the pilot program, the decision was made to expand this system to more locations throughout the state.

The travel time system was then expanded throughout 2016 on a corridor by corridor basis, and was completed this past December. The signs are now located along many of the major highways including: Interstate 90, Interstate 91, Interstate 84, Interstate 190, Interstate 195, Interstate 290, Interstate 291, Interstate 395, Interstate 93, Interstate 95, Interstate 495, Route 1, Route 3, Route 128, Route 140, Route 24, Route 6, Route 1A, Route 2, Route 25, Route 28.

The mobile app functions by displaying real-time information on drive times between various points and major interchanges throughout the state. It also allows users to pull up their favorite sign displays and view the travel times on their phone before getting on the road.

The GoTime mobile app can be downloaded onto Apple devices and downloaded onto Android devices.

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