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AAA online map not being offered in Atlantic Canada (November 01, 2002)

ST. STEPHEN, N.B. - The Canadian Automobile Association in Atlantic Canada has told the American Automobile Association that it will not bring the AAA's online Triptik map service to Atlantic Canada m...


ST. STEPHEN, N.B. – The Canadian Automobile Association in Atlantic Canada has told the American Automobile Association that it will not bring the AAA’s online Triptik map service to Atlantic Canada members until the shortcomings are rectified.

As its first choice, the online road map sends Bangor-to-Saint John travellers through Houlton, Me., and Woodstock, N.B.

It will direct them through Calais, Me., and St. Stephen, N.B., and cut nearly 160km and one hour from their travel, only if travellers ask for this route.

Gary Howard, the CAA’s marketing director for Atlantic Canada, has been assured by Jan Coyne, the AAA’s director of geographic information systems, that she is taking this issue seriously.

The AAA’s map-drawing Web page is programmed to look for the course that makes the most use of Interstate and Trans-Canada highways, Howard says.

But this isn’t necessarily the best choice for Saint Johners or truckers travelling through the region.

CAA Atlantic and the New England AAA chapters both recommend the Calais route to club members who come to their office to pick up a printed Triptik, he said.

Howard says ideally, when a member wants to travel from New England to Saint John, a message should pop up on the site asking the user to choose between the Interstate route through Houlton or the faster pathway running through Calais and St. Stephen.


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