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New Web site helps Alberta drivers plan routes

EDMONTON, Alta. -- A new Web site has been launched to help Alberta drivers better plan their travel routes.


EDMONTON, Alta. — A new Web site has been launched to help Alberta drivers better plan their travel routes.

The Web site provides information about road closures, delays, accidents, construction zones and real-time information about road conditions. The idea is to allow drivers to avoid tie-ups while reducing congestion and improving access for emergency responders and construction crews.

The Web site covers Hwy. 2 between Calgary and Edmonton and major roads within each major city. The type of information available depends on the jurisdiction.

Transport Canada, Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation and the cities of Calgary and Edmonton are among the partners involved in launching the Web site. The Alberta Motor Association is also involved. The Web site uses Condition Acquisition and Reporting System (CARS) technology to relay valuable information to drivers. It’s the first time CARS technology has been used outside the U.S.

At this time, the Web site is a pilot project which will run until September, 2005. During this time, the partners involved will explore CARS’s capabilities and viability for future applications. It’s possible the project could be expanded.

To view the Web site, visit www.travelinfotest.ab.ca. There’s an online survey where drivers can provide feedback.


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