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A Real-Time Freeway Traveler Information System: Expansion, Implementation, and Evaluation

Description: This report documents the third phase of efforts to develop Traffic Reporter, an advanced traveler information system for the Puget Sound Region. Traffic Reporter is a PC-based, graphical, interactive program that displays real-time traveler information.

The goal of this project was to help commuters make more efficient use of Puget Sound-area freeways by providing them with accurate information about traffic conditions. On-road surveys of Puget Sound commuters and other data provided the basis for the first Traffic Reporter design and prototype. Useability tests guided the development of a second prototype. In Phase 3, we conducted additional useability tests and developed a third version. This report describes in detail the features of the second prototype, the results of the useability tests, and the program enhancements implemented in Phase 3. We also tested two methods of delivery: TV and radio traffic reporters and a touch-screen kiosk version.

  • Date Published: May, 1996
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 385.1
  • Last Modified: November 11, 2007
  • Authors: Mark Haselkorn, Jan Spyridakis, Daniel J. Dailey, Connie Miller, Brian Goble, Margaret Garner.
  • Originator: Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)
  • # of Pages: 96 p., 5441 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: Advanced traveler information systems, Driver information systems, Intelligent transportation systems, Interactive computer systems, Prototypes, Radio, Real time control, Television.
  • Keywords: Intelligent transportation systems (ITS), advanced real-time traveler information, traffic maps, congestion maps, traffic graphics.
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