Canberrans now have access to a new mobile phone app called ACT Traffic that provides audio alerts and other information about congestion on the road network in real time.

Canberrans now have access to a new mobile phone app called ACT Traffic that provides audio alerts and other information about congestion on the road network in real time.

“Real time updates are now available to Canberra motorists through the new ACT Traffic app which will save motorists travel time by helping them navigate a faster route to their destination,” said Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris.

“A similar system was introduced on the Adelaide road network in 2015 and has helped to make journey decisions easier.

“The smartphone app relies on a series of Bluetooth enabled detectors located across the arterial road network to establish the travel time along sections of road. It compares this to historical data for the same time of day and day of the week to identify areas where congestion is worse or if traffic is flowing better than usual.”

When approaching an area with unusual congestion an audio alert is sent to your mobile phone advising of the location of the delay and expected duration.

“By providing an audio alert the app allows drivers to make informed decisions regarding route selection to potentially avoid the congested area. The use of an audio alert ensures that the application is not a distraction to drivers making it safe to run in the background while driving.”

The app is available on Apple phones running iOS 8.0 or later and on Android phones Android 4.3 or later. Visit the TCCS website at www.tccs.act.gov.au to download the app.

“This system will help balance traffic loads across the road network by giving you information in advance about hazards or delays ahead so you can avoid them by finding an alternative route,” Minister Fitzharris said.

“Our new travel time information system, coupled with a modern public transport network that includes buses and light rail, will help tackle congestion, take cars off the road and make it easier to move around our beautiful city.”

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