Traffic Reporter: A Real-Time Commuter Information System

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by Mark Haselkorn, Univ of Washington, Seattle, United States,
Woodrow Barfield, Univ of Washington, Seattle, United States,
Jan Spyridakis, Univ of Washington, Seattle, United States,
Brian Goble, Univ of Washington, Seattle, United States,
Margaret Garner, Univ of Washington, Seattle, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Applications of Advanced Technologies in Transportation Engineering

Abstract: Traffic Reporter is a PC-based graphical, interactive, traveler information system being developed to meet the informational needs of Seattle-area commuters. The goal of Traffic Reporter is to influence commuter behavior and decision making by delivering up-to-the-minute, useful traffic information. Traffic Reporter's design and development are based on a thorough study and analysis of the behavior and traffic needs of Seattle-area commuters. Traffic Reporter receives traffic data from freeway detectors and converts these data to information that can be explored both for general freeway conditions and specific trip information. The information can then be delivered to (1) commuters, (2) traffic reporters, and (3) traffic managers, planners, and engineers. This paper describes the current version of Traffic Reporter and focuses on how it provides graphically-based commuting information to motorists. It also briefly describes the design and development of Traffic Reporter to date, evaluation of it in its current state, and plans for its expansion and enhancement.

Subject Headings: Traffic management | Commute | Information systems | Information management | Traffic analysis | Graphic methods | Highways and roads | Human factors |

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