Popular Driving Routes (web) FAQs.
Q. What is the “Popular Driving Routes” widget?
511NJ continues to expand and customize data in an effort to provide real time travel information to the motoring public. Web visitors can now get real time travel times along major highways that include the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, Atlantic City Expressway, I-80, I-78, I-287, I-295 as well as the I-76/NJ42 freeway.
The highways are broken down into segments that coincide with commuting patterns as well as main intersections.
Information is provided by direction, distance between intersections, as well as the travel time for each link.
Q. How does it work?
In the Popular Driving Routes widget, simply click the “down arrow” in the upper right hand corner of the widget. Then, choose the highway and direction you will be traveling. The list will re-populate with real time travel times and mileage distances for the chosen highway and direction between major intersections along that highway.
Q. How often is the data refreshed?
The data is updated every 1-2 minutes.
Q. How are the travel times calculated?
511NJ has leveraged its investment in real-time travel time data collection to develop a mathematical equation that calculates the time it takes to travel a specific distance between two locations.
Q. Why do you provide travel times to select intersections only?
The “Popular Driving Routes” widget on the web, is the first step in the development of a more robust set of real time travel times.
We will also be providing the same information on the 511NJ phone system by the end of the year.
Visit us often as we will be adding and changing content frequently.
“Mega Projects” Widget
511NJ also consolidated all the “Mega Projects” into one widget. We have also added the construction projects on I-287, I-78 and NJ 36 Highlands Bridge Rehabilitation project.
By clicking the down arrow next to the project name, web visitors can toggle between projects for a quick glance at the travel times through the construction projects.
If they would like to see more information about the project or to view the interactive map, simply click on the “View map and Incidents” link and a map of the overall project will appear.
The project limits will appear in the shaded block area of the map.
The left column will show a more granular list of travel times through the project. In addition, there will be a list of any incidents, accidents, congestion or construction going on in and around the work zone.
All information displayed in this widget and map is real time and updated every one to 2 minutes.
Q. Why does the Popular Travel Routes widget show the travel time as “Unavailable”?
Numerous data sources are used to produce travel times. When there is insufficient data, or, a data feed is interrupted, the system will display a message of “Unavailable.”
In addition, between the hours of approximately 10 pm and 5 am, often there is not enough real time data to create an accurate travel time. Therefore, when this occurs, the “Unavailable” travel time will be posted.