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Headed for the Philadelphia airport and worried about
traffic conditions? Call SmarTraveler, a phone service with
minute-by-minute updates on traffic tieups in South Jersey and
It’s one of a half-dozen exhibits scheduled for the Greater Mercer
Transportation Management Association’s "Road Show Technology
Expo" on Tuesday, October 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Doral
Forrestal. At noon there will be a luncheon and membership meeting
for which invitations are required, but anyone can come to browse
the expo. Call 609-452-1491 for reservations.
cards telling how to use SmarTraveler, which lets you telephone for
minute by minute updates on weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Event
and construction information is available 24 hours a day. The
is gathered from aircraft surveillance, from more than 35 closed
cameras, radio and cellular mobile units, and direct connections to
police, fire, and emergency services. When the "smart road"
installation is complete in Central New Jersey, SmarTraveler may also
be available here. The service is free, funded by Pennsylvania DOT.
To use SmarTraveler call 215-567-5678 (or #211 on a cellular phone,
which is free for ComCast and Sprint PCS customers). For traffic
around the Philadelphia International Airport, for instance, ask for
7451*. For information on I-95 north of the airport, ask for 952*.
Or consult the website: (
Also on display at the expo will be the smart road technology that
is supposed to ease traffic on Route 1, miniature machines that work
on alternative fuels, New Jersey Transit schedules and information
on the new Hamilton Train station, and WorkFirst NJ, an online
and job finding service.
department will demonstrate WNJPIN’s website.
The TMA has the "Incident Management" contract for Mercer
County, and it is mapping out the overall plan for the county’s
to traffic-stopping situations.
of the State Police, will demonstrate it.
The state’s outdated ridesharing matching system, Pool Match, is being
replaced by RidePro, to be demonstrated by
Intelitron. "PoolMatch was good for its time," says
Lockwood-Reck of TMA, "but it was on a Unix system, and you
had to work with print copies of match forms. Also you had to work
with zip codes, not map coordinates, because it couldn’t do
At the lunch Assemblyman
honoring GMTMA for its Freewheels program. Assemblyman
will get an award for work on the house transportation committee.
Awards will be presented for ozone action, advanced technology,
transportation coordination, and outreach.
September is RideShare Month in New Jersey. Sandra
executive director of the Greater Mercer Transportation Management
Association, reports that ridesharing is holding steady throughout
the county. And while the number of area office workers in carpools
and vanpools is about the same as last year, Brillhart says "we’re
seeing more corporate shuttles from the train station."
An alternative to building more roads is getting more people off them,
especially at peak hours. Those corporate shuttles are a step in the
right direction. Other positive developments this year include the
commodious bike racks now attached to the front of buses. Brillhart
says every bus route in the county now provides for bike transport.
The option appears popular. Few days go by without multiple sightings
of bikes going along for the bus ride.
Brillhart notes that NJ Transit last week announced a finding that
light rail is not a viable option for the Route 1 corridor. She is
hopeful, however, that some form of bus rapid transit will be
She says the arrangement could come in any number of configurations,
ranging from an overhead power arrangement like that found in trolley
systems to dedicated lanes.
"There would be a fixed guideway," Brillhart says. "And
buses would be given preference at intersections." People often
assume that taking a bus means sitting in the same traffic everyone
else does, but Brillhart says this does not have to be so. A bus rapid
transit system could give commuters a faster ride than their car-bound
"The system could be a sophisticated or as basic as you want,"
says Brillhart. "The buses could be sleek and attractive."
Meanwhile, she says there is a misperception in the county.
say there is not a lot of bus service," Brillhart says, "but
there is." The county is pretty well covered, and she invites
would-be bus travelers to call her organization at 609-452-1491 for
help with identifying bus routes to their destinations. "We’ll
even do trip planning," she says.
The Greater Mercer TMA also has a website (www.driveless.com) for
those who would rather click for transportation options. On the site
are maps to many area office parks, complete with information on
public transportation options.
For office workers wondering what awaits them on the drive home, the
website offers a peek at road conditions at a number of points up
and down Route 1 via web cams. Most days, it’s not a pretty sight,
making the case for ridesharing all the stronger.
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