Mass511 is not brand-new. From the very best I can inform, the 511 traffic info service has actually been around for many years, however in 2010 the totally free service went on steroids.
I didn’t understand much about Mass511 till today. Okay, I didn’t understand anything about Mass511 till after seeing a blue highway indication promoting it for the umpteenth-million time I chose to check out it.
Mass511 is a great deal of things, actually. Before 2010, it was a phone line that commuters might contact us to get upgraded traffic info, the current roadway closures, etc.
The service has actually grown ever since. According to a piece in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette dated April 2010, John Bernardi, then vice president of Sendza, brought 511 into the digital age.
The paper reported that “a regional start-up business is partnering with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to enhance and broaden the state’s 511 traffic info line — so commuters can get real-time traffic updates for significant highways on their mobile phones.”
That was relatively extreme innovation 12 years back — a minimum of for individuals of my age who still remember utilizing fold-up paper maps from the gasoline station to receive from here to there.
At the time, some 40 states had comparable 511 totally free traffic lines. Who understood? My source for traffic info was the late Tony “Spy in the Sky” DiBiasio.
Today, Mass511 is a series of roadside sensors and cameras and things that keep an eye on traffic. The info is reported out to vehicle drivers by means of computer systems, apps, and mobile phones.
To believe, some individuals still have a flip phone.
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