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Say no to Carmageddon: Caltrans unveils real-time traffic app

August 1, 2012 |  1:30 pm

Traffic jam
Move over, SigAlert. There's another real-time traffic tracker in town.

The California Department of Transportation unveiled "QuickMap," an online service designed to provide up-to-the-minute traffic information across the state. The system — available online and via smartphone — includes a color-coded system that shows how fast traffic is moving in a given area.

It also lists lane closures, Amber Alerts and California Highway Patrol incidents, and offers looks at traffic cameras and message signs.

The goal is to help motorists reduce travel time, Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said in a statement.

“This exciting innovation delivers real-time data so travelers can adjust their routes to get where they’re going as quickly as possible," he said.

QuickMap can be found online at quickmap.dot.ca.gov.

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Photo: Caltrans has unveiled a real-time traffic website and app that can be downloaded to a smartphone to help avoid traffic jams, like this one on Interstate 5 last month. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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