Illinois hopes system will help drivers avoid tollway backups

| Wednesday, March 19, 2003
A new system along toll roads in Illinois could save drivers valuable time during heavy traffic.The new system, which uses information from the state’s I-PASS toll-collection system, will provide drivers with travel time and traffic flow information so they can decide if it’s quicker to take an alternate route, The Chicago Tribune reported March 17. It will focus on the parts of the 274 miles of toll roads where accidents and construction work are likely to create backups.

The system will track how long it takes I-PASS-equipped vehicles to go from one toll plaza to another, the newspaper reported. That information will be fed to electronic message boards and a Web site, www.gcmtravel.com, to provide travel time information to drivers.

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