Feds rate regional, state traffic sites

The Federal Highway Administration has rated Web sites for Georgia, Washington, Louisville, Ky., and the Gary, Ind.-Chicago-Milwaukee region highest among 276 state and regional sites for giving drivers easy access to current traffic information.

The sites were chosen because they were easy to use, comprehensive and incorporated real-time reporting, FHWA deputy administrator Richard Capka said.

The Georgia Transportation Department recently redesigned its Georgia Navigator, at www.georgianavigator.com, with a new map of the state, more cameras, customized information on travel times, major alerts at the top of the page and information from weather stations. The department added faster servers and increased bandwidth to handle the larger volume of users.

The Washington Transportation Department Web site, at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic, organizes its information according to audience and usability. The department established a design standard so all state agencies' Web pages look and function the same.

The Lousiville site, at www.trimarc.org, provides travelers with information for the interstate highway system in the Louisville-Southern Indiana area.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Indiana DOT work together on the site. It has a feature that allows users to click on signs or cameras for more detailed information. The site complies with Section 508 accessibility standards and includes interactive maps.

Transportation departments in Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin pooled data on the Gary-Chicago-Milwaukee region to create www.gcmtravel.com.

The data-sharing system uses a common object request broker architecture interface. Users can link to information across the three-state corridor, including camera images, traffic maps and dynamic message sign postings

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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