Text: Richard Co / Photos: | posted August 02, 2011 13:28
Know what's coming
Recently, the Metro Manila Development Authority and TV5 announced a new project to keep motorists informed about the traffic situation in the metropolis. The Metro Manila Traffic Navigator, accessible by logging on to mmdatraffic.interaksyon.com, gives motorists 3 screens that lay out almost real time data from the MMDA Metrobase outlaying the traffic conditions on 6 major thoroughfares.
With the new system, motorists can get virtually up-to-the-minute information on the traffic situation on Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), C-5 (Katipunan, Libis, Carlos P. Garcia), Espana, Quezon Avenue, Roxas Boulevard and the South Luzon Expressway.
The initial screen is the system view, giving users a snapshot of major thoroughfares in Metro Manila. The other screens and optional views are the line view (similar to a railway route map with the intersections indicated) and Google Map View (the latter overlaying the data on Google Maps).
MMDA Metrobase is in charge of updating the traffic situation in the 67 total intersections every 15 minutes at most. Users can also share the traffic situation via Twitter or Facebook with just a click on their respective icons.
MMDA and TV5 are also planning the release of InterAksyon.com's Ipad and iPhone app, which will come bundled with one click access to the Traffic Navigator. they also plan to extend the C-5 route to UP-Balara and add Ortigas to Santolan as well as more routes in the future.
The Traffic Navigator is accessible on any Windows, Apple or Linux browser. It will also support all smartphones in the market regardless of OS.