Commuters and those just out for a drive on one of the state's thruways can now navigate their path or check on road conditions with a new mobile app from the New York State Thruway Authority.
The app, announced Friday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, provides motorists direct access to real-time traffic and navigation assistance while on the go, along with detailed Thruway services information for New York's 570-mile superhighway.
"New York continues to meet the needs of 21st-century travelers, and ahead of the busy holiday season, the launch of this new app will provide reliable, advanced technology to keep motorists informed and safe," Cuomo said. "By connecting travelers with real-time information, this new app will help ease travel along the Thruway, promote responsible driving habits, and support an easier, less congested holiday commute for all."
The app also enables travelers to access the latest road conditions in real-time, including construction and traffic alerts, while remaining hands-free. A safety setting option also utilizes voice announcements for roadway updates while traveling.
Other Thruway Authority app features include:
- Interactive Thruway map with real-time voice notification of upcoming Thruway-specific sites and traffic events;
- Toll calculator to plan your trip;
- Report an issue regarding a road condition, safety or services;
- Request roadside assistance;
- Restaurant and Thruway Service Area locator; and
- E-ZPass and Tolls information.
The app also provides links to the I Love NY tourism app, New York State Department of Transportation, New York Department of Motor Vehicles, New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services - See Something, Say Something, as well as the Thruway Authority website.
"The app is versatile and will not only improve the traveling experience by putting real-time road and traffic conditions in the palm of your hand but will allow for direct communication with the Thruway Authority," said Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll.
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