DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Department of Transportation has reformed the best way it lets folks know what’s occurring alongside the state’s highways. This month, CDOT unveiled a revamped web site and new cell app to present as a lot real-time info to drivers as doable.
For the handfuls of companies specializing in taking vacationers from the airport to locations within the mountains, the up to date expertise is a welcome addition.
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“Our dispatchers and our operations managers are monitoring the website continuously,” mentioned Jackie Roppel, the Owner of Summit Express, a transportation firm primarily based in Silverthorne. “The road conditions and travel alerts as well as the cameras is the absolute most important thing for our dispatchers.”
CDOT says its foundational expertise behind COTrip.org was 18 years previous. Newer software program can higher combine cameras and even third-party expertise like Waze alerts into the state’s Advanced Traffic Management System.
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Summit Express, within the winter, employs about 100 folks and makes as much as 30 van journeys to Denver International Airport throughout peak journey season. When snow begins to fall, dispatchers work exhausting to maintain drivers knowledgeable so visitors could make it to their locations.
“It allows us to contact our guests and make plans for the snowstorms. Why are they stuck on I-70? Is it going to be a major delay or a short one? It is absolutely crucial to our business,” Roppel mentioned.
The new expertise from the state permits customers to do extra with the info and has improved how drivers can get notified of alerts alongside their route. Future enhancements will embody a plow tracker subsequent month and in 2022 there’s an expectation that the app will have the ability to privde turn-by-turn instructions for wherever in Colorado.
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To Download the free COTrip Planner App go to the Google Play Store (Android units) or the Apple Store (iOS units).