WMTW’s new traffic system helps you plan your commute in southern and central Maine

WMTW News 8 is excited to officially launch a new traffic system, bringing you real-time information and tracking of current conditions on the roads to help you plan your commute.Maine’s Total Weather team is using the same type of technology used by the Maine Department of Transportation to determine travel times and slowdowns.The DOT’s transportation management center, or TMC, is staffed 27/7, gathering information to help drivers get around. For instance, they are updating the electronic signs you see along I95 and I295 using what’s called “probe data.” “What probe data is,” said Steve Hunnewell, assistant state traffic engineer, “there’s a lot of different sources some of the sources include people’s cell phones as they’re driving down the road. Its all anonymous data. All we get is speed and travel times.”The weather plays a big role in the flow of traffic in Maine, from snow or rain to summer tourists.”It really is a working relation with the Maine department,” said WMTW Chief Meteorologist Roger Griswold. “They’re identifying the risk and we are passing that information on so they can make adjustments to their morning drive or afternoon drive or understand why someone might be late getting home.”Our goal is to help everyone stay safer.Look for traffic reports on WMTW between 5:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and again between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

WMTW News 8 is excited to officially launch a new traffic system, bringing you real-time information and tracking of current conditions on the roads to help you plan your commute.

Maine’s Total Weather team is using the same type of technology used by the Maine Department of Transportation to determine travel times and slowdowns.

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The DOT’s transportation management center, or TMC, is staffed 27/7, gathering information to help drivers get around. For instance, they are updating the electronic signs you see along I95 and I295 using what’s called “probe data.”

“What probe data is,” said Steve Hunnewell, assistant state traffic engineer, “there’s a lot of different sources some of the sources include people’s cell phones as they’re driving down the road. Its all anonymous data. All we get is speed and travel times.”

The weather plays a big role in the flow of traffic in Maine, from snow or rain to summer tourists.

“It really is a working relation with the Maine department,” said WMTW Chief Meteorologist Roger Griswold. “They’re identifying the risk and we are passing that information on so they can make adjustments to their morning drive or afternoon drive or understand why someone might be late getting home.”

Our goal is to help everyone stay safer.

Look for traffic reports on WMTW between 5:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and again between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.