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news release

Contact: Jim Berzok
RELEASE: May 25, 2000

Memorial Day Holiday Traveler
Can Take Advantage of SmartTraveler:
New Information Service in South Jersey

To assist motorists out on the roads during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday – the unofficial beginning of summer travel in the Garden State -- the New Jersey Department of Transportation announced its partnership with SmartRoute Systems Inc. of Cambridge, MA, to provide Advanced Traveler Information Services (ATIS) to motorists in the South Jersey region.

Around-the-clock traveler information services are now available for motorists in the South Jersey/Camden area. Commuters can access the service by dialing (856) 795-9400 or, if using a mobile phone, dial #211 (a free call for Cellular One and Sprint users). Information is also available online at www.SmarTraveler.com.

The SmartTraveler service area includes I-76/NJ42, I-95 and I-295; US1, 30 and 322; NJ 38, 70 and 90; all Delaware River bridges and the New Jersey Turnpike (southern end). The service will also include information on current transit conditions on PATCO, NJ Transit and Mercer Metro buses.

SmartRoute Systems provides route-specific traffic and related travel information services to consumers in the home, office and vehicle through wireless, online, and regular telephone under the brand name "SmarTraveler." The company’s expansion into New Jersey is a natural extension of the services it has been offering in the Philadelphia metropolitan area since 1997.

"The NJDOT is committed to providing motorists with services that will help them spend more time with their families and friends and less time stuck in traffic," said Transportation Commissioner James Weinstein. "We live in a densely populated state where traffic is a daily norm. In the age of technology, it is only appropriate that we utilize it to make information available quickly and accurately to those who need it the most.

In addition to announcing the new travel information service, Commissioner Weinstein also said that NJDOT is suspending construction activities that impact traffic for the duration of the holiday weekend.

AWe are committed to doing everything we can to help motorists get to their destinations safely and with minimal disruption,@ the Commissioner said. ABeginning at noon Friday, May 26, all construction work that affects travel lanes on our highways will be suspended through the morning rush hour on Tuesday, May 30. Lane closures will only be permitted for emergency reasons.@The NJDOT will also be extending the hours of operation for its Emergency Service Patrols (ESP) on Friday, May 26, and Monday, May 29.

On I-80, I-280 and I-287, ESP will operate from 4 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 8:30 p.m. on Monday.

On I-295, NJ55, NJ42, and I-76/676, the hours of operation are from 4 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 8:30 p.m. on Monday.

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