Tuesday, May 9, 2017

New app feature makes tracking your route simple

by Mike Allende

Our mobile app has proven to be a popular addition to our online traffic tools since it went live in 2010. Users receive live traffic conditions; ferries information and mountain pass reports, among other features, to help plan their trips. Now we’re excited about a new addition that should make it even more convenient.

Our new My Routes feature allows travelers to check for traffic closures, construction delays and other alerts in a specific area by creating a personal route. For example, if your daily commute takes you between Everett and Seattle, you can set that up and save it for easy reference to see what traffic conditions look like along your route.

Creating a new route on the WSDOT mobile app with My Routes. See steps below.


How?

Using your phone’s GPS, My Routes tracks your trips and saves them within the app. Once it’s saved, you can then choose to automatically add content like traffic cameras, available travel times, ferry schedules and mountain pass reports to your favorites.

Your saved routes will show up on the My Routes menu. To access this menu and create your first route,

  1. Start at the WSDOT app home screen and tap the My Routes button.
  2. Tap the plus (+) button to add a new route. This will be in the top right for iPhones, bottom right for Android.
  3. Once you're ready, tap the green start button, set your phone aside, and start driving. The WSDOT app will begin tracking your route with the device’s GPS.
  4. Once you’ve completed your route, tap “Finish” to save it. You can then access that route any time to get live information to help you plan your trip and know what traffic or closures await you.

As with any of our communications tools, whether it’s our app, Twitter, Facebook or anything else, please don’t use your device while you’re operating your vehicle. Distracted driving puts you and everyone else on the road at risk. Check the app before leaving home, or if you have a passenger, have them check.

We hope this new personalized feature is useful in helping you know before you go.