How To Get Instant Up-to-the-Minute Traffic Conditions on Any Bridge Or Tunnel From Your Cellphone
If you’re in the New York metro area and commute a lot into/out of the city, you already are braced for traffic jams at any minute. You might hear that there’s NO wait at all to cross into the city when you’re leaving your house, but by the time you get to the bridge or tunnel, it could be backed-up for miles.
There’s nothing like “driving blind,” so if you’re like most people, you turn to the radio to help figure out what you’re facing. So you probably already know the following radio traffic report sequences so that you’re never more than 4 minutes away from the next traffic report:
- On the “1’s” – 12:01, 12:11, 12:21, 12:31, etc: 1010 AM WINS NEWS
- On the “5’s” – 12:05, 12:15, 12:25, 12:35, etc: 1030 AM Bloomberg Radio
- On the “8’s” – 12:08, 12:18, 12:28, 12:38, etc: 880 AM WCBS Radio
GoogleMaps on the cell phone also has live traffic indicators if you’re browsing the web on your Samsung Blackjack or other smartphone while driving (not recommended!). But voice is the killer app, so there’s 2 other services that you really should know about. . .
HOW TO GET ON-DEMAND TRAFFIC REPORTS FOR ANY TRI-STATE BRIDGE OR TUNNEL
Here’s 2 sources I like to utilize:
- MetroCommute’s Automated NYC Bridge & Tunnel Line: 646-TRAFFIC or (646) 872-3342 will give you instant access to the official conditions on any bridge or tunnel in the tri-state area – NJ, NY, CT
- Tell Me also offers updated traffic throughout the day for most metro areas: 1-800-555-TELL or (800)-555-8355. Just say “TRAFFIC” at the main prompt to get started. The “FULL REPORT” option basically gives you the pre-recorded traffic report that you’d hear on the radio, but the only difference is that you can get it anytime on-demand. They update it constantly throughout the regular commuting day.
Any other suggestions for getting in or our of the city as fast as possible? Leave a comment here and share your tips!