Bridges and Tunnels Introduces New MTA EZTravel App

Photo of the new MTA EZTravel AppPhoto of the new MTA EZTravel App

Want to know how traffic is moving at MTA crossings or how long it will take to reach a connecting highway? The information is just a tap away with Bridges and Tunnels' new MTA EZTravel app, now available for free download at the Apple store.

To download the popular Travel Time website tool, which shows motorists how traffic is moving at the agency’s seven bridges and two tunnels, click here for the Apple version or here for the Android version. The free app is also available on the MTA website here.

With just a tap, smartphone and tablet users will be able to see real-time travel information for any of the agency’s crossings. The app can also be used on iPads in portrait mode. This information is meant to help drivers "know before they go" and should never be used while driving

"Like MTA e-mail and text alerts, this is another way for us to give information to our customers in real time but we urge drivers to use it before they get behind the wheel," said Bridges and Tunnels President Jim Ferrara.  

The free app, which is the first developed by MTA Bridges and Tunnels, was launched in May. Travel times are gathered using data collected from E-ZPass transponders. All data is scrambled and encrypted so the account remains anonymous and the information is only used to estimate travel time.  The information is updated every 5 minutes. 

In addition to travel time at MTA crossings, users can use travel time to find out how long it will take to get to other key area destinations, including airports, connecting highways, bridges or major thoroughfares.

"We plan to keep adding popular destinations so we can give motorists the most useful, real time information possible," said MTA Bridges and Tunnels Chief Technology Officer Tariq Habib.

Travel time information is intended to be accessed by motorists before leaving home or by passengers using smart phones. It is against the law in New York to use a cell phone while driving