TripCheck Adds Twitter, iPhone Services

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Drivers who rely on TripCheck.com for advice on how to get around the state can now take advantage of two new services — Twitter messaging and an interactive iPhone format.

The new services coincide with the website’s 10th Anniversary. Launched in May 2000, TripCheck.com offers statewide incident information, weather conditions affecting the roads, and construction zone details, among other valuable travel information.

“We know from surveys that the information people get from TripCheck.com changes travel behavior,” said Galen McGill, Intelligent Transportation Systems Program manager with ODOT. “The more ways we can get that information out, the better. People can make informed decisions about routes, when, where and even how they are going to travel and more. Ultimately, that makes our roads safer for everyone.”

TripCheck.com is especially popular during winter storms, when travelers use the website to check on chain requirements, pass conditions and road closure information.

The new Twitter service allows users to sign up for particular highways of interest. When there is an update on TripCheck.com for that road, the user will receive a text message to a phone, computer or Personal Digital Assistant. To sign up for the new TripCheck Twitter service, visit TripCheck.com/pages/twitter.asp.

A new Web application now provides easier navigation of TripCheck “Mobile” from an iPhone. TripCheck “Mobile,” introduced in 2007, is a condensed version of TripCheck.com that provides faster loading and easier navigation on mobile devices. See the mobile service at www.TripCheck.com/mobile or http://m.tripcheck.com.

Several other upgrades over the years have made improvements users requested, such as an alert system that pops up when there is a major incident and a Transportation Options database that contains information and links on transit options in communities all around the state.

Camera views from around the state — and the ability to create a favorites page — are other features travelers find valuable. The site now offers more than 200 cameras statewide.

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