E-mails, text messages help Calgary commuters avoid gridlock

Subscribers can have updates sent before they hit the road
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 04/21/2008

Workers in Calgary can no longer use the excuse, "I got stuck in traffic," for being late to work. A new traffic update system that e-mails and text messages drivers will help commuters pick alternate routes before getting caught in gridlock.

The service, launched late last month, sends traffic information such as road closures and accidents on major roads to cellphones, BlackBerrys and computers.

Commuters can sign up for the free service and customize the updates they want according to the time of day they travel and the routes they follow.