EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 28, 2012

MassDOT announces phone app for I-93 corridor

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — BOSTON — Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey yesterday announced a new smart phone app that provides real time travel conditions along the Interstate 93 corridor in Massachusetts.

The Real Time Travel App, “RTTM”, displays color-coded, current travel times on I-93 to and from Boston in real time. Boston-based transportation IT service company, KCUS Inc., developed the app, which follows the real-time travel message board traffic management system installed along I-93 earlier this year. The data displayed by the app is the same information displayed on the I-93 travel time message boards.

“By bus, train, subway, and now along our busiest highway corridor, we are tapping into the power of smart phone technology to provide customers with the answer to the most basic question: how long will it take to reach my destination?,” Davey said.

The RTTM App in its current version allows users to select certain specified I-93 routes and view current travel times, color-coded by speeds. The app also includes a detailed map view of each route with travel time and speeds displayed. Future versions of the App will include additional interactive features and incorporate more routes as the system expands to other highways in the Commonwealth.

As always, MassDOT reminds drivers to avoid using their smart phones while driving and check travel conditions before they drive.

The RTTM App is currently available for both iPhone and Windows Phone platforms. IPhone users can search for and download “RTTM” in the App Store, and Windows Phone users can do the same in the Marketplace. An Android version is being developed.

Zoning hearing slated in Windham Jan. 2

WINDHAM — The Planning Board holds a public hearing Wednesday on proposed revisions to the village center ordinance.

The 7 p.m. hearing will be at the community development offices, 3 North Lowell Road.

Details can be found at windhamnewhampshire.com or by calling the community development staff, 603-432-3806.

Enjoy books, breakfast in Hampstead

HAMPSTEAD — The first Books for Breakfast event of 2013 at Hampstead Public Library is Jan. 5 from 9 to 11 a.m.

This event is designed to give families a chance to spend time together in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Enjoy books, crafts, hot drinks and breakfast. There is no admission charge.

The library is at 9 Mary E. Clark Drive.

Library closed

New Year’s Day

HAVERHILL — The public library will close at 5 p.m. on Monday and will be closed Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day.

The library will reopen Wednesday at 9 a.m. Visit the library online at haverhillpl.org or call 978-373-1586.

Hampstead GOP Committee elections set for Jan. 8

HAMPSTEAD — The town’s Republican Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 8 at the Hampstead Public Library to elect officers for 2013-2014.

The positions up for election include chairman, vice chairman, treasurer and communication chairman/secretary.

You must be a resident of Hampstead, a registered Republican, and willing to work to spread Republican values to be eligible for an elected position.

If interested, respond to hampsteadGOP@gmail.com. and indicate the position.

The library is at 9 Mary E. Clark Drive.

Library changes schedule for Special Collections room

HAVERHILL — The Special Collections room at the public library will have different hours in the new year.

The room will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m., instead of Wednesday and Friday. Special Collections houses Massachusetts Vital Statistics, Haverhill photos, Haverhill High yearbooks, historical information about the city and genealogy resources.

Visit the library online at haverhillpl.org or contact Carol Verny at 978-373-1586, ext. 621.