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In the epic quest to outsmart traffic congestion in Boston, commuters have any number of high-tech weapons: Google Maps and apps such as Inrix and live video from major highways.
Or, you can just tune in to Chad, who is calling in to report that “uh, the lower end of 128 from the triangle up to, um, 138, is OK.”
The latest innovation in traffic reporting relies on an old-fashioned format: a talk-radio-style broadcast in which fellow commuters call in reports from the road.
“The maps used in most traffic reporting show you where there is congestion, but they can’t tell you what is causing that backup,” said founder Todd Feinburg. “Now you can hear what people on the road are experiencing, which can help you make a better decision about your route.”