carthumbEver wondered how to get out of a traffic jam on Central Expressway? DART may have an option – just don’t use your phone while you’re driving to take advantage of it.

DART will spend $8.3 million on a system that pulls together traffic information from other cities and transportation systems to help drivers figure out where traffic is worst. The transit authority says it could save Dallas residents $278 million on transportation costs over the next 10 years.

The 511 system currently focuses on Central Expressway. Drivers can check the 511 website to plan their transportation routes for the day, says DART spokesman Mark Ball.

“This is a new approach by pulling together all of the information and putting it together on one website,” Ball says.

Users can also dial 511 for updates; not surprisingly, DART recommends using 511 before hitting the road. Drivers should not text while driving, Ball says.

A soft, unofficial version of the website will be available later this month for the public’s use.