Ever wonder 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, which will supposedly save Dallas residents $278 million, on transportation costs over the next 10 years. The goal is a 511 system that pulls together traffic information from other cities and transportation systems to help drivers figure out where traffic is worst.

Right now, the system focuses on Central Expressway – checking the 511 website will give drivers a way to plan their transportation route for the day, says DART spokesman Mark Ball.

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

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

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

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