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Old 04-17-2012, 11:41 AM
 
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Two suggestions. WRAL has a traffic twitter feed. And Google Maps has a traffic overlay. Of course I never check the traffic overlay until I am already stuck in traffic (and deciding if it's worth to try a secondary road) but the twitter feed is a little more passive in that you can glance at it on your way out the door.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:59 AM
 
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As it is, WUNC only provides 4 minutes of local news each half hour during morning drive time. I personally would rather that time not be used for traffic updates. Plenty of other stations provide that information. (Not to mention many GPS devices and smartphones.)
They could run one less ad about that organization that does stuff to the Great Lakes and fit in a traffic report in that spot
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:30 PM
 
Location: West Raleigh
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As it is, WUNC only provides 4 minutes of local news each half hour during morning drive time. I personally would rather that time not be used for traffic updates. Plenty of other stations provide that information. (Not to mention many GPS devices and smartphones.)

I see your point, but still think it would be useful even if they only did a brief 30 second spot every 30 min. Now, if I had some money to spread around I'd definitely think about sponsoring NPR in some way that would ask them to do traffic reporting as part of the sponsorship. Barring that I'd probably heavily patronize any business who did so...
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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The site I have bookmarked is this one from WRAL.
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:35 PM
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Try the Waze App
+1 for Waze. Waze is awesome! It takes car speed and user-generated reports about things like police cars, traffic, stopped vehicles from the app and shares it with other users. It will also calculate the best route for you based off of that info. It's like Wikipedia meets GPS.
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:28 PM
 
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Try the Waze App
+1 for the Waze app.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:30 PM
 
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Thanks for all the great ideas! I don't actually have a smartphone...and I can seem to figure out how to access Twitter feeds (guess I should ask my 11 year old)

I will try 680. If I turn the computer on in the morning I'll never get out the door.......
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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I am pretty sure that WRAL's traffic app will send you push notification ... on a smartphone. I have had the pleasure of encountering morning and afternoon traffic a couple of times over the last 3 weeks ... and it would be worth it to me personally to pay for the app if I had to deal with it all the time.
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Try the Waze App
waze is great. its free and def. worth a shot.
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:12 AM
 
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Waze and GMaps on any smartphone are your best bets because they're realtime and crowd-sourced, meaning they take data from everyone and aggregate it for everyone's benefit, so you'll see what's really happening NOW.

Waze has the advantage of showing accidents, police, etc. (if reported by users ahead of you) which can be more useful in making routing decisions than just "slow traffic".
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