Display Traffic Patterns on the Map
(A subscription to PC*MILER|Traffic and an Internet connection is required to use this feature and to complete this part of the Tour. If it is not available, please skip to “Create and Edit a Geofence” .)
PC*MILER’s traffic display feature lets you visualize historical, typical or real‐time traffic patterns in the map window. We will quickly take a look at historical and real‐time traffic patterns in and around the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels that cross under the Hudson River from New Jersey into New York City, New York.
1. Right click the map and select Traffic… to open the Traffic Display window.
2. In the Traffic Display window, select Congestion and Historical to see the day and time options for viewing historical traffic patterns. Select Tuesday and move the slider bar to 7:30 AM.
3. Press <Ctrl+N> to open a new route window.
4. In the Route 2 window, enter “new york ny” (any ZIP code), then double‐click it in the stop list to zoom to New York City on the map. The map displays what traffic congestion has been like historically at 7:30 a.m. on a Tuesday: red, yellow and green highlights indicate heavy, light or no congestion on the roads and tunnels in this area. There is some heavy congestion on the inbound lanes coming up to the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels.
5. Select the Map tab > Customize group > Legends > Traffic. The Traffic Congestion legend indicates the meaning of the colors used in the traffic display and the time and day for which historical data is displayed.
6. In the Traffic Display window, select Now to view real‐time traffic. Notice that the legend now tells you when the data feed was last updated.
7. Now that you’ve had a look at the traffic display, we will turn it off. Select Off in the Traffic Display window, then close the window.
8. Select the Map tab > Customize > Legends and uncheck Traffic.
9. Close the Route 2 window.