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November 05, 2012

DFW Connector upgrades iPhone & Android apps for commuters

@gdickson

The folks at the DFW Connector project, the $1.1 billion makeover of the Texas 114/121 corridor in Grapevine, have upgraded their mobile applications for iPhone and Android. Just go to your favorite online app store and search for "dfw connector." Iphone_home.jpg

Both versions are free.

The app shows real-time traffic conditions using a Google map, and gives users a heads-up about scheduled detours. There's also a nice bit of background on the mega-project, which stretches eight miles across the north end of Dallas Fort Worth Airport, and links to useful websites.

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Also, once the app is downloaded and opened, users are required to press a button acknowledging that the app is not intended for use while driving.

The apps originally launched in September 2011, but were upgraded based on feedback from users, said project spokeswoman Kristen Schropp.

"We got overwhelming feedback that the app needed more visuals, so we added a daily detour map so that people could easily view the night and weekend detours," she said.

To date, about 5,000 smart phone users have downloaded the iPhone version, and about 1,000 have downloaded the Droid version, she said.

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