When you click on the MyTravel item in the menu bar, the "My Travel Preferences" page is displayed, which is shown below. You can use this page to set your default locations for the traffic reports on the Travel Midwest site.
The main sections and features of this page are:
- Instructions - describes how to use this page
- Available Locations List - A list of all locations which are available to be selected as defaults. These include major roads in the region and category level entries such as "Illinois", "Illinois Arterials", and "Entire Region". Selecting a state displays all roads in the state, selecting state arterials displays all arterials in the state, and selecting "Entire Region" displays all roads in the Travel Midwest site coverage area.
- List Controls - These arrows are used to move items from the Available Locations list to the Default Locations list, or remove them from the Default Locations list. See below for details.
- Default Locations - This area displays a list of all the locations you have selected as your default locations.
The items appearing in the Default Locations list (section 4 above) will be used when you view a report to automatically select the roads which will be displayed. On each report page you also can choose to view information on other locations which are not in your defaults list. The defaults list is only used when you initially bring up a report. Choosing another location on the reports page does not change your selected defaults.
It is not necessary to select default locations to use the Travel Midwest site. If your default locations list is empty when you view reports, no locations will be shown initially and you will need to select the locations you want to view at that time. The default locations capability is intended as a convenience for you.
Now we describe how to use the controls to select your default locations. In the figure below, three locations are selected in the Available Locations list (1) by clicking on them. To select multiple roads, hold down the CTRL key while clicking. You can use the scrollbar to scroll the list, but be careful not to click within the list area itself while scrolling, which would change your selections. Once you have selected the set of roads you want to add to the defaults, click on the right arrow (2) to move them to the Default Locations list (3). The browser will refresh the page, adding the items you selected in the Available Locations list to the Default Locations list and clearing the Available Locations list.
The figure below illustrates how to remove locations from your Default Locations list. To do so, select them from the list (1), and then click on the left arrow (2). The browser will refresh the Default Locations list without the selected items (1).
If you want to clear the Default Location list completely, click on the double left arrows icon. The browser will refresh with the default locations area empty. You can then use the steps above to add roads into your default locations.
Once the Default Locations list contains the locations you prefer, you can view other pages on this site or leave the site entirely. The defaults you have selected are automatically saved in a cookie when you use the arrow buttons. When you view the reports pages during this visit or subsequent visits to the site, your defaults will be in effect.