McDonnell Announces Improved ‘511’ Traffic Information System
Richmond, VA–Governor Bob McDonnell announced on May 23 that the Virginia Department of Transportation has launched the next generation of 511 traffic information. Motorists can download a free mobile app that will give them real-time traffic information, visit the new 511 website with live streaming video of traffic conditions or call the improved 511 phone system.
“Virginia is a leader among state departments of transportation in providing real-time traffic information and live streaming traffic images to help motorists make the best travel choices,” said Governor McDonnell. “The new and improved 511 system empowers drivers with the knowledge they need to avoid congestion and take a faster route to their destination.”
The new system features mobile app, improved website and enhanced voice recognition software It can be accessed by calling 511 from any land line or cell phone in Virginia or visiting www.511Virginia.org.
“Another innovative component to this program is generating revenue through sponsorships to help pay for the 511 service,” said Transportation Secretary Sean T. Connaughton. “New 511 signs have space for sponsorships. In return for the space, sponsors help offset costs for VDOT to provide 511. That’s a significant win for motorists and taxpayers.”
VDOT Chief of System Operations Constance S. Sorrell added, “For more than a year, VDOT has been working diligently to enhance our 511 traffic information system. These new enhancements are designed to improve the overall 511 user experience.”