The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has launched its 5-1-1 travel information system, 511PA.
The Federal Communications Commission designated 511 as the nationwide three-digit number for traveler information, and 35 states are already using the system. 511PA provides free, 24-hour information that includes traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, regional tourism information, and links to transit agencies and major airports.
The service is available by dialing 511 from cellular phones or landlines or on the Web at www.511PA.com. Cell phone users may incur local airtime or roaming charges from their provider.
Users are also able to register online to receive personalized traveler alerts by e-mail and text message. Standard text messaging rates may apply – participants should consult their cellular phone provider regarding their text messaging plan.
The 511PA roadway network includes all 1,759 miles of interstate, including the Pennsylvania Turnpike, as well as other major roadways in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Real-time information will be available about traffic accidents, construction activities and winter road conditions.
For more information, visit www.511PA.com.