Dial 511 or visit www.511NY.org to find the most efficient route to take, avoiding accidents and congestion. 511 New York is a new travel-information service from the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). The 511 New York service incorporates real-time traffic alerts from the NYSDOTs TransAlert program, and the MTA, Thruway Authority and Port Authority of New York and New Jerseys traffic-alert programs. This information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
511 is the national three-digit phone number reserved for travel information. The phone service is an interactive voice system reachable by landline and cellular phones and driven by a users voice or phone keys. A personalized TransAlert subscription service provides notifications of major incidents and can be customized to give alerts by region and travel corridor.
511 NY is groundbreaking in bringing together a multitude of transportation information available in New York State in one portal so you no longer need many individual phone numbers and Web sites. 511 NY provides information on: Emergency alerts about major transportation problems; Traffic conditions, camera images, speeds; Work zones and construction reports; Border-crossing conditions; Transit conditions; Weather conditions and forecasts; Transit trip-planning (door to door); Transit services; Intercity bus and rail services; Paratransit services; Carpools and vanpools; Park-and-ride lot locations; Airports and airport access services; Ferries, tunnels and bridges; Commercial vehicle information; Bicycling; and Toll information. The service replaces the 1-800-Roadwork hotline for Long Island Commuters.
Besides using a computer, travel and transportation information is accessible using Web-enabled phones and PDAs (personal digital assistants). Other hand-held, mobile and in-vehicle electronic devices eventually will be supported. AAA New York suggests using 511 New York service before leaving for a trip so that distractions are avoided.
A study by Virginia Tech University and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that nearly 80 percent of car crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involved some form of driver distraction within 3 second of the event. Cell phone use is considered to be a form of driver distraction.
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