The 511 traffic system allows you to access up-to-the-minute road conditions for specific routes in your designated area.
In most instances you can access 511 via phone, Internet, or a smartphone app, but of course this depends on your city and state.
Does Your State Have 511?
Currently, 511 traffic systems can be accessed in the following states and cities:
- ARTIMIS (Northern Kentucky – Cincinnati)
- Eastern Sierras, California
- Inland Empire (Souther California)
- Los Angeles
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- Sacramento – Northern California
- St. Louis
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Information 511 Traffic Systems Provide
Each system is state– and city–specific. This means when you dial 511 in New York, for example, you will only receive information for specific routes in New York state.
With most systems you’ll be able to access all or some of the following information:
- The latest traffic report for your chosen route. This traffic update features up-t0-the-minute reporting gathered from a variety of sources, including state police, emergency 911 dispatch centers, and road cameras. Accidents and estimated time travels are just some of the reports you’ll receive.
- Road closures due to accidents, weather, or other road-related emergencies.
- Road conditions. This feature is especially important during winter storms.
- Detailed weather reports.
- Amber alerts.
- Road construction updates. This includes road closures and expected delays, allowing you to plot alternative routes if needed.
- Information on public transportation, including buses, trains, subways, and airports.
- Access to 511 traffic systems for neighboring states.
The information is free, but keep in mind the regular mobile phone rates may apply.
Before dialing, be aware of local cell phone laws. Most states and individual municipalities now have laws banning cell phone use while driving. Pull over before using.
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