Provide traveler information in rural areas to allow for good travel decisions in inclement weather and construction season.
Oregon DOTs experience with rural traveler information systems.
- While designing your 511 services, consider the contingency of being overwhelmed with high call volume during inclement weather conditions. Customer satisfaction is key to a successful traveler information system. Agencies have experienced over-whelming response to their phone based traveler information system during peak weather periods, resulting in over-run systems often leading to user dissatisfaction.
- Recognize the costs associated with maintaining an up to date Web-based traveler information service. Oregon DOT has utilized web-based technologies to provide state wide traveler information for many years. The TripCheck System was designed to allow ODOT personnel from anywhere in the state to enter information into the on-line system. The de-centralized system has proven to be a success. The costs to maintain the TripCheck site annually is approximately $117,000 which does not include the time of ODOT personnel to enter the information into the system or the cost to gather the information from the field. The public has embraced the system and user sessions top 350,000 during peak periods in the winter months and average 100-200,000 during non-peak periods. Challenges noted include the need to recognize the costs associated with maintaining an up to date system. Without accurate, timely information, the public will recognize the weaknesses of the system and discontinue use.
- Provide e-mail address on your traveler information Web site and assign staff hours to respond to the received emails. To maintain good relations with the public, agencies should consider providing an e-mail address for users to communicate with the host agency and also provide staff-hours for personnel to respond to received e-mails.
- Include costs of advertising of rural traveler information systems. Advertising of rural traveler information systems, through road-side signs, television and radio ads, is recommended and should be included in project budgets.
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Intelligent Transportation Systems > Traveler Information > Pre-Trip Information > Internet/Wireless
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Road Weather Management > Information Dissemination > Internet/Wireless/Phone
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Roadway Operations & Maintenance > Work Zone Management > Temporary Traffic Management
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Roadway Operations & Maintenance > Information Dissemination > Internet/Wireless/Phone
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Traveler Information > En Route Information > Radio
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Traveler Information > Pre-Trip Information > 511
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Road Weather Management > Information Dissemination > Highway Advisory Radio
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Major Initiatives > Mobility Services for All Americans
Major Initiatives > Integrated Corridor Management Systems
Major Initiatives > Nationwide Surface Transportation Weather Observing and Forecasting System - Clarus
Major Initiatives > Emergency Transportation Operations
Other Program Activities > 511 Travel Information
Other Program Activities > Real Time Traveler Information
Other Program Activities > Rural ITS Deployment
Other Program Activities > Work Zones
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