Santa Cruz County to get 511 system, public input sought

A new system that provides real-time traffic updates and travel option information is in the works and its builders want your input as to how it can best serve you. The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission will hold a public meeting Thursday, Sept. 2 about the new Monterey Bay 511 Traveler Information System, which could contain live road and traffic conditions, plus bus routes and schedules, carpool and bicycling information, transportation options for seniors and people with disabilities, as well as emergency notices. The information could be accessed online or by telephone and mobile devices. The 511 program has existed in many parts of the state since 2002. If implemented locally, it could bridge the gap in traveler information systems on the Central Coast. The system's design and implementation is a joint effort between the RTC, Transportation Agency for Monterey County and the California Department of Transportation. “A 511 traveler information system could reduce the congestion on our highways by offering travelers real-time information about travel conditions," said George Dondero, RTC executive director. "Informed travelers will likely avoid congested areas by traveling a different route, taking a bus or bike, or traveling at a different time.” Thursday's meeting will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Road in Aptos. Anyone who cannot attend can complete a survey at through the month of September. More information, including a video about the program, also are on the website. For information about the RTC, which is responsible for regional transportation planning, policy, and funding, call 831 460-3200 or visit
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