511 web page to meet customer needs
New Jersey’s 511 Traveler Information Service
has a new webpage
(Trenton) - Commissioner Stephen Dilts today announced that the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has updated and re-branded its existing real-time traffic information webpage to www.511nj.org as part of a series of planned upgrades to the 511 travel information system.
“New Jersey residents already use the Department’s 511 web, phone, and personal alerts system to get up to the minute travel information about road conditions around New Jersey,” Commissioner Dilts said. “We hope that through the enhancements we are making to the system and by re-branding the web page to be more in line with 511 systems in neighboring states, we will make it easier and faster for the public to find up to the minute information about travel conditions on New Jersey roadways.”
The updated website now employs interactive widgets, as well as the more traditional tabs across the top of the page, to interact with, and access, the region’s transportation information. In addition, the Interactive Map will show real time travel speeds on all Interstate and limited access highways. This includes the NJ Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway.
Other soon to be released enhancements will include travel times, the ability to import the 511NJ widgets into your own personal home page, such as iGoogle and websites. Also, the statewide traffic event data will be published through XML and RSS feeds.
The new www.511nj.org website was designed to complement the 511NJ telephone service. It provides an easy, user friendly way for commuters to see where incidents, accidents, congestion and events like weather and construction are happening before they leave their home or office.
NJDOT will also introduce an upgraded 511 phone system for traveler information. Improvements will include the ability to transfer callers to NJ TRANSIT, 511PA, 511NY, in addition to EZPass, as well as improved voice recognition.
“I encourage the public to visit www.511nj.org and see what we have to offer and look for these additional features,” Dilts added.
Traffic and travel information offered on the www.511nj.org web site and telephone phone service is managed by a partnership of public agencies led by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, working with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the South Jersey Transportation Authority, the New Jersey State Police, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission and the Delaware River Port Authority.
New Jersey law makes it a primary offense for motorists to talk on or text message with a hand-held wireless telephone or electronic communication device while driving. NJDOT encourages all motorists to make use of these real-time travel alert services safely and responsibly.