TOPEKA,Kan (WIBW) After 10 years and nearly 4 million calls, the Kansas Department of Transportation celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the Kansas 511 traveler information phone service.
The service kicked off Jan. 15, 2004, 511 and replaced a toll-free Kansas road condition hotline. The Kansas 511 system was only the eleventh 511 system in the U.S. andprovided route-specific road conditions, construction/ detours, incidents and travel weather information. As of January 2014 38 states provide 511 services.
Transportation Secretary Mike King pointed out that tens of thousands of travelers have been able to access reliable road and weather information from 511 before they left for trips providing warning especially when weather created hazardous travel conditions.
511 has been a work in progress since its deployment and was expanded in December 2012 to include Kansas City metro traffic information.
Today features include call transfers to transit, tourism and motorist assist across the state and free personalized information using subscription email and text alerts.