511 in YNP

Abstract: In July 2000, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated 511 as a national number for traveler information. Montana’s system was deployed in January 2003 to provide travelers with updates on road conditions, weather forecasts, emergency travel restrictions and construction. System enhancements currently under way will include alert systems for fires, Amber alerts, homeland security information and tourism information. Although the most important goal of the 511 system is to provide accurate, real-time information, Yellowstone National Park does not have an automated data warehouse to store updated travel information that can be automatically accessed by the 511 system. This project will seek to identify and create this type of data warehouse and incorporate this information into Montana’s 511 system. The information in the data warehouse could also be used by Idaho and Wyoming in their traveler information phone systems (not yet 511).

Sponsoring Organization: Yellowstone National Park

Completion Date: 12/12/2010

Additional Project Information: http://www.westerntransportationinstitute.org/research/4W0173.aspx