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New York - Disoriented New Yorkers Can Now Dial 511

Published on: November 21, 2008 02:43 PM
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New York - There’s 911 in case of emergencies and 311 if you need help from the city. Now city residents can dial 511 to know the best way to get around.

The New York State Department of Transportation unveiled “511,” its new traffic and transit help line.

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Travelers can get real time updates on road conditions as well as traffic reports.

Officials say it will soon include construction alerts and weather updates. They also hope to provide information on alternate routes as well as alternate modes of transportation.

“We’re the only agency with a true statewide perspective of transportation operations,” said 511 project director Todd Westhuis. “And a number of events both for us, and the MTA down here response to emergency events, forced us to realize that we need to do a better job of providing information to our traveling public.”

Officials say the system will be up and running statewide by January 1.

Travelers can call 511 or visit 511ny.org.

Customers can also subscribe to the free 511 text service.



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 Nov 21, 2008 at 03:31 PM Anonymous Says:

now I could tell my tennants they could dial 511 also.(besides 911 311 411

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 Nov 21, 2008 at 04:06 PM m Says:

Great - now I can't tell someonr to 'Get Lost'.

What is this a service for people who can't listen to a traffic report on the radio? How much will this cost taxpayers?

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 Nov 21, 2008 at 03:51 PM Funcused Says:

I am becoming disoriented just bu all these 11 numbers. Couldn't they have come up with something like 122.

9-1-1 was chosen for emergencies because its hard to dial it by mistake. The keys are at opposite extremes of the (huge) keypad but lets change formats.

It's getting awefully funcusing for NYers 3-1-1, 4-1-1, 5-1-1, 9-1-1...

Maybe for people who live in NY where all people know are #s, where street names are unheard of, all they can focus on is one # and two 1s after it!!!

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 Nov 21, 2008 at 03:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

now I could tell my tennants they could dial 511 also.(besides 911 311 411

treat them like people and they won't have to dial anything!!

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 Nov 22, 2008 at 12:32 PM Reb Chammodche Brecher Says:

BS"D

This one sounds like a great source for an updated version of the Chammodche Brecher parody!! Anyone up for it? Imagine Lipa or better yet, the heiliger Yarmer Rav calling 511 and asking for hmmm...Big Fleishigs.............

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 Nov 22, 2008 at 07:34 PM Anonymous Says:

it is not the first state that has this service. NJ has the service already for a while same number

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 Nov 22, 2008 at 10:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Finally!

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 Nov 23, 2008 at 12:11 AM robroy560 Says:

Reply to #2  
m Says:

Great - now I can't tell someonr to 'Get Lost'.

What is this a service for people who can't listen to a traffic report on the radio? How much will this cost taxpayers?

well said... When I was a kid you read a map. To entertain myself on family road trips, I would memorize the roads. This is why I don't get lost. Although I did by a GPS for the unknown areas.

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