What’s the 5-1-1? California group plans trucker information line

| 1/18/2008

A California-based government association wants to learn what traffic and travel information would most help truckers.

The San Diego Association of Governments is gathering information for “511 CVO” – a three-digit phone number and Web site that will have specific travel information tailored to meet truckers’ needs.

San Diego currently allows commuters to call 5-1-1 from cell phones and learn about the region’s traffic by using voice commands. The number is similar to directory information (4-1-1) and emergency (9-1-1) numbers, and keeps drivers up to date on traffic congestion, weather and construction delays.

The survey is available at http://511trucker.com.

The San Diego Association of Governments wants trucking companies and drivers to tell them what information “will be the most useful,” wrote Tracy Manzo, coordinator for the project.

Truckers who fill out the survey are entered into a drawing to win an iPod Nano mp3 music and video player.