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Tuesday, Jul 30 2013 09:04 AM

'First Look': 511 lets you plan your trips

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    Becky Napier and Susanne Campbell of Kern Council of Governments talk about the 511 system on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Representatives of the Kern Council of Governments and Kern Motorist Authority pitched the benefits of calling 511 to get real-time traffic and transit information Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

"It's very new right now," said 511 project manager and Kern COG regional transportation planner Becky Napier, noting the telephone part of the free service went live about a month ago, and the website at kern511.org last summer.

The theme of the service is "know before you go," said Susanne Campbell, rideshare coordinator. But even if you encounter congestion once you're already on the road, you can find out what it is as you're on your way.

And once you leave Kern County, say to head south to Los Angeles, the interactive voice information system will connect you to their 511 data.

Napier said it took about two years to get the whole system up and running.

The service also includes transit information for buses, trains and airplanes. You can also see the views from Caltrans cameras. The information is available in English and Spanish.

"It's a cool bit of technology and I hope people use it," simulcast host Scott Cox said.

 

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