W.Va. PSC OKs 511 Travel Information System

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- State regulators are giving the Division of Highways the green light to implement a free telephone traffic information system for travelers.

The Public Service Commission approved the 511 system on Thursday.

The new system will provide information about accidents, construction, weather and other events that affect traffic across the state.

The Federal Communications Commission set aside the three-digit 511 code in 2000 to allow states to develop telephone systems that provide free travel information.

In its order, the PSC says all wireline carriers operating in the state will have to program their switching equipment so 511 calls are properly routed.

No additional costs will be passed on to taxpayers because the DOH will pay for the system.

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