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Proposal To Privatize 511 Traveler Information System Approved

January 10, 2013

The board of the Pennsylvania Public Private Transportation Partnership has approved a project to solicit proposals for the private management and operation of PennDOT’s 511 system and the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Roadway Information Program, known as TRIP.

511PA provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average interstate traffic speeds and access to nearly 7-hundred traffic cameras.  The site also provides color-coded winter road conditions for interstate highways and other roads.  Regional Twitter alerts are also available.

TRIP is a traveler information system for the Pennsylvania Turnpike, providing traffic and weather information.

The P3 board also approved soliciting proposals on traffic-flow data, video sharing, the operations of a statewide traffic management center, management of PennDOT’s Road Weather Information Systems, the Outdoor Advertising Program, management of the PennDOT Sponsor-A-Highway Program, sponsorships of the Freeway Service Patrols and the Yellow Dot Program, and sponsorship opportunities at Pennsylvania welcome centers and rest areas.

P3 projects were authorized by a law signed in September by Governor Tom Corbett allowing transportation authorities to partner with private companies in the delivery, maintenance and financing of transportation-related projects.

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