Have web-based social network sites superceded the 5-1-1 transportation phone services as a means of disseminating information? With all the information that is pushed at citizens of our consumption-driven society, it may not be enough to just post information on a website.
The Iowa Department of Transportation has programmed its 5-1-1 website to push road information directly to the public via Twitter or text message.
For Twitter users, the Iowa DOT has enabled a variety of targeted Twitter feeds. Information on the Twitter feeds comes from the same data displayed on the 5-1-1 Traveler Information website but is formatted to be delivered to a computer or Web-enabled phone.
The Iowa DOT has Twitter feeds for:
* Six metro areas (Cedar Falls/Waterloo, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Quad Cities and Sioux City);
* Each of the state’s 99 counties;
* All traffic alerts; and
* Breaking news: the alerts that scroll at the top of the Iowa DOT’s 5-1-1 website.