TELE ATLAS, KMTP 32 AND THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION JOIN TOGETHER TO LAUNCH TV511
At the ITS World Congress in San Francisco, Tele Atlas, KMTP 32, and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) announced TV511 – an automated television broadcast that provides real-time road and transit traveler information for Bay Area residents and visitors. Broadcast over KMTP 32 from 5 AM to 8 AM each weekday, TV511 provides travelers throughout the Bay Area with a convenient means to access traffic, transit, road conditions and road-weather information on a continuous basis to assist them in making travel mode, schedule and route decisions. Unlike typical broadcasts that report only a fraction of the available traveler information at ten-minute or longer intervals, TV511 will continuously broadcast throughout the morning drive time.
TV511 displays the locations of traffic and transit problems on continuously updated on-screen maps supported with voice and text descriptions. TV511 uses the same information available to Bay Area travelers through the 511 phone system or the 511.org Web site, but broadcasts this information continuously to more than two million Bay Area households who currently receive KMTP 32.
About Tele Atlas
Founded in 1984, Tele Atlas is a leading provider of digital maps and dynamic location content for a variety of navigation, location-based services and geospatial products and database solutions. The company’s database is a highly accurate reproduction of today’s street network, enabling turn-by-turn route guidance on a high percentage of European, US and Canadian roads. Tele Atlas’ compatibility with major navigation systems and its open system design have made the company’s technology adaptable to both consumer and business-to-business applications. From logistics to marketing to traffic and fleet management, in almost every sector of today’s business and consumer world, Tele Atlas has built a reputation as an acknowledged pioneer and leader in the digital map industry. For more information, visit www.teleatlas.com.
KMTP was conceived with the notion that noncommercial television should educate, entertain and relate to people of all cultures. They accomplish that with a stimulating mix of independent and locally-produced programs by, and about, people of all backgrounds and colors. Each week’s schedule is put together with a thinking audience in mind: performing arts, the environment, current events, education, business, etc. KMTP programs look at the world from a different perspective. KMTP broadcasts on UHF channel 32 and is carried on cable as well. KMTP programming is available to more than 2 million people throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, please visit www.kmtp.org.
Part of a national rollout of 511 service, the Bay Area’s 511 phone and Web system was launched in December 2002 through a partnership between MTC, Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol and dozens of transit operators. The Bay Area is the largest metropolitan area in the country to activate a 511 system. The service currently averages about 90,000 calls per week. 511 is the Bay Area’s one-stop resource for free traffic, transit, ridesharing and bicycling information. Much like 411 or 911, the toll-free 511 phone service is an easy-to-remember number. Callers can get the most current reports on road conditions and traffic incidents, as well as fare and schedule information from over 40 public transportation providers and 20 paratransit operators, plus information about carpooling, vanpooling and bicycling. MTC is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.