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Next Generation Traveler Information System
(September 23, 2015)

TN Motorist Information: Where We've Been & Where We Want To Go!

Presenter:   John W. Hall
Presenter's Org:   Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)

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The slides in this presentation are branded with the TDOT logo and many also include the Twitter logo.

Slide 1:  TN Motorist Information: Where We've Been & Where We Want To Go!

John W. Hall
Motorist Information Coordinator | September 23, 2015

Slide 2:  Motorists Information - Overview

  • TN 511
    • What it offers
    • Results
    • Conclusions
  • Twitter
    • What it offers
    • Results
  • Looking Forward

Slide 3:  TN 511

  • Launched in August 2006
    • Offered Traffic & Weather info and transfers to KY, NC, & VA
  • Yearly call volume comparisons (Aug-Aug)
    • 2006-2007 764,392
    • 2007-2008 716,644
    • 2008-2009 547,913
    • 2009-2010 896,624*
    • 2010-2011 893,432
    • 2011-2012 617,133
    • 2012-2013 641,729
    • 2013-2014 605,888
    • 2014-2015 580,848
  • TOTAL - 6,254,603

[This slide contains a vertical bar chart that plots the data listed above.]

Slide 4:  TN 511 Highlights

  • 2006-2007
    • Start-up garnered a lot of media attention.
      • Launch with governor was the last media event before he spent several weeks at the Mayo Clinic in Chicago.
    • No advertising of the system other than earned media and the 511 highway signs.
  • 2007-2008
    • Vendor began to have issues with the reporting mechanism.
    • Added Georgia to the list of neighboring state transfers.

Slide 5:  TN 511 Highlights

  • 2008-2009
    • Issues with the reporting mechanism continue
    • Concatenated voice file fiasco
    • RFP released
  • 2009-2010
    • New vendor takes over in Late March 2010.
    • Information added on Rest Areas, Public Transportation, and Tourism
    • In early May: West & Middle TN experience 1,000 year flood
  • 2010-2011
    • Extremely wet Winter has 16 days of call volumes over 10,000 (5 0f those days over 20,000).
    • Began providing Special Event information in June with the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

Slide 6:  TN 511 Highlights

  • 2011-2012
    • Non-eventful weather year
    • Only 6 days with calls over 5,000
  • 2012-2013
    • Another mild weather year
    • Eight days with calls over 5,000 (all incident related)
  • 2013-2014
    • Mild weather continues
    • Calls continue to decline

Slide 7:  TN 511 Highlights

  • 2014-2015
    • Some late winter weather sees a call spike (11 days over 5,000)
    • Outside of the winter weather: NO OTHER days > 5,000 calls
    • Added MS to transfer to neighboring states
    • Calls continue to decline
  • 511 Conclusions:
    • 511 is a sun-setting technology
    • Success with Twitter may be one reason for declining calls (more on that in a moment)
    • As the traveling public ages the younger drivers are looking for information to be pushed to them instead of having to seek it out.
      • Onboard navigation - GPS - Smart phones - Other apps

Slide 8:  TDOT's Twitter Efforts (@TN511)

  • Launched first Twitter account (@TN511) in May 2009
    • Statewide information
    • ONLY incident information
    • Information overload
  • Launched regional Twitter accounts in June 2009
    • @Knoxville511 - @Chattanooga511
    • @Nashville511 - @Memphis511
    • Still a LOT of information
  • Launched other Twitter Accounts
    • 20 other accounts (interstates, SR-840, and selected high profile projects) for a total of 25.

Slide 9:  TDOT's Twitter Efforts (@TN511)

  • Twitter Followers (as of Aug 2015 with est. through end of year)
    • START 0
    • 2009 3,041
    • 2010 8,096
    • 2011 13,286
    • 2012 18,396
    • 2013 24,266
    • 2014 32,747
    • 2015* 45,924

[This slide contains a line graph that plots the data listed above.]

Slide 10:  TDOT's Twitter Efforts (@TN511)

  • TOTAL number of Impressions May 2009 thru Aug 2015
    (Followers x Tweets) + (Followers of ReTweets) = Impressions
    • 2009 3,579,713
    • 2010 37,099,348
    • 2011 68,537,711
    • 2012 117,947,654
    • 2013 183,884,690
    • 2014 253,9191,90
    • 2015* 240,464,385
  • Total = 905,432,691

[This slide contains a line graph that plots the data listed above.]

Slide 11:  TDOT's Twitter Efforts (@TN511)

  • TOTAL number of Impressions May 2009 thru Dec 2015
    (Followers x Tweets) + (Followers of ReTweets) = Impressions
    • 2009 3,579,713
    • 2010 37,099,348
    • 2011 68,537,711
    • 2012 117,947,654
    • 2013 183,884,690
    • 2014 253,9191,90
    • 2015* 361,699,676
  • Total = 1,026,667,982

[This slide contains a line graph that plots the data listed above.]

Slide 12:  SmartWay Traffic

  • TDOT's web presence for Traveler Information
  • Caution Items
    • Incidents
    • Construction
  • Winter Wx Info
  • Streaming Video
    • 517 Cameras
  • DMS
    • 174 Boards
  • Google Traffic Flow

[This slide contains a screenshot from TDOT's SmartWay Traffic interactive website, displaying a map of Tennessee with numerous orange diamonds which mark construction and traffic incident locations.]

Slide 13:  What's Next - ?

  • As of September 15 TDOT is now an official partner with WAZE.
  • Push Technology
  • Bringing it back “In House”

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