Kern Motorist Aid Authority unveils free, Web-based 511 traveler information service

July 6, 2012

Organization: Kern Motorist Aid Authority
What: 511 Traveler Information Service
Where: On the Internet at, or

Kern 511 is a free, new traveler information service that offers the public traffic conditions, transit information and road work information in the Kern County area via website. Visit to check real time traffic speeds, find traffic alerts, plan a trip on a bus or train, and even find a carpool or vanpool partner. 511 will help improve your commute and keep you informed about Kern County area traffic before leaving the house and while on the road.

The 511 website provides information about:

Real Time Conditions – 511 provides Kern area highway traffic information and highway speeds and will also detail road construction, traffic alerts or accidents ahead. Incidents, accidents, road closures, lane closures, traffic speeds, and live cameras can all be viewed on the interactive map. Click on highway segments to view estimated travel times and other information using a handy legend at the bottom of the page.
Real-time information on incidents, construction and travel times is provided through the California Department of Transportation’s Highway Information Network and Navteq, a company providing fleet data.

Resources – 511 is your source to find a transit provider in Kern County, train information in the San Joaquin Valley, neighboring 511 websites, rideshare information, and more. Simply click on “Resources” to access information.

Coming soon, travelers will be able to call Kern 511 from anywhere in Kern County. Simple instructions will guide you to the information you need using a touch tone keypad or just by saying what you want. Information will be provided in English and Spanish.

On July 21, 2000 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated 511 as the single travel information telephone number to be made available to states & local jurisdictions across the country. The FCC ruling leaves nearly all implementation issues and schedules to state and local agencies and telecommunications carriers.

Kern Council of Governments also acts as the Kern Motorist Aid Authority, which funds Kern 511 and the regional call box program through a $1 charge on vehicle registration fees.

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