Tom Corbett, Governor
Barry J. Schoch, P.E., Secretary

511PA Mobile App

Get the most current and relevant Pennsylvania traffic information on your smart phone without ever taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel with 511PA, brought to you by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). 511PA provides real-time, hands-free traffic advisories for every PennDOT roadway in Pennsylvania, and for major roadways in neighboring states of NJ and WV, with more to come.

How it Works

You simply turn on the application before you start your journey. 511PA uses your phone's built-in GPS and the vast data in the PA, NJ and WV travel information system to determine when you are approaching congestion, an accident scene or some other traffic disruption.

When there is an incident or slowdown nearby, 511PA broadcasts an advisory. There is nothing to read, nothing to click, nothing to scroll through. You just leave your phone in the center console or on the seat beside you and focus your attention on the road ahead.

User Modifications Features/ Experience

By default, 511PA broadcasts advisories from within a 10-mile radius, but you have the option to reduce or expand the range to as little as one mile or as many as 500 miles. 511PA will automatically repeat advisories every 20 minutes while you remain within range of the incident, but you can change the setting to hear the advisories more or less frequently. You also can elect whether to hear advisories from all directions or just from the direction you're traveling, and you have the option of filtering out different types of advisories by state or type of roadway.

You can modify several options. These configurations are saved on your phone.

  • the advisory replay interval
  • the range (in miles) for hearing advisories
  • Advisory types and Roadway types

The application gives you audio player controls for Play, Pause, Stop, Skip, and Replay All. These controls should not be used while operating your vehicle.

If you place or receive a phone call while a travel alert is playing and do not have a plan that allows simultaneous data and voice, the alert will pause, and will resume playing when the call has ended.

You don't need to register to use the app. 511PA operates anonymously. We don't receive or record any identifying information about you or your phone. By default, the app will report your device-determined speed and location to our servers. The data generated by collecting that information is useful. It can help improve our ability to provide real-time information about what is happening on our roadways. But if you would rather not participate, you will be able to opt out simply by clicking a radio button on the settings page whenever you launch the app.

Additional Features (Do not use while driving)

If you are not driving, or have a passenger who can operate the mobile device while you are behind the wheel, 511PA offers some additional features.

First: Tap the Menu/Options icon. A message will appear for about 5 seconds, to warn you against use while driving. When the message disappears, you will be able to:

  • Change your setting/options
  • View a map of the incidents nearby your current location (nearby means within the radius you selected in the settings)
  • Access the 511PA.com website (which is mobile friendly)
  • See incidents and information in a text-listing format
  • View cameras via text links
  • See the FAQs for using this app
  • Provide feedback

The Technology

The application is based on Information Logistics' patent-pending "Open Microphone Platform," which is a queue-driven streaming technology platform used in combination with your phone's built-in GPS.

IMPORTANT – This application is intended to be launched while the user is not operating his or her motor vehicle. User agrees to use the Application responsibly and to avert any interaction with mobile devices while driving a motor vehicle. User understands and acknowledges that the Commonwealth Motor Vehicle Code states that ‘No driver shall operate a motor vehicle on a highway or traffic way in this Commonwealth while using an interactive wireless communications device to send, read, or write a text-based communication while the vehicle is in motion.

IMPORTANT - Please note that continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Standard data rates may apply, depending on your mobile service provider and plan.

IMPORTANT - NON-GPS DEVICES This application will have some limited functionality on these devices.

IMPORTANT – 511PA provides information for transportation on all major Pennsylvania roadways, both toll and non-toll. 511PA was created by Information Logistics Inc. under a contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Please be advised that other applications which use Pennsylvania roadway artwork, logos, photographs, or any other images or identifying objects, may not be authorized by or affiliated with PennDOT.

Click here to view FAQ

Click here to view the "511PA" application End User License Agreement (EULA).

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