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February 2019

To the Editor: 

More than 150,000 golf fans are expected to attend the 2019 THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, from Tuesday, March 12th through Sunday, March 17th During the event, motorists should be aware of conditions on I-95, the I-295 Beltway and State Road A1A. They should also consider one or more alternate routes to and from the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is sharing this toolkit to remind drivers how the Florida 511 (FL511) Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS) can help them plan their route to and from TPC Sawgrass during the PGA TOUR tournament.

This toolkit includes suggested article content, social media posts and public service announcements for use leading up to and during THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass.  Please feel free to share the material. We want to let everyone know that by using FL511, they can stay informed on traffic conditions, plan alternate routes, increase driving safety and reduce travel time to and from the tournament.

FL511 is a service provided by FDOT that provides current road and travel conditions in Florida, so drivers can make choices about their travel plans. The user-friendly and customizable system provides real-time traffic information and lets drivers know what conditions they may face.

Thank you sharing these materials with your readers and viewers.

Sincerely, 

Your friends at the Florida Department of Transportation

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Drivers Can Find Their Way to THE PLAYERS Championship with FL511

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) encourages golf fans to use its Florida 511 (FL511) Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS) to choose the best route to THE PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Tuesday, March 12th through Sunday, March 17th. More than 150,000 fans are expected to attend the PGA tournament to watch their favorite golfers attempt to conquer the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

For more information, visit theplayers.com for THE PLAYERS Championship schedule of events.

Golf fans planning to arrive early for a prime seat in the gallery should be aware of conditions on I-95, the I-295 Beltway and State Road A1A. Tournament organizers recommend taking exit 32 on I-95 and turning east on County Road 210, which becomes Valley Ridge Boulevard. At the intersection of Valley Ridge Boulevard and Nocatee Parkway, turn right and go east on Nocatee Parkway, which will become Palm Valley Road and continue to TPC Sawgrass.

FL511 is the state’s official source for traffic and travel information. It provides current road and travel conditions in Florida, so drivers can make choices about their travel plans. The service includes a website in English and Spanish, mobile app, Twitter messages, text alerts, and more. FL511 also provides camera views on major Florida roads, so users can see road conditions throughout the state. The goal is to increase driving safety and reduce travel time.

Before heading out, drivers should check the FL511 App or interactive road map on FL511.com for important traffic information and incident alerts. Once on the road, have a passenger check to avoid using a phone while behind the wheel. Passengers can also view roadway camera snapshots showing current driving conditions on their route. The FL511 mobile app, available from the Apple App store or Google Play, features an interactive map showing traffic congestion and incidents and camera snapshots on roads around the user’s location.

The FL511 App, website, and Twitter feeds provide information on Florida’s interstates, toll roads and other major metropolitan roadways, allowing drivers to avoid unnecessary delays, as well as receive updates on accidents, congestion, construction and more. Travelers can follow FL511 on 13 Twitter handles, on Facebook @FL511, and Instagram @Florida_511.

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Drivers can spend more time in the gallery and less time behind the wheel on their way to THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach with real-time traffic updates from FDOT’s Florida 511 (FL511) Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS). Find out what traffic will be like by visiting FL511.com, downloading the mobile app, or following any of the statewide, regional or roadway-specific Twitter feeds (FL511), such as @FL511_Northeast. Also, follow FL511 on the newly developed Facebook page @FL511, and the new Instagram page @Florida_511.

FDOT’s Florida 511 Advanced Traveler Information System can help drivers plan their driving itinerary to THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach. Visit FL511.com for real-time traffic information and incident alerts in English or Spanish. 

Golf fans planning to attend THE PLAYERS Championship can use the Florida 511 Advanced Traveler Information System to stay informed with real-time traffic updates for their routes to and from TPC Sawgrass. Be prepared for increased traffic on the I-95 corridor, I-295 Beltway and southbound State Road A1A. Tournament organizers recommend taking exit 32 on I-95 and going east on County Road 210 to TPC Sawgrass. Connect. Know. Go with Florida 511.

Drivers are encouraged to plan their trip to @THEPLAYERSChamp with FL511. Visit FL511.com or download the mobile app for real-time traffic updates.

Follow @FL511_Northeast for up-to-the-minute traffic information on the way to and from @THEPLAYERSChamp at @TPCSawgrass.  

Check FL511.com or get the FL511 app and arrive early to @THEPLAYERSChamp @TPCSawgrass for a prime seat in the gallery.

Drivers can follow their favorite pro at @THEPLAYERSChamp @TPCSawgrass. Drivers can know before they go with FL511. Visit FL511.com or download the app.

Safe travels to everyone who attended @THEPLAYERSChamp. Check @FL511_Northeast for traffic updates on the way home from @TPCSawgrass.

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The Florida 511 (FL511) Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS)

Drivers are encouraged to plan their route to THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass using the Florida 511 Advanced Traveler Information System. A service by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), FL511 provides real-time traffic information for many of Florida’s interstates, toll roadways, and many major metropolitan roads. Before leaving, motorists can check the interactive road map on FL511.com for up-to-date information about congestion, crashes, construction, closures and more. Additional ways drivers can receive traffic information include visiting www.FL511.com, using the FL511 mobile app available on the Apple App Store or Google Play, or receiving route-specific email and text alerts. Motorists also can follow the statewide Twitter feed (#FL511), @FL511_State or any of the regional or roadway-specific Twitter feeds (#FL511), such as @FL511_Northeast, @FL511_I10 and @FL511_I95. Also, follow FL511 on the newly developed Facebook page @FL511, and the new Instagram page @Florida_511.

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DRIVERS CAN KNOW BEFORE THEY GO TO THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP AT TPC SAWGRASS IN PONTE VEDRA BEACH WITH F-D-O-T’S FLORIDA FIVE-ONE-ONE ADVANCED TRAVELER INFORMATION SYSTEM. F-L FIVE-ONE-ONE PROVIDES REAL-TIME TRAFFIC INFORMATION. VISIT F-L FIVE-ONE-ONE DOT COM, DOWNLOAD THE MOBILE APP, FOLLOW F-L-FIVE-ONE-ONE ON TWITTER, AND RECEIVE ROUTE-SPECIFIC EMAIL AND TEXT ALERTS. FOLLOW F-L-FIVE-ONE-ONE ON FACEBOOK @FL511 AND INSTAGRAM @FLORIDA_511.

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DRIVERS CAN KNOW BEFORE THEY GO TO THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP AT TPC SAWGRASS IN PONTE VEDRA BEACH WITH FLORIDA FIVE-ONE-ONE – THE STATE’S OFFICIAL SOURCE FOR REAL-TIME TRAFFIC AND TRAVEL INFORMATION. VISIT F-L FIVE-ONE-ONE DOT COM, DOWNLOAD THE MOBILE APP, FOLLOW F-L-FIVE-ONE-ONE ON TWITTER, AND RECEIVE ROUTE-SPECIFIC EMAIL AND TEXT ALERTS. FOLLOW  ON FACEBOOK @FL511 AND INSTAGRAM @FLORIDA_511. USE FL511 TO CONNECT. KNOW. AND GO!

Quick Q&A


Here’s a summary of some of the most popular questions and answers related to FL511:

The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Florida 511 (FL511) Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS) provides real-time traffic information, including up to three routes to choose from, travel times for requested routes, congestion, construction, lane closures, severe weather and emergency evacuation information on Florida interstate highways, toll roads including Florida’s Turnpike, and many other major metropolitan roadways. The resource is available 24 hours a day on the web at www.FL511.com and on the mobile application for Apple and Android devices. The website is available in English and Spanish.

No. It is a public service. FL511 is a valuable resource for motorists which is provided by FDOT. Users can call 24/7 to hear up-to-the-minute travel information. However, smartphone and cell phone users should be aware that normal minute, text message and data charges may apply. FL511.com is a great website to visit, the app is an invaluable download, and there is no charge for registering for My Florida 511 personalized services.

The Florida 511 website, mobile app, and phone system give real-time travel reports on Florida interstate highways and toll roads including Florida’s Turnpike, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority roads and Central Florida Expressway Authority roads; and other major metropolitan roadways. It also provides weather forecasts and severe weather alerts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The mobile app provides directions with travel times for specific routes. The website offers one or more routes to destinations. Drivers can follow any of the statewide, regional or roadway-specific Twitter feeds (#FL511), such as @FL511_Northeast, @FL511_I10 and @FL511_I95. Also, follow us on our newly developed Facebook page, @FL511, and our new Instagram page, @Florida_511.

Information is updated on an ongoing basis as incidents occur and situations change on roadways. Travel times are automatically updated every few minutes around the clock.

The Florida 511 source data is Sunguide. FDOT has deployed intelligent transportation system (ITS) technology on Florida interstates and toll roads, including Florida’s Turnpike; and many other major metropolitan roadways. FDOT partners – the Central Florida Expressway Authority and Miami-Dade Expressway Authority – have also deployed similar technology along their expressways. Regional Traffic Management Centers (RTMCs) collect information about roadway conditions throughout Florida. 

Florida 511 provides route-specific information, and motorists will be able to access the information on demand, whenever needed. Additionally, with My Florida 511 text and e-mail alerts, users can receive a text message or e-mail alert when there is an incident on their personal routes. Also, travelers can find out what traffic will be like by visiting FL511.com, downloading the mobile app, or following any of the statewide, regional or roadway-specific Twitter feeds (#FL511), such as @FL511_State. 

From FL511.com, users can view traffic cameras under the “My Cameras” feature. Users can see where incidents are, what is on the Dynamic Message Signs (DMS), detour routes, closures, construction, congestion, weather alerts, weather forecasts, and special events on a zoomable map. Users can also consult the statewide map on the home page for detailed roadway conditions. FL511.com also provides door-to-door routing and allows users to sign up for My Florida 511 personalized services.

FL511 Fact Sheet

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FDOT’s Florida 511 (FL511) Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS) Offers Many Benefits and Features. 


The state’s official service continues to provide incident, congestion and construction information on Florida’s interstates and toll roads, and other major metropolitan roadways.

Features that can help motorists increase driving safety and reduce travel time:

  • Driving directions, with point-to-point travel times for specific routes and one or more routes via the website. 
  • Notification of crashes, congestion, lane closures and construction on Florida’s interstates, toll roads and major metropolitan roadways. Data is supplied by FDOT through Sunguide.
  • Severe weather alerts and forecasts, supplied by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 
  • My cameras feature allows users to create a list of FDOT traffic cameras for a personalized live look at conditions along their route.

Emergency Information:

  • Provides weather-related road and bridge closure updates.
  • Official source of traffic and travel information throughout severe weather and wildfires.
  • AMBER, Silver and Blue Alerts:
    • America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alerts notify the public of the child-abduction cases.
    • Silver Alerts notify the public when law enforcement agencies are searching for missing adults or citizens with cognitive impairments, including Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.
    • Blue Alerts notify the public when law enforcement officers are searching for one or more offenders who have killed or seriously injured a law enforcement officer.

FL511 App

  • Turn-by-turn directions, with real-time traffic updates and updated travel times on more roadways.
  • Links to other travel and transportation agencies.
  • Available for both Android and Apple devices. 

Website

  • Interactive map of Florida with road closures drawn on the map for detour routes during emergencies such as hurricanes, cameras, closures, incidents, construction, congestion, message signs, weather alerts, weather forecasts, and special events.
  • Statewide traffic camera views.
  • Turn-by-turn directions, travel times and instructions for the route you selected.
  • Weather alerts and forecasts by NOAA.
  • Live scrolling alerts about major incidents, road and bridge closures and more.
  • Available in English or Spanish.
  • Name and save routes (e.g. work to home, evacuation, etc.).
  • Sign up to receive text and email alerts:
  • Travel time increases
  • Traffic speed changes
  • Crashes, construction and congestion
  • Alerts sent at the times and days users choose.

Twitter

  • A total of 13 statewide, regional or roadway-specific feeds:
    • @fl511_state
    • @fl511_panhandl
    • @fl511_northeast
    • @fl511_central
    • @fl511_tampabay
    • @fl511_southwest
    • @fl511_southeast
    • @fl511_turnpike
    • @fl511_i10
    • @fl511_i4
    • @fl511_i75
    • @fl511_i95
    • @fl511_95express
  • Users can share real-time traffic and travel updates.

Facebook and Instagram:

FL511 events, activities and some road conditions are provided on a new Facebook page @FL511 and new Instagram page @Florida_511.

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