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December 2016
In this Issue
Keep Your Holiday Spirits Up with Florida 511 |
Florida 511 Traffic Cameras: CCTV for Yourself |
Avoid Missing a Snap during College Football Bowl Season with Florida 511 |
Florida 511 wins Transportation Achievement Award | Thank you, Florida 511! |
Florida Events in December | 511 Photo of the Month
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Keep Your Holiday Spirits Up with Florida 511

Drivers should prepare for crowded roadways throughout Florida this month, as more than 4 million travelers are expected to stream into the Sunshine State to visit world-famous attractions, play on sandy beaches and attend family gatherings and celebrations.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) encourages holiday travelers to plan ahead by using the Florida 511 Traveler Information System to receive real-time traffic alerts for a safe and on-time arrival.

The free Florida 511 mobile app, available on Google Play and the Apple App Store, provides real-time incident and road closure information. It also offers alternate routes in the event of crashes or congestion.

In addition to the mobile app, the Florida 511 system offers holiday motorists several other ways to receive traffic updates.

Check Box Visit FL511.com for interactive roadway maps showing traffic congestion, crashes, travel times and traffic camera views
Check Box Follow one or more of the 13 statewide, regional or roadway-specific Twitter feeds (#FL511).
Check Box Call 511 toll-free for updates.
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Florida 511 Traffic Cameras: CCTV for Yourself

You get a Florida 511 text alert saying there is congestion on your route. What does that congestion really look like? You can see for yourself with thousands of closed circuit television (CCTV) traffic cameras available to view at FL511.com and through the free Florida 511 mobile app.

The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Regional Traffic Management Centers (RTMC) across the state monitor these cameras for crashes and congestion, and also broadcast these views to the general public. Do you watch your local news in the morning and see the traffic reporters standing in front of a live roadway camera feed? There is a good chance they are receiving the feed from FDOT and Florida 511.

Do you want to see your favorite traffic cameras on the FL511.com homepage as soon as you log in to your free My Florida 511 account? Florida 511’s new My Cameras feature has you covered. If you do not already have a My Florida 511 account, you can register on the homepage. Once you are signed in, check Cameras in the Map Legend on the right to display all available traffic cameras as icons on the map. Find your favorite cameras and click Add for each one. The images will now appear in a slideshow under the My Routes tab. There is no limit to the number of cameras you can save.

The traffic camera views on the website are static and updated at least every minute. However, this will soon be changing. With a future update, the Florida 511 website will host live streaming cameras from across the state. This will enhance your user experience by providing a continuous view of what’s happening on your favorite or most-frequented roadways.

Avoid Missing a Snap during
College Football Bowl Season with Florida 511
Florida Classic

Attending one of the 10 postseason college football games in Florida during the 2016-17 bowl season? Choose the fastest and safest route to get to the stadium before kickoff using real-time traffic information on the Florida 511 Traveler Information System.

Before leaving on game day, visit FL511.com and check the interactive statewide road map on the home page to find out if crashes, construction or other traffic incidents are causing congestion and delays along your planned route. If you sign up for a My Florida 511 personalized services account on the website, you can create one or more custom routes to the stadium and receive up-to-the-minute, route-specific email or text traffic alerts.

During your pre- and postgame commutes, receive up-to-the-minute traffic information by downloading the free Florida 511 mobile app, calling 511 toll-free or by following one or more of the 13 statewide, regional or roadway-specific Twitter feeds.

2016-17 Postseason College Football Games in Florida
(All times Eastern Standard)

AutoNation Cure Bowl
American Athletic vs. Sun Belt
Camping World Stadium, Orlando
Saturday, Dec. 17
Kickoff 5:30 p.m.

Miami Beach Bowl
American Athletic vs. MAC
Marlins Park, Miami
Monday, Dec. 19
Kickoff 2:30 p.m.

Boca Raton Bowl
American Athletic vs. C-USA
FAU Stadium, Boca Raton
Tuesday, Dec. 20
Kickoff 7 p.m.

St. Petersburg Bowl
ACC/ND vs. American Athletic
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
Monday, Dec. 26
Kickoff 11 a.m.

Russell Athletic Bowl
ACC/ND vs. Big 12
Camping World Stadium, Orlando
Wednesday, Dec. 28
Kickoff 5:30 p.m.

Capital One Orange Bowl
ACC vs. Big Ten/SEC/ND
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens
Friday, Dec. 30
Kickoff 8 p.m.

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC/ND
Camping World Stadium, Orlando
Saturday, Dec. 31
Kickoff 11 a.m.

TaxSlayer Bowl
SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC/ND
EverBank Field, Jacksonville
Saturday, Dec. 31
Kickoff 11 a.m.

Outback Bowl
Big Ten vs. SEC
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
Monday, Jan. 2
Kickoff 1 p.m.

CFP National Championship
Semifinal Winner vs. Semifinal Winner
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
Monday, Jan. 9
Kickoff 8:30 p.m.

Florida 511 wins Transportation Achievement Award
Article 3 Image FDOT ITS Program Development Engineer Russell Allen, left, and ITE Florida Section President Sage Kamiya

The Florida 511 Traveler Information System recently won the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) John W. Barr District 10 Transportation Achievement Award. Florida 511 Program Manager Russell Allen accepted the award Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at the Transpo 2016 Awards Banquet in West Palm Beach. “It was impressive that the governor recognized Russell for his hard work in updating and upgrading the 511 system,” Larry Hagen, a judge on ITE’s awards committee. The John W. Barr District 10 Transportation Achievement Award was created in 1997 and recognizes significant and outstanding achievements by organizations concerned with transportation that demonstrate advancements in transportation engineering and planning. In 1999, the District 10 Board of Directors voted to rename the award in honor of John W. Barr for his outstanding contributions and distinguished service to transportation engineering and planning.

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Thank you, Florida 511!
See what some Florida 511 users have to say about us:

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  "Thank you Florida 511 for helping me avoid rush hour traffic today!"

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  Amy (Tampa)
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  "Thanks to the new #FL511, I got a text about an increased travel time and knew to leave my house a few minutes earlier and made it to work!"

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  Stephen (Orlando)
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  "Thank you Florida 511 for saving my commute home."

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  Keri (Gainesville)
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Florida Events in December

December is the very heart of the holiday season. From boat parades to carnivals, every region of the Sunshine State has something to offer Florida residents and tourists. If you’re hitting the road this month to check out some of the following featured events, it’s better to know before you go, so visit the Florida 511 Traveler Information System before heading out to plan ahead for a safe, on-time arrival.

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Nov 9 – Jan 31
Night of Lights (St. Augustine)

Historic St. Augustine kicks off the holiday season with the annual Night of Lights. For the 23rd consecutive year, more than 3 million lights will adorn the city to reflect the welcoming attitude of the holiday season. For visitors hoping to see the best displays, numerous tours on both land and sea will take you through the most popular areas of the event. The event is free to the public. For a list of tours, visit the St. Augustine website.
Nov 18 – Jan 7
Light Up UCF (Orlando)

The University of Central Florida’s winter wonderland event is one of Central Florida’s biggest holiday attractions. The event has all the holiday favorites like ice skating, pictures with Santa Claus and a film festival featuring holiday classics. During the event, there also will be a Holiday Market for holiday shopping while supporting local businesses. This year’s Holiday Light Show features more than 30,000 lights and snow. Light Up UCF is free to the public, but most attractions do have a cost, so check the Light UP UCF website for prices.
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