South Dakota has a traveler information system called the Advanced Traveler and Weather Information System (ATWIS). This system is now accessed by dialing #SAFE on cellular telephones only. Information is also available by land line via four telephone numbers available throughout the state that provide traveler information. To permit statewide 511 to replace these existing systems, decisions need to be made regarding what information will be available via 511, who will pay for them, and what funding mechanisms exist.
Research is needed to investigate technical and institutional issues associated with establishing and operating 511 statewide in South Dakota. The research would address concerns of phone and cellular providers, state and local agencies, and the traveling public at large. The work would produce a plan for practical deployment of 511 in the state.