Sample costs collected by the 511 Deployment Coalition represent what deployers may encounter when planning or implementing a 511 system.
The labor category includes personnel that are working on and providing support to the 511 system. Personnel costs include program management, research on existing 511 systems (e.g., scanning tours by management and technical personnel to existing 511 deployments), training on new software and hardware, policy/procedure development, and consultants hired to assist with the initial phases and operation of the 511 system. Generally, labor costs are highest in the earlier phases of 511 deployment.
The equipment category includes software and hardware purchased for the 511 system and also includes associated upgrades and expansions to integrate existing traveler information systems with the 511 system. Recurring costs after the system has been deployed typically involve software license renewals and hardware upgrades.
Because 511 is a telephone based system, there are telecommunications cost associated with the system both in initial implementation and operations. Central office reprogramming and switching fees vary between telecommunication providers. Tariffs, toll free lines, and call transfers continue throughout the operations of the system as do management of cell tower issues.
The costs associated with complying with the 511 Deployment Coalition Guidelines with regard to content of the 511 system are included in the 511 content upgrades category. Examples of costs included in 511 content preparation include Internet bandwidth charges, telephony charges, and fees for content transmission or reception.
The 511 marketing cost include the initial and ongoing costs of outreach and advertisement to the traveling community. Costs include initial focus groups and surveys, signage/brochures, radio and television advertisement, as well as any public forum promotion/events. These costs will vary depending on the size of the service area, 511 content, and other factors. Call volume can increase based on related elements of a marketing campaign.
The costs to design, build, and implement 511 traveler information systems can vary widely depending on the size of the system and availability of existing operational traveler information systems (e.g., web sites, transit call centers, road condition hotlines). Since most areas can leverage parts of the existing infrastructure to establish 511, they will not have to build a system from scratch. In California, the estimated payback of comprehensive statewide traveler information was estimated to be $100 in benefits to travelers for every $1 invested over the next 20 years by utilizing the data generated in other infrastructure systems.
Average development costs and cost-per call measures that account for operations and maintenance costs have been recognized as useful comparative measures to assist deployers with developing appropriate budgets. Data collected from several statewide and metropolitan systems show the average development cost is $415,683 (ranging from $133,000 to $1,028,000), and the average cost-per-call is $1.08 (ranging from $0.12 to $2.84).
Author: The 511 Deployment Coalition
Published By: The 511 Deployment Coalition
Source Date: May 2004
Other Reference Number: Report No. 04174-PL-04URL: http://www.deploy511.org/docs/511_Value.pdf
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