Cost

Annual operating costs for the Greater Yellowstone Regional Traveler and Weather Information Systems (GYRTWIS) 511 system in Montana were about $196,000 per year for 2004 and 2005.


July 2004 and July 2006
Statewide,Montana,United States


Summary Information

In January 2003, Montana DOT (MDT) implemented its 511 system to provide travelers with traffic and road weather conditions. The 511 traveler information system is a part of the Greater Yellowstone Regional Traveler and Weather Information Systems (GYRTWIS) project. The GYRTWIS project integrated the #SAFE weather forecast and road condition system with the SAFE-PASSAGE pavement thermal model system. The GYRTWIS will be accessible via landline and mobile phones using the 511 phone number.

The cost to implement GYRTWIS 511 includes system development; voice recognition system; marketing; addition of regional reports, AMBER (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response), Homeland Security, and general transportation alerts; and addition of Glacier National Park (GNP) to 511. Annual operating cost for 2004 and 2005 include contracted services and equipment lease; toll charges; marketing; operating cost for the alert systems; and provision of GNP information. The costs are detailed in the table below.

Description
Capital
Costs
2004 O&M Costs
2005 O&M Costs
Cost to build associated system interface components (database and weather model for Montana)
$89,700
Operating cost for a state-wide 511 traveler information system excluding toll-charges
$135,005
$142,781
Toll charges for public access to 511 infrastructure
$51,848
$43,949
Capital improvement for the addition of voice recognition
$5,400
Marketing costs (annual costs are approximate)
$66,000
$5,000
$5,000
Capital improvement for AMBER, Homeland Security, and general transportation alerts
$18,046
Annual operating cost for alert system (statewide for 2004; MDT and GNP for 2005)
$3,600
$3,600
Capital improvement for the addition of regional reports over 511
$8,854
Capital improvement for the addition of GNP to 511 and the 511 menu restructure (cost split between MDT and GNP)
$3,000*
Toll charges for the public to access the GNP information (Paid by GNP)
$400
Interactive voice response charges for having GNP information on 511. (Paid by MDT/$50 per month/GNP info was on system for 4 months of 2005)
$200
TOTAL
$191,000
$195,453
$195,930
    * Capital cost incurred 2005
Notes:
See also: Final Evaluation Report for the Greater Yellowstone Regional Traveler and Weather Information System (GYRTWIS). Report prepared for the U.S. DOT by SAIC, Task 9826. 30 December 2003.


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Source

Greater Yellowstone Regional Traveler and Weather Information Systems (GYRTWIS) 511 Implementation

Published By: ITS Joint Program Office, U.S. DOT

Source Date: July 2004 and July 2006


System Cost

Cost to implement GYRTWIS 511: $188,000.

2004 operating cost: $195,453.

2005 operating cost: $195,930.

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Cost ID: 2005-00089