In the not-so-far-off future, we’ll be able to dial 511 to get told that it’s hot outside and that the Gardiner Expressway is backed up. The CRTC has assigned 511 as the new telephone number for weather and traveller information services. The 24-hour, cross-Canada phone service should be in full operation in 2007:
“Once Canada’s 511 service is in place, Environment Canada, one of the partners in the Canada 511 Consortium, will provide current weather information, including warnings about major weather events. Each province could contribute travel information that may include advisories about congestion, road and lane closures due to construction, winter maintenance and road conditions. Various public and private transportation systems could contribute information about scheduling and delays for a variety of sources, including public transit, intercity buses, ferries, rail and air.”
We’re not sure if there’s a charge for dialing 511. Speaking of being charged for dialing, we’re surprised that the 411 service isn’t yet extinct. With 1-800-FREE-411 and as well as dozens of other online phone number/reverse lookup searches), it’s shocking that there’s still someone answering the 411 call to help us out when the robot voice can’t understand what we’re saying.
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