MTC Launches 511 Smart Driving Pilot Program
August 15, 2102
The 511 Smart Driving Pilot Program will occur in two phases, one beginning this fall and the other in winter 2012-13, and aims to test the effect of smart driving techniques over a five- to six-month period. MTC intends to enroll 150 participants from the region's urban core in the trial. If the program proves beneficial, the smart driving concept could be expanded to drivers across the region.
The Smart Driving Pilot is part of MTC’s Climate Initiatives Program, which launched in 2009 and is geared to making modest investments that reduce transportation-related emissions. The Smart Driving Pilot is being presented as an adjunct to MTC’s 511 Traveler Information System, which helps motorists make wise transportation choices by offering fresh traffic and transit information on the phone, on the web and via mobile devices, 24/7 and free of charge.
Smart driving includes techniques that drivers can take to more efficiently operate their vehicles to achieve better fuel economy and lower emissions. These activities include:
The 511 Smart Driving Pilot also will test whether the use of dashboard devices that display real-time fuel usage coupled with smart driving strategies can help drivers improve their gas mileage. The pilot calls for the temporary installation of the in-vehicle devices for a portion of the participants, along with short, biweekly, online smart driving lessons for all participants.
Smart driving activities, when done together, can improve vehicle efficiency by up to 15 percent, and in some cases up to 30 percent, all while reducing the emissions that pollute our air.
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