Home Page

The home page is your entry to the rest of the website. You can always get to the home page by selecting the “HOME” link on the left side of every page (located under the black banner line and above the “Traffic Map”). The other way to get to the home page from anywhere in the site is to click on the 511 logo in the top left corner of the page.

From the home page there are many ways to access information – depending on what you prefer.

Select Your County allows you to see information about a specific county or the whole Southern California area. Click on one of the grey circles to select your geographic area of interest. When you click on it, the circle will turn yellow , indicating the area you selected.

  • All of Southern California
  • Los Angeles
  • Orange County
  • Riverside County
  • San Bernardino County
  • Ventura County

Once a county is selected, the information throughout the site will be specific to that county. If you want to see information for another county or all of Southern California, you can change it at any time from any page.

Main menu navigation at the top of every page includes: Plan Your Trip, Traffic, Buses and Trains, Carpool and Vanpool and Extras. If you hold the mouse over any of the main menu items, a drop-down menu will appear. See the Site Map for all of the navigation features of the main menu.

  • Plan Your Trip – provides shortcuts to planning all modes of travel: the bus and train trip planner, Transit Departure Times information (providing the next scheduled arrival bus/train times), a carpool and vanpool finder provided by Commutesmart.info and current travel times
  • Traffic – provides real-time information displayed in a map and text format for driving on Southern California roadways. Also gives information about Park & Ride Lots, toll roads, and roadside assistance for stranded vehicles
  • Buses and Trains – provides public transit information
  • Carpool and Vanpool – provides carpooling and vanpooling information
  • Extras – provides bicycling, taxi and airport information

Search allows you to type in a keyword and press “Go” to generate a list of all the references to that keyword on the website.

Alerts show scrolling messages that contain important announcements about traffic incidents, major weather and other important information. You can see all of the Alerts clicking on the Alert button to the left of the scrolling banner.

Printer-Friendly displays the same web page in a printer-friendly format. To print the page, go to the printer-friendly page and press the "Print" button, then follow your regular printing process.

Home always takes you back to the 511 home page.

About 511 displays a list of commonly asked questions about 511, and tells you how to contact us with comments.

Help takes you to the help page for the whole website.

Live Freeway Traffic Info takes you to the interactive real-time traffic map.

See Traffic Cameras displays a list of traffic cameras that can be sorted by roadway and direction.

Get Driving Times displays travel times for highways that can be sorted by roadway and direction.

– Click on this link to see information about commuter rail, including links to Metro Rail, Metrolink and Amtrak.

– Click on this link to easily find a transit provider in your area that meets your needs.

– This link takes you to the interactive real-time map which shows live traffic data and information about road closures, incidents, congestion and more.

– Click on this link to access Commutesmart.info, a free service to help you find a carpool or vanpool partner.

– This link takes you to bicycling information resources in Southern California. Here you will find bike maps and information about bike safety, transit with bikes and much more.

The Weather tool on the lower right side of the home page lets you enter a city name or a US ZIP code to display weather for the chosen area provided by The Weather Channel. Close the Weather page by selecting the “x” at the top right of the page.

Footer Menu Navigation consists of the main menu navigation as well as Privacy Policy, Sitemap, Contact Us and Survey.

Help - Find a Transit Provider

The Find a Transit Provider page has a handy tool to help you find the right transit agency and service you need. You can filter agencies by county, city and service type. By default, all fields are set to display all available information. To filter a field, click anywhere on the title of the information field, or the down arrow next to the field, and select an option from the drop-down menu. Scroll down the list and select the desired option (the option will be highlighted in blue). When you select an option, the list of transit providers changes to reflect your choice.

Once you have a list of agencies that meet your needs, you can select one of the agencies in the list beside “Select a Route Provider.” Information for the agency selected will immediately appear in the lower half of the screen. You can change your options, or the agency selected, at any time until you have found the information you need.

The descriptions of transit agencies give basic information about the agency: phone number, website, some general information about the agency and links to its route map, schedules and fares.

Help - List Pages

All of the information displayed on the map is also available in filterable lists. The list pages can be accessed by selecting Traffic (add link) in the main menu and selecting the desired information page from the list displayed. If the traffic page is open, select from the list of traffic options on the left side of the page.

The following information is provided in list format:

Each list page has a set of drop-down menus at the top of the page which allow you to filter the information displayed. Click anywhere on the title of the option or use the down arrow and a drop-down menu displays the options. Click on the desired option. You can limit all options to refine your search.

You can sort the list using any column in the list. For example, to sort a list by direction, click on the word “Direction” at the top of the list and the information will sort by direction.

Driving Travel Times / Traffic Speeds

When you choose Driving Travel Times, the Travel Times List page is displayed. It provides information on actual travel times and average speeds on selected highways. To refine your search, use the drop-down options at the top of the page to filter the list by roadway name and direction. Click anywhere on the title of the information field, or use the down arrow next to the field, and select an option from the drop-down menu. You can select from all fields to refine your search. You can sort the list using any column in the list. For example, to sort a list by direction, click on the word “Direction” at the top of the list and the information will be sorted by direction.

Help - Traffic

The traffic page provides information about travelling on the roads. Data on this page is updated every few minutes. It can help you plan your trip and avoid delays. You can get to the traffic page a number of ways:

  • From anywhere on the website, click Traffic from the main menu.
  • From the home page, click on Live Freeway Traffic Info on the left side of the page.
  • From the home page, click the button.

Traffic Map

The interactive Traffic Map (add link) shows up-to-the-minute information about traffic on major roadways in Southern California. The map is updated every minute and displays the county you choose at the top of the page. To show the entire Southern California region, select “All Counties.”

The traffic map page provides graphical and text information about travel times, road conditions, incidents/Sigalerts, highway camera images, message sign content and traffic speeds. It also gives you access to information about roadside assistance, Park&Ride lots, carpool lanes and toll roads.

You can easily navigate around the traffic map using the pan and zoom functions on the upper left side of the map. Use the “+” to zoom in and the “-“ to zoom out, or slide the cursor between the “+” and “-“ to zoom in and out. You can also move around the map using the arrow keys or by putting your cursor on the map and using the grab function to move around the map.

The inset map on the lower right side of the main map shows your map view in relation to the larger available area. You can use the inset map to change the location of the main map by selecting one of the counties.

Map Content

The map is interactive: you can show just the layers that you want to see by checking the boxes in the Map Legend beside the information you want displayed on the map.

Hovering over an icon on the map will give you a small window that displays details about that icon. The window disappears when you move the mouse away from the icon. To keep the window open, click the icon instead of hovering over it. Close the window by clicking on the "X" in the top right hand corner of the box.

Traffic Speeds/Travel Times - the color of the line on the roadway when the Traffic Speeds box is selected indicates the current average speed on the road segment, according to the colors shown in the legend.

By hovering your mouse over the road segment, a hover box will appear that provides information about the current average speed on that segment and the travel time between the interchanges where the segment begins and ends.

There are Color Options available if you need to change the traffic speed road colors. Click on Color Options to display other options. Select a speed link color combination by clicking on the radio button beside the set of colors you prefer. Then close the option box by pressing the "Hide Color Options" link.

To show the location of Cameras on the roadways, check the box beside Cameras on the Map Legend. The camera icon appears on the map wherever there is a traffic camera.

View the current message on Message Signs on the highway by checking the box beside the Message Sign icon in the legend. Message Sign icons appear on the map wherever there is a message sign displaying a message.

To show the location of Incidents on the roadways, check the box beside Incidents on the Map Legend. The Incident icon appears on the map wherever there is a current incident and the Sigalert icon displays wherever there is a current Sigalert.

To show the location of Road Work on the roadways, check the box beside Road Work on the Map Legend. The Road Work icon appears on the map wherever there is a current road work.

Help - Find Rideshare Options

The website provides a link to ridematch.info, a free service that can help you find a carpool or vanpool match.

Help - Transit Departure Times

Transit Departure Times is an easy way to plan your trip to the minute by providing real-time bus departure and arrival information.

To get to the Transit Departure Times tool, select either Plan Your Trip or Buses or Trains from the Main Menu, then choose Transit Departure Times from the drop-down menu.

Help - Bus/Rail Trip Planner

The Bus/Rail Trip Planner provides a tool to help you plan your trip on public transit. Once you enter your start and end points, options for your trip will be displayed.

You can get to the trip planner by selecting either Plan Your Trip or Buses and Trains on the Main Menu, then choosing Trip Planner from the drop-down menu.

Help - Plan Your Trip

This section of the website helps you find the best way to get where you are going: car, public transit or carpool/vanpool.

Access Services

To find out about accessible and paratransit transportation transit providers and options in your area, please select the appropriate county from the left menu navigation or from the Accessible and Paratransit Services page.

The link in the Overview section to Go511's Find a Transit Provider page will help you find eligibility requirements and other details for specific transit options in your area.

For Los Angeles County: Service Area Lookup

Service area lookup allows you to check whether or not one or two locations are within the Access Services coverage area. Simply enter an address or landmark in the fields marked A and B to find out!