NORTHWAY EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SYSTEM

DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ADIRONDACK NORTHWAY, WHICH TRAVELS THROUGH URBAN, SUBURBAN, AND REMOTE RURAL AREAS, NEW YORK STATE INSTALLED A 2-WAY VOICE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, NORTHWAY EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SYSTEM (NETS), WITH TELEPHONES SPACED AT 1/2-MILE INTERVALS ON EACH SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY. THE OBJECTIVES WERE TO DETERMINE: (1) THE NEED THAT NORTHWAY TRAVELERS HAVE FOR AN EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION SYSTEM; (2) THE USE OF THE SYSTEM BY THE MOTORING PUBLIC; (3) THE NATURE OF THE RELATIONS THAT ARE FOUND BETWEEN THE USE OF THE TELEPHONE SYSTEM AND PARAMETERS, (SUCH AS TRAFFIC VOLUME, TRIP PURPOSE, TRIP LENGTH, VEHICLE TYPE, SEX AND NUMBER OF VEHICLE OCCUPANTS, AND TIME OF DAY WHEN THE TELEPHONE IS USED) AND THAT WOULD INDICATE DISPROPORTIONATE NEEDS FOR EMERGENCY TELEPHONES BY PARTICULAR TRAVELERS; AND (4) THE COST AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS TYPE OF SYSTEM BOTH TO MOTORISTS AND TO PUBLIC AGENCIES. SURVEYS OF STOPPED MOTORISTS AND OF THE GENERAL TRAFFIC STREAM WERE TAKEN AND OTHER PERTINENT DATA WERE COLLATED. THE IMPORTANT RESULTS ARE AS FOLLOWS: (1) EIGHTY-NINE PERCENT OF THE MOTORISTS KNOW ABOUT THE SYSTEM; (2) FIFTY PERCENT OF THE STOPPED MOTORISTS NEED ASSISTANCE; AND (3) EIGHTY-ONE PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE NEEDING ASSISTANCE WOULD USE NETS TO OBTAIN THE ASSISTANCE. IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT NETS PROVED TO BE AN EFFECTIVE SYSTEM. /AUTHOR/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 48-49
  • Monograph Title: Communications and emergency services
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00226147
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309019737
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-011 999
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 7 2001 12:00AM