Drivers with alternative fuel vehicles can now find locations in the state where they can fuel up by visiting the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s 511 Travel Information map.
The map’s new “Alternative Fuel Sites” layer shows alternative fuel locations and what types of fuels are offered. The alternative fuels layer is the latest enhancement to the 511 map, which provides travelers with road and travel conditions. Some of the map features include web cameras, rest area locations, road impacts and road conditions.
WYDOT officials know of about 30 alternative fuel sites in the state that offer electric vehicle charging, compressed natural gas, E-85 ethanol blend and biodiesel and they are offering to display alternative fuel sites for other facilities. The sites can be along the interstates, the secondary highways and in the cities.
“The new layer option on our 511 travel information map will help alternative fuel drivers plan their trips in Wyoming,” said Vince Garcia, ITS/GIS program manager. “This is a vital service that WYDOT is providing to travelers now that more people are driving alternative fuel vehicles.”
WYDOT is also ensuring the map’s alternative fuels sites are accurate by enabling users to submit corrections, additions or deletions. When a person clicks on the alternative fuel icon, they will see the address of the site and a link where they can submit changes or offer additional sites.
Other additions to the 511 map WYDOT added earlier this year included a real-time weather radar, long-term weather watches and warnings and short-term weather advisories from the National Weather Service.
The traveling public also relies on the Wyoming Travel Information website for the most current information, statistics from WYDOT’s ITS/GIS indicated. In 2016, the website broke a record with more than 1 billion hits, which included views of the map and other parts of the website.
For the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, travelers used the 511 website extensively. In the seven days leading up to the eclipse, the text portion of the website, the map and web cameras had about 12.5 million hits from about 350,000 people, information from WYDOT’s ITS/GIS program indicated.
“Each year we see the demand for travel information grow,” Garcia said. “People rely on this information, so they can make good travel decisions. Year after year our website views grow, and we’re continually breaking records for views.”
Motorists can visit the 511 website to view the map and other information.