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Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT)

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has established a presence on four popular web-based social networking sites: Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Blogger. These sites will allow for wider dissemination of news releases, traffic alerts and other important messages to motorists.

While social networking websites are popular among younger drivers who favor the Internet over traditional forms of media, they are also becoming increasingly popular among all users of the Internet. Government agencies, including several other state transportation departments, are using new media tools such as social networking sites to enhance their efforts to provide information to the public.

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Social networking sites function differently than standard web pages and feature the consolidation of different information sources onto one page, often with information “pushed” to them. These websites generally require individuals to register and select sources they wish to “follow” with updates flowing to their social networking pages automatically.

“We hope this new initiative will provide another venue so that we can better serve the motoring public,” RIDOT Director Michael P. Lewis said. “The Department hopes to broaden its reach to the public by staying abreast of changes in information technology, and this will complement the traditional methods of informing the public of important changes with Rhode Island’s transportation infrastructure.”

RIDOT's social networking pages will be updated at the same time RIDOT issues press releases, traffic advisories or other news. Among the automated information updates available to those who chose to follow these sites are regular traffic alerts providing brief statements about time and location of crashes, disabled vehicles or other problems that might block travel lanes or otherwise slow down traffic.

The sites RIDOT will now be providing updates to include:

RIDOT will continue to use its main website, www.dot.ri.gov, to provide a wide range of information related to the Department and its activities.

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