AGREEMENT REACHED IN PURCHASE OF 1380 WAMS
Dover -- The Delaware Department of Transportation announces that on January 11, a settlement was reached in the purchase of the former WAMS radio station and its primary license and broadcasting frequency of 1380. By late spring of this year the radio frequency will be used to create a Delaware based reporting system to advise motorists of traffic, transit and road conditions across New Castle County and into northern portions of Kent County. Its operation will be a non-revenue generating and commercial free endeavor.
The addition of the radio frequency makes Delaware the first DOT in the country with its own radio station. The Department paid $280,000 for the rights to the AM radio frequency after all Federal Communications Commission regulations were met and the public comment period ended on January 10. The radio station will be incorporated as one piece of the Department's Integrated Transportation Management System (ITMS). ITMS is a series of technology-based tools designed to ease and reduce traffic congestion statewide. These tools include information kiosks, the Department website (www.deldot.net) variable message signs, traffic signal systems and more.
The Department intends to invest $50,000 in a new solid-state transmitter and recording equipment, to allow for the recording and broadcasting of messages from the Transportation Management Center facilities, located at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 72, at Wrangle Hill.
The WAMS frequency is 500-watts. Currently, the Department maintains 10 AM radio transmitters disbursed throughout Delaware that give traffic information to drivers within about a two-mile radius of each site. The new 500-watt AM frequency will replace multiple transmitters in northern Delaware and enable traffic information to be sent out within a much wider area and with much better sound quality from one location.
Broadcast messages on the station will include traffic information, incidents reports, transit bus routes, schedules for trains, and evacuation and emergency information, among other things.