New YouTube channel expands PennDOT's interactive outreach

HARRISBURG - PennDOT today announced its new YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/PennsylvaniaDOT, to expand its public outreach on safety and education initiatives, as well as department operations.

"Our YouTube channel is our next step in communicating with our customers in more personal, interactive ways," PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. "The channel is a great way to provide important information to a universal audience. I encourage people to share these resources with their family and friends, or anyone who can benefit from the information."

So far, the new PennDOT YouTube channel includes:

Time lapse video from the May 9 tanker fire at the Interstate 81 and U.S. 22/322 interchange;

educational and safety videos; and features on PennDOT operations and initiatives.

In the future, the department plans to add videos featuring department maintenance operations as well as highway safety efforts.

The channel complements PennDOT's social media outreach on Facebook and Twitter. Since the department launched its official Twitter account - PennDOTNews - in 2010, more than 11,000 followers have signed on. The PennDOT Facebook page, which was launched in September 2012, has more than 12,000 "likes."

In addition to the main PennDOTNews Twitter feed, the department also maintains eight regional Twitter accounts allowing followers to get updated traffic alerts and local PennDOT news.

To visit and "like" the PennDOT Facebook page, visit www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniadepartmentoftransportation.

To interact with PennDOT on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews.

PennDOT's main website, which offers comprehensive information about the agency, its regional offices and the many services offered, is found at www.dot.state.pa.us.