At the end of a 1963 episode of Route 66, titled "Kiss the Monster, Make Him Sleep", Linc calls his estranged father at a number having area code 311. This area code is also used as the area code for Sunnyvale, California (which is actually 408) in the 1983 movie War Games during the "war dialing" sequence where the main character is searching for a video game company's modem pool.
The number 311-555-9845 was used for a radio station hotline in episode 1, season 1, of the TV show A. 311-555-3305 was used in a 1973 episode of "Search" Season 1, Episode 20 "Moments of Madness" as the phone number for the lair of kidnapper Ralph Byron (played by Patrick O'Neal).
The number format follows the N11 code for a group of short, special-purpose local numbers as designated in the North American Numbering Plan.
3-1-1 creates a central hub for constituents to be able to access a variety of city services.
In order to curb this problem, which ties up precious resources, a committee proposes that Finland launch a new telephone number—116 115—for such calls. In Germany, 115 is a single access number to communal, regional and federal administrations.
Sweden has introduced a system where less urgent callers can call 114 14 to get connected to the local police-station.
This fictitious phone number was used in the 1979 horror film When a Stranger Calls; in the opening of the television series The Rockford Files; in the 1984 film Ghostbusters; and on two episodes of the second season of the TV series Mission: Impossible: episode 22 titled "The Killing" (on the killer's phone) and, fourth season, episode 12, titled "Time Bomb" (on a phone at a nuclear plant in a fictitious country).
The unusual occurrence damaged homes and businesses throughout the Orlando area.
The number 3-1-1 is intended in part to divert routine inquiries and non-urgent community concerns from the 9-1-1 number which is reserved for emergency service. Call 3-1-1." 3-1-1 is intended to connect callers to a call center that can be the same as the 9-1-1 call center, but with 3-1-1 calls assigned a secondary priority, answered only when no 9-1-1 calls are waiting.
A promotional website for 3-1-1 in Akron described the distinction as follows: "Burning building? This system is intended to extend the system such that true emergency callers are answered quickly with highest priority.
This number was also used in the 1985 movie Once Bitten: it is on the phone in the dating night club that hangs on the wall behind Jim Carey and Lauren Hutton when they first meet.
311-555-2368 was also used in numerous episodes of The Bionic Woman as the private phone number of Jaime Sommers in her coach house.