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  1. December 15, 2015

    Ohio DOT: Taking Care of What We Have
    Preservation Video

    This animated video introduces basic concepts related to infrastructure asset preservation, investment, and performance. The agency notes that "Most people notice when ODOT builds something new, but we actually spend 93% of our time and resources preserving our transportation system. We continue to implement new, smarter ways to improve safety and protect Ohio’s investment in the more than 43,000 miles of roads and 14,000 bridges that ODOT maintains."
  2. September 23, 2016

    Missouri DOT Transportation Funding

    This infographic shares information on the sources of transportation funding for Missouri DOT, as well as how the agency spends their money. The infographic is based on statistics from Fiscal Year 2015.

  3. How would you invest San Francisco’s transportation dollars: Be the City’s budget czar for a day!

    This tool was a 2012 John and Jane Public Competition winner. From TRB Committee ADA 60: The San Francisco County Transportation Authority is in the process of updating the San Francisco Transportation Plan, a 28‐year plan that establishes transportation investment priorities countywide. To educate the public about the difficult trade‐offs involved and especially to obtain input on spending priorities, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority has developed an interactive online budgeting tool. Titled “How would you invest San Francisco’s transportation dollars: be the City’s budget czar for a day!” it consists of a webpage that guides users through a series of transportation spending options under three expenditure categories: maintenance and operations; programs; and capital projects. The budgeting tool follows the trend of “gamification,” which uses game‐design techniques to make non‐game contexts more engaging and accessible.

  4. Terminus: Transportation Planning In Game Form

    This project won an honorable mention in the 2012 John and Jane Public Competition. From TRB Committee ADA 60: Created originally as a means to educate high school-age students on transportation planning and policy negotiation, Terminus is a game that brings together aspects of long- and short-range regional planning, with components drawn from Georgia’s recent regional transportation referendum process. By placing participants into the role of an elected official and asking them to negotiate with the other jurisdictions in their region for the resources to build projects, players have a chance to learn complex lessons firsthand.

  5. Talking Trade-Offs: Using interactive public involvement techniques to prioritize investment on Minnesota’s state highways

    This project was a 2012 John and Jane Public Competition winner. From TRB Committee ADA 60: Traditionally, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has used an open house format to communicate ideas and concepts in the State Highway Investment Plan update. Desiring a more robust public involvement element, the recent update uses a variety of communication techniques to better educate and engage the public in the difficult risk and investment trade-offs. In addition to using standard outreach techniques, such as maintaining a project website, using social media (Facebook and Twitter), and updates via a project email list, MnDOT implemented several innovative tools. Examples are a budgeting exercise, webinars, and an online tool to assess the values of the public and identify where citizens want greater investment along the state’s highways.
  6. January 1, 2014

    2014 Winter Social Media Reponse

    In 2014, Michigan endured one of its harshest winters on record. The Michigan Department of Transportation used social media, particularly Facebook, to engage the public and keep them informed about winter maintenance activity, as well as to provide safety tips
  7. June 1, 2013

    Fortify: The I-40/440 Rebuild Project

    An 11.5-mile stretch of a major highway in Raleigh is in dire need of repair, but the 3-year project is predicted to cause severe traffic congestion, interrupting the economy and quality of life. To avoid this problem, transporation officials have established a campaign to raise project awareness and establish incentives to get 30,000 motorists to seek other routes and/or means of travel during peak commute times.
  8. June 1, 2014

    Texas Transportation Plan 2040, Paying for Transportation: Why Maintaining Infrastructure is Important, Typical Life Cycle Costs of a Highway

    This guide is provided to educate users on different strategies and associated costs of longterm roadway maintenance, and is to assist users of the Texas Transportation Plan 2040 online tool build a proposed budget.
  9. November 1, 2013

    Texas Transportation Plan 2040 Investment Challenge – Opening screen, Spanish

    This interactive online tool was used to engage the the Spanish speaking public as a way to increase and diversify stakeholder involvement in shaping the Texas Transportation Plan 2040. After presented with investment scenarios, and asked about concerns and priorities, users had the opportunity to create a proposed annual budget and forecast statewide transportation performance.
  10. November 1, 2013

    Texas Transportation Plan 2040 Investment Challenge – Opening screen, English

    This interactive online tool was used to engage the public as a way to shape the Texas Transportation Plan 2040. After presented with investment scenarios, and asked about concerns and priorities, users had the opportunity to create a proposed annual budget and forecast statewide transportation performance