This tool was a 2013 John and Jane Public Competition winner. From TRB Committee ADA 60: The SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct’s south end, between South Holgate and South King streets, is being replaced with two side-by-side bridges. In addition, the structure’s waterfront section is being replaced with a bored tunnel beneath downtown Seattle. Parsons Brinckerhoff created a flash tool that allows the public to see the project at key points in the schedule and to view detour routes and impacted areas from different angles. SR 99 through downtown Seattle carries approximately 110,000 vehicles daily, so public outreach and information has been critical. Since its inception, Parsons Brinckerhoff has continued to work with Washington State Department of Transportation to revise and update the tool to reflect current schedules and milestones.
This model was a 2013 John and Jane Public Competition winner. From TRB Committee ADA 60: There are many ways to show transport model results. For example, results can be shown within the modeling software interface itself, within a spatial software interface such as MapInfo or ArcGIS, or even analysis interfaces such as Microsoft Excel. The downside of all these methods are that the viewer would need some form of license to access the software. To improve the accessibility for users who only want to view and analyze model results, Sinclair Knight Merz developed a tool that converts these results into the Google Earth software platform. Link- and node-based results can be shown seamlessly and interactively in a three-dimensional form with an imagery background. With a simple click of any link, viewers are able to see detailed data, such as total private vehicles, commercial vehicles, volume-to-capacity ratio, posted speed, modeled speed, and other scenario information.
This project won an honorable mention in the 2012 John and Jane Public Competition. From TRB Committee ADA 60: The objective of GreenCityStreets.com is to communicate complex transport planning concepts to the public thereby helping them provide better input/improvement suggestions and helping build political support for difficult policy choices. The project consists of a website, wiki, social network and game.
This project was the 2011 John and Jane Public Competition winner. From TRB Committee ADA 60: The WSDOT Communications Team works year-round to establish its credibility as the first and best source of information. The team also keeps working on ways to educate the public on best practices for winter preparedness, where to get information and safe driving techniques in snow and ice. To keep drivers and the economy moving, WSDOT sent out printed materials to tire stores before winter, participated in public preparedness events and hosted media events at its materials warehouses to highlight what it would use during storms. After years of being recognized for its communication strategies, during the 2010-2011 fall and winter season, the WSDOT Communications team further increased its strategic resource sharing and reached out to find new communications tools and techniques. The 2010-2011 winter presented WSDOT with challenges. Multiple, unseasonably heavy and widespread snow and ice storms hit a region unaccustomed to snow and ice. Drivers had high expectations of WSDOT to deliver up-to-the-minute information and keep thousands of miles of road clear. WSDOT uses both traditional tools and cutting edge new technologies (blogs, social media, smartphone apps, and skype) to ensure people are prepared and informed. These cutting-edge tools take emergency communications to the next level, but staff also remember the rule of "make new but keep the old" and maintains its traditional media outreach, such as live radio reports, which studies show is a vital tool in emergency communications. Combining the new and keeping a focus on traditional provide the best methods to communicate to the public in an emergency, keeping the economy moving and giving drivers information to make the best and safest travel decisions.
WSDOT uses an interactive map to show how WSDOT’s ferries are performing on Washington’s marine highways. This Gray Notebook map is updated quarterly and provides route details including how many riders were served, how reliable the service was and what percentage of vessels were on time. The map provides a unique visual tour experience of the ferries system to supplement the Gray Notebook.
WSDOT looks at pavement conditions through the eyes of drivers and with cross-section illustrations to show the how pavement can deteriorate throughout during its lifecycle. The infographic in Gray Notebook 56 compares past trends and provides future projections, describing not only how many lane miles and vehicle miles traveled fall into categories ranging from very good to very poor, but what fiscal impacts can be expected at each stage.
Keeping commercial trucks moving on Washington state’s highway is vital to the economy, improves traffic flow and reduces impacts to the environment. Gray Notebook 57 Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks Annual Report explains how the CVISN system achieves all these tasks while saving the trucking industry millions of dollars and tens of thousands of hours each year.
Interactive online maps allow stakeholders to delve deeper into WSDOT’s performance data, ranging from ferry routes’ performance to in-depth stories about mitigation wetlands. Maps feature WSDOT’s work around the state, graphs, data and links to additional online resources from the agency.
WSDOT’s spiral graphs show the extra time drivers in Washington state spent in traffic due to increased traffic volumes. The graphs allow readers to visualize when and where the most intense delay occurred, and how it differs by direction of travel.
DISCLAIMER: The opinions and conclusions expressed or implied herein are not necessarily those of the Transportation Research Board, the National Academies, or the program sponsors. NCHRP Project 20-24(93)B(02) was sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, and was conducted in the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, which is administered by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.