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  1. Transportation During Emergency Situations, Notify NY

    This program won an honorable mention in the 2011 John and Jane Public Competition. From TRB Committee ADA 60: Notify NYC is a voluntary program designed by the New York City Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications to enhance New York City’s emergency public communications. It serves as the City of New York’s official source for information about emergency events and important city services, providing New Yorkers in all five boroughs with real-time updates on what they need to know, when they need to know it. Registration is free and simple. Users can choose to receive notifications by e-mail, SMS/text, and/or recorded telephone calls, and can request information related to specific ZIP codes. Notifications are also sent to OEM’s Twitter page and can be delivered to taxi drivers, or on electronic road signs operated by the Department of Transportation. Notify NYC has proven to be an invaluable tool in helping keep tens of thousands of New Yorkers informed about emergencies, school closings, transportation issues and other special events. To date, 69,361 New Yorkers have signed up to receive Notify NYC alerts. More than 1,200 messages have been disseminated, ensuring that New Yorkers receive the emergency information they consider to be significant. In sharing critical information with a community of participants, Notify NYC is an indispensable addition to the city’s emergency communications tools.
  2. June 1, 2015

    The Changing Logistics Ecosystem: Complexity Drives Data Use

  3. Norfolk Southern Exhibition Car

    This project won an honorable mention in the 2014 John and Jane Public Competition. From TRB Committee ADA 60: Norfolk Southern’s showcase on wheels, the Exhibition Car is a rolling museum of modern transportation technology. It has served as a goodwill ambassador for Norfolk Southern and the rail industry. In three decades of service as an Exhibition Car, NS 27 has opened its doors to more than 1.5 million people in some 300 cities where the car has toured. The exhibit car features the following: Displays inside the car illustrate how people and technology support freight safely. Locomotive simulator provides visitors a chance to see life from an engineer’s point of view. Mock-up of a locomotive combines computer animation with realistic controls – complete with horn, throttle, and brake – to demonstrate the dangers of trespassing on railroad property. Train-dispatching center uses video presentations and a lighted system board to portray movements on an imaginary operating division, and illustrate how people in a dispatching office – the nerve center of the railroad – manage hundreds of trains daily to provide safe and efficient transportation services.

  4. 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.

  5. METRO Communicating During Emergencies

    This project was a 2011 John and Jane Public Competition honorable mention winner. From TRB Committee ADA 60: The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is a multi-modal public transportation provider for the Houston/Harris County region. In addition to providing local and commuter bus, paratransit, and light rail services, the region looks to METRO during emergencies to provide transportation services in support of regional evacuations, particularly of citizens with functional and access needs, as well as other emergency transportation needs. Communicating with those citizens is vital during an emergency, and METRO accomplishes this through a variety of methods, including a website, social media, an information phone-line, and traditional media sources.

  6. The Big Move: Engaging the Public on a 25-year Transportation Plan

    This project was a 2013 John and Jane Competition winner. From TRB Committee ADA 60: The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area is Canada’s largest urban region and the fifth largest in North America. The region is growing quickly, and the transportation system has not kept pace with population growth. This underinvestment has left local residents grinding out an 82-minute commute on average every day. The next wave of transportation projects requires $34 billion in public investment. To secure funding, Metrolinx needed to build public understanding about benefits and costs, and solicit input concerning transportation fees, tolls, and taxes. Metrolinx teamed up with MASS LBP, a public engagement firm, to develop and implement a public engagement and communications strategy that educated residents and enabled a two-way conversation about transportation projects and funding. The strategy was based on a three-pronged approach that combined a Conversation Kit, Public Roundtable Meetings and an in-depth Residents’ Reference Panel. Together, these efforts effectively communicated the many elements of The Big Move and empowered residents to learn about the need for – and to provide input into – the transformation of transportation across the region.

  7. Strategic Model Results in 3-D using Google Earth

    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 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.

  9. MoDOT Tracker 10 Year Anniversary Connections Article

    An article in Connections, an online publication for active employees and retirees, on the celebration of 10 Years of Performance Management with the Tracker tool at MoDOT.

  10. MoDOT Tracker 10 Year Anniversary Express Lane Article

    An article in Express Lane, an online publication for transportation-related news and information, on the celebration of 10 Years of Performance Management with the Tracker tool at MoDOT.