Can Singing Roads Help Manage Speed? NMDOT and NatGeo May Find Out

Sometimes transportation stories take some interesting turns. This one from New Mexico Department of Transportation might prove to be not only fun, but also help manage a nagging speeding problem.

The National Geographic program, Crowd Control, which features the singing highway, will air Nov. 24.

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Annual Survey Shows States Still Driving Toward Greater Social Media Usage

The 2014 State DOT Social Media Survey shows states overwhelmingly prefer Facebook and Twitter over other social media tools.

The 2014 State DOT Social Media Survey shows states overwhelmingly prefer Facebook and Twitter over other social media tools.

The fifth annual state department of transportation social media survey results were released last month at the annual meeting of TransComm, the AASHTO Subcommittee on Transportation Communications.

(Editor’s note: Full disclosure, I work at AASHTO and oversee the annual survey of state DOTs. Much of the discussion below comes from observations while reviewing raw survey data.)

The survey, started in 2009, confirms what we all probably already suspect. State DOTs are heavily invested in social media outreach both in the operations and public involvement areas. The 2014 survey confirms that not only are the state DOTs utilizing social media tools, many are doing so at a very sophisticated level.
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Fun, creative VDOT video promotes traveler information services

Sometimes fun is the perfect strategy. The Virginia Department of Transportation’s new traveler information video is clever and fun.

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New York State DOT hits home with new work zone PSA

The New York State Department of Transportation this week released a new public safety announcement video that hits close to home for anyone who has worked on the road, with those who work on the road or each morning kiss their loved one goodbye hoping they return from working on the road. Here’s the formal announcement from Gov. Cuomo.

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