Last month the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting brought more than 11,000 people to Washington DC to share research and best practices in all facets of transportation. I was fortunate and honored to have a few minutes to talk about how state departments of transportation are using social media in the public involvement process.
The Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting is one of the most interesting gathering of transportation experts. Each year more than 11,000 people who work in, around and on transportation programs visit Washington DC for a nearly week-long exploration of all things transportation.
Of course, my interest points toward communications and this year specifically I enjoyed hearing from the winners of TRB’s sixth annual “Communicating with John and Jane Q Public” contest sponsored by the planning and environmental group. This year’s competition focused on efforts to engage the public in discussions about transportation finance and related policies.
There was an interesting story that circulated around the local news outlets recently in the Washington DC area. A local special interest group, Collective Action For Safe Spaces, was set to push the DC City Council to ask Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority – known locally as WMATA or Metro (that’s the subway side) – to participate in a public service campaign to raise awareness about sexual harassment in public spaces.