Talking Transportation: Filling the pothole story

It’s the best time of year if you love baseball, but the worst time of year if you own or drive a car. Yes, major league baseball players are enjoying sunshine and spring weather as they prepare for a new season. The rest of us are struggling through a different change of seasons – from winter to pothole season – that leaves roadways bumpy, and in some cases dangerous.

State transportation departments have used a variety of tools to engage the public on the topic of potholes. Some have been fun, others serious. In Washington, DC and other states the annual spring push asks the public to help officials locate potholes.

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Transportation Agencies Seem Slow to Adopt Vine

There is a video tool you might not know about. And, even if you know about Vine, you might not be using it, despite its rapidly growing popularity.

Last month, Twitter, which owns Vine, announced that it has registered 40 million users in its first eight months of service. Initially only available for iPhones, the Vine mobile app was made available to Android users in July and a Windows version was announced in July, as well. Continue reading

Talking Bridges: Two Bridges, Two Wonderful Stories

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The traditional chain-cutting opened the new Bay Bridge in California on Labor Day 2013

The traditional chain-cutting opened the new Bay Bridge in California on Labor Day 2013. Photo courtesy BayBridgeInfo.org. See also, First Across: The Bay Bridge Opens to Traffic

The Labor Day weekend was all about bridges with two major events in two different parts of the country. Continue reading

Transportation Performance Measures: Colorado DOT is Making it Personal

Colorado DOT Web Page Sometimes the little things matter a great deal.

State departments of transportation have focused on accountability and transparency — two common catch phrases in our business — for as long as there have been departments. At least a dozen years ago or more state transportation agencies began focusing on how to communicate in a way that helps the public better understand where their money was being spent.

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