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 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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Transportation As Symphony

Regular readers know that I’m a big fan of video. This new clip from the Virginia Department of Transportation does a fantastic job of describing how new technology will help keep things in “tune” along the state’s Interstate 66.

Video rising: News consumers, mobile devices make video critical storytelling tool

Video is a powerful tool for telling stories.

That’s obvious in how YouTube.com has become the second most popular internet search engine. And, last month the¬†Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism released a report showing that there is a growing symbiotic relationship between news media and news consumers on YouTube. Which means that the news outlets are increasingly delivering news that is viewed on YouTube but also that those news outlets are increasingly using citizens’ video in their broadcasts.

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