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June 13, 2008

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Kansas City Scout Receives MARC Regional Leadership Award

LEE'S SUMMIT, MO. –The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) bestowed Kansas City Scout with its Regional Leadership Award on Friday June13, 2008. The award recognizes individual and institutions that demonstrate leadership and excellence in the improvement of the quality of life for the region’s citizens. US Senator, Pat Roberts and Missouri State Senator, Chris Koster also received this high honor. Award recipients were honored for advocating regional programs, advancing the vision of the region as a community of excellence, addressing regional challenges, and applying innovative solutions to regional problems.

The award was presented to E. Jason Sims, Manager of Kansas City Scout and Jerry Younger, Kansas Department of Transportation, Deputy Secretary for Engineering & State Transportation Engineer, at a luncheon ceremony held today at the Westin Crown Center, in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

Scout earned the award for its “Travel Time Implementation Project”, which highlights the need to reduce congestion on area interstates and the realization that conventional methods such as pavement expansion had already been exhausted. As a solution Kansas City Scout launched Travel Times, and in a concept new to the nation, combined Travel Time Messaging with Incident Messaging in an innovative two-phase message concept.

Travel Times represents the time it takes a driver, driving at current freeway speeds to travel from one fixed point to another target. Incident Messaging along with Travel Times greater satisfies the commuting public’s desire to receive real time travel information. If an incident occurs, messages are configured to show both travel time messages and incident messages. This information now lets commuters gauge how long it will take to get past the blocked lane(s) coupling travel times with incident information drivers can make informed decisions about alternative routes.

MARC Regional Leadership Award


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