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District 7 will accept a Best of California Award on December 12 for the Los Angeles Regional Transportation Management Center

CALTRANS, CHP and METRO to Share the ‘2007 BEST OF CALIFORNIA ' AWARD
by  Maria Raptis
Issue Date: 12/2007

The award cites innovative use of technology in real-time traffic information

A national information technology research institute has named Caltrans District 7, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) as winners of the 2007 “Best of California Award” for their cooperative work and innovative use of technology at the Los Angeles Regional Transportation Management Center (LARTMC).

The Center for Digital Government (CDG) announced on November 27 that it will present the agencies a “Most Innovative Use of Technology Award” in the project excellence category to the agencies during a ceremony on December 12 in Sacramento.

This is the second industry award for the LARTMC this year.  The center received the prestigious Partnership Deployment Award in June from ITS America, an organization that advocates the development of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in the United States.

“For the LARTMC to be recognized with awards twice this year for its advanced transportation technologies, is a testament to the decades-long commitment that Caltrans and its esteemed partners have to provide California motorists with the best, world-class transportation management facility system,” said Frank Quon, Deputy District 7 Director, Operations.

The State of California’s chief information officer, Clark Kelso, is a member of the CDG evaluation committee. The CDG is a subsidiary of e.Republic, an information technology publishing and research company for state and local governments and education.

“The Best of California gives state and local Information Technology professionals a great opportunity to celebrate our achievements and successes, as well as a convivial setting for sharing experiences and connecting with counterparts at other agencies," says Kelso.

In selecting the three agencies for the award, the CDG acknowledged their “truly outstanding professional accomplishment within the public sector Information Technology community.”

The Regional Integration of Intelligent Transportation Systems (RIITS) Network, developed by Caltrans, Metro and other partners, is the key traffic information data portal system at the LARTMC. The RIITS network enables Caltrans to disseminate real-time traffic information with 17 other regional transportation agencies, including Metro and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT).

All traffic websites in Los Angeles receive their real-time traffic information from the LARTMC, including Sigalert.com, Traffic.com and the Metro real-time traffic website.