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At the top in his field overlooking Downtown Los Angeles, Frank Quon shares his Charles Purcell Award with his  talented staff.  Left to right: Peter Wong, Rosalba Sanchez, Marco Ruano, Frank Quon, Ali Zhagari, Zoe Yue and John Yang.

FRANK QUON RECEIVES THE PRESTIGIOUS PURCELL AWARD
by  Jeanne Bonfilio
Issue Date: 07/2008

Frank Quon's 25-year Caltrans career has showcased his managerial expertise, which symbolizes innovation and sound engineering principles that have made the Department an icon in the transportation industry across the nation and world.

The California Transportation Foundation and Caltrans honored Frank Quon, Deputy District Director for Operations, as the recipient of this year’s esteemed Charles Purcell Award, a prestigious honor presented to individuals who have shown exemplary service in transportation.

With a commitment to Caltrans’ core mission, to Improve Mobility Across California, and a strong belief that his position and role are to provide the highest degree of public service possible, Quon also gives much of the credit for the award to his staff of traffic operations professionals.  “There is a talented and dedicated support structure in my staff,” he said.  “No one individual can do anything without the help of many.” 

Quon's 25-year Caltrans career has showcased his managerial expertise, which symbolizes innovation and sound engineering principles that have made the Department an icon in the transportation industry across the nation and world.  His significant contributions to California’s transportation system include his success during the past 10 years in pioneering and advancing the application of new technology to aid the District in improving mobility in greater Los Angeles, the most congested region in the nation.

Some of Quon’s distinguished career highlights include:

 Managed the implementation of two major Federal Demonstration Projects, the SMART Corridor Project ($50 million) along the Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) and the Southern California Priority Corridor ($40 Million) that covered Districts 7, 8, 11 and 12.  These projects are considered cornerstones in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) strategies across the nation.
 Chairperson for the Priority Corridor Steering Committee throughout the last four years of its existence.
 Directed and implemented District 7’s Advanced Transportation Management Systems (ATMS), one of the largest in the nation.

In addition, Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Southern Division and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) were jointly awarded the “Best of ITS America Partnership Deployment Award” by Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) in 2007. These three state agencies were recognized for the development and construction of the new Los Angeles Regional Transportation Management Center (LARTMC).

 “We have accomplished of a lot of very unique things in District 7 and we have a very creative and innovative team,” added Quon.  “They have a “can do” and “will do” attitude with a common focus: to provide the greatest civil service to the public, who are truly our customers.” 

He also credits Operations and Maintenance employees for working together “behind the scenes,” as the “heartbeat of the Department.”  “They are the people who help deliver the core mission of the Department.  The public does not always see what goes on behind the scenes by these staff members.  The work they do is invisible, but they provide excellent service and outstanding results,” he explained.

And with the recent deployment of alternate route Changeable Message Signs, freeway-to-freeway metering on the Foothill Freeway (I-210), and closed-circuit freeway cameras now available on cellular telephones -- as well as a host of new and exciting innovations in transportation management -- Quon and his staff are happy about their recent accomplishments toward Caltrans mission, and are also looking forward to new and exciting challenges to come. 

Under Quon’s direction, District 7 Operations will continue to be in the forefront in the development and deployment of ITS strategies, working diligently to improve mobility in an area where the population continues to grow without significant increases in transportation facilities. Because of his vision and the support from his team, California is one of the world leaders in the development and deployment of ITS strategies.