Visalia Projects Bring Three Local Motion Awards
The Tulare County Association of Government's (TCAG) 2017 Local Motion Awards held today honored work from around the County, and the City of Visalia was presented with three awards.
TCAG's Local Motion honors the projects, citizens, public officials, and plans that have contributed to transportation planning in Tulare County.
The City of Visalia was first presented with the Innovative and Sustainable Transportation Award for the Fiber-Optic Connectivity for Traffic Signal Interconnection.
The backbone of the Intelligent Transportation System (TIS) Strategic Plan, the Fiber Optic Connectivity project consisted of installing 33,600 linear feet, connecting 15 existing traffic signals. The project provides an enhanced capacity for effective traffic management while providing room to grow.
Taking the award for Outstanding Road Project was the Visalia Parkway Culvert Crossing. The project included the design and construction of a new vehicle and pedestrian crossing over Packwood Creek. The Crossing project includes a Class 1 Trail, two Class II bike lanes and parking on both sides. The Visalia Parkway Culvert Crossing includes 660 feet of street widening that allows for a final striping configuration and has the City's first implementation of new city standard LED street lights.
With a Voice Response System and connection to the Intelligent Transportation System, Visalia's paratransit dispatch software implementation of "Easy Rides" was named the Social Services Transportation Provider award recipient.
The voice response system provides ride-reminders, no-show notifications and sends passenger emergency messages. "Easy Rides" allows dispatchers to schedule trips based on vehicle geographical locations, appointment times, and better-coordinated standing reservations while scheduling trips for Paratransit and Dial-A-Ride.
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