September 19, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

Transportation Management Center Recognized by International Engineering Group

The Institute of Transportation Engineers has recognized the Transportation Management Center of the Ozarks (TMC) as a significant accomplishment in the transportation sector.

The international group recently awarded the TMC the "Transportation Achievement Award for Facilities" at its 2011 Annual Meeting and Exhibit in St. Louis. ITE Midwestern District President Doug Ripley will be present at tonight's Springfield City Council meeting to formally present the award to Transportation Management Center staff. Ripley will be available for media interviews following the presentation, which will take place near the beginning of tonight's 6:30 p.m. Council meeting at Historic City Hall, 830 Boonville Ave.

The Transportation Management Center of the Ozarks was developed through a partnership between the Missouri Department of Transportation and the City of Springfield. The new TMC is 11,500 square feet and anticipates meeting LEED Gold Certification standards. The $3.2 million project's primary goals are to increase customer service, improve system-wide safety in the region and reduce both system congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. The ITE has cited this state/city partnership as "an exemplary model for others to follow."

The ITE Transportation Achievement Award for Facilities recognizes significant accomplishments by government agencies, legislative bodies, consulting firms, industry and other private-sector organizations in the transportation profession.

Founded in 1930, ITE is a community of transportation professionals including, but not limited to transportation engineers, transportation planners, consultants, educators and researchers. ITE has nearly 17,000 members working in more than 90 countries. It is an international educational and scientific association of transportation professionals who are responsible for meeting mobility and safety needs. ITE facilitates the application of technology and scientific principles to research, planning, functional design, implementation, operation, policy development and management for any mode of ground transportation.

For more information, contact: Phil Broyles, Director of Public Works, (417) 864-1902; or Jason Haynes, Traffic Engineer – Transportation Management, (417) 864-1167.

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Department of Public Works

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1900 • springfieldmo.gov