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Judging Criteria

Under Budget

The Under Budget category honors a project demonstrating transportation efficiency while promoting economic and fiscal responsibility. The award recognizes a successful project brought in under budget that provided the greatest cost savings to the state(s) while offering maximum performance.

Judging criteria include:

  • Benefits (40 points)

    • What did customers gain from the project and its ability to come in under budget?
    • Impact/cost/time savings to customers
      • Annual savings
      • Short and/or long-range impact of budget savings
  • Quality Process and Results (30 points)

    • Cooperation and collaboration with project team (contractor/DOT/others) in all stages of the project (development/design/execution)
    • Demonstration that management promoted quality as part of its philosophy of operations (such as partnership, technical and materials innovations, effectiveness and creativity of public involvement, the teams’ effectiveness in meeting or exceeding deadlines and deliverables, responsiveness to environmental needs and opportunities, etc.)
    • Implementation of effective internal project team and organization communications strategies
  • Customer Focus (20 points)
    • Demonstrated public support for the project
    • Magnitude and success of public communications program including early involvement of customers in the planning, design and execution of the final project
  • Economic Benefit (10 points)

    • Examples of economic benefit of the project to local community, regional economy

Best Use of Innovation

This award celebrates excellence in innovative management techniques and use of technology. The award recognizes new policies or procedures and creative transportation solutions that enhance the effective movement of people, goods, and services; increase transportation efficiency and choices; improve safety, accessibility, and aid traffic management; and enhance community life.

Judging criteria include:

  • Benefits (40 points)

    • What was the innovation used in the project and why is that particular technology/policy/process/etc. innovative?
    • Impact/cost/time savings to customers
  • Quality Process and Results (30 points)

    • Cooperation and collaboration with project team (contractor/DOT/others) in all stages of the project (development/design/execution)
    • Demonstration that management promoted quality as part of its philosophy of operations (such as partnership, technical and materials innovations, effectiveness and creativity of public involvement, the teams’ effectiveness in meeting or exceeding deadlines and deliverables, responsiveness to environmental needs and opportunities, etc.)
    • Implementation of effective internal project team and organization communications strategies
  • Customer Focus (20 points)
    • Demonstrated public support for the project
    • Magnitude and success of public communications program including early involvement of customers in the planning, design and execution of the final project
  • Economic Benefit (10 points)

    • Examples of economic benefit of the project to local community, regional economy

Quality of Life/Community Development

The Quality of Life/Community Development category recognizes a transportation project that has contributed to the general quality of life and economic development of local communities. These innovative projects better connect people to businesses, jobs, health care facilities, and recreational activities while encouraging a mix of transportation modes. Priority is given to projects that enhance and support transit and non-motorized transportation. Project nominees should demonstrate community involvement and interaction, and must illustrate the public benefit for customers/users (e.g. – safety, economic development, improved mobility, access to public lands/open spaces).

Judging criteria include:

  • Benefits (40 points)

    • What did the community gain from the project? How will it improve the lives of those in the community?
  • Quality Process and Results (30 points)

    • Cooperation and collaboration with project team (contractor/DOT/others) in all stages of the project (development/design/execution)
    • Demonstration that management promoted quality as part of its philosophy of operations (such as partnership, technical and materials innovations, effectiveness and creativity of public involvement, the teams’ effectiveness in meeting or exceeding deadlines and deliverables, responsiveness to environmental needs and opportunities, etc.)
    • Implementation of effective internal project team and organization communications strategies
  • Customer Focus (20 points)
    • Demonstrated public support for the project
    • Magnitude and success of public communications program including early involvement of customers in the planning, design and execution of the final project.
  • Economic Benefit (10 points)

    • Examples of economic benefit of the project to local community, regional economy

Revised for 2014 Award Competition


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