LEE'S SUMMIT, MO. –Kansas City Scout won the 2008 Technical Innovation Award from the Kansas City Chapter of the American
Public Works Association for Scout’s Travel Time Reliability and Incident Management Implementation. The award was established
to provide recognition for an individual, team or organization for the development and implementation of a creative idea, device, process or system that enhances the goals of public works in serving the public and protecting the environment.
The award was presented to E. Jason Sims, Manager of Kansas City Scout, Gina Myles, Community Relations Coordinator and Rusty James,
Incident Management Coordinator at the National Public Works Week luncheon ceremony held today at the Muehlebach Tower, in downtown
Kansas City, Missouri.
Scout’s nomination “Travel Time Reliability and Incident Management, Kansas City’s Scout’s Combination Punch for
Fighting Congestion”, highlighted Scout’s recognition of the need to reduce congestion on area interstates and realization
that conventional methods such as pavement expansion had already been exhausted. As a solution Kansas City Scout launched
Travel Times, with emphasis on Incident Management as key weapons in its fight against congestion in 2007.
Travel Times represents the time it takes a driver, driving at current freeway speeds to travel from one fixed point to another
target. Traffic Incident Management is the process of coordinating resources of different partnering agencies and private
sector companies to identify, respond to, and clear traffic incidents as quickly as possible. With Travel Times and Incident
Management Scout strives to reduce the impact of incidents on safety and congestion. As a result of this program Kansas City
Scout has seen a 30 percent reduction in clearance of incidents on the Scout system.
(Pictured from left to right: Rusty James - Incident Management Coordinator, Gina Myles - Community
Relations Coordinator, E. Jason Sims - Manager of Kansas City Scout with Joel Riggs - Past President of KC Chapter of APWA)