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March 29, 2005

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Kansas City Scout System Is Finalist in National Awards Competition

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - The Kansas City Scout System earns top transportation technology honors from the nation's authority in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) - ITS America. ITS America chose the Scout traffic management system, among others throughout the country, as an award finalist in its Public Safety category. Winners will be announced during the organization's annual meeting May 2, 2005.

Kansas City Scout began operating in January 2004. It is a congestion-management and traveler-information system implemented by the Kansas and Missouri departments of transportation (KDOT, MoDOT). It offers KC-area drivers the latest in technology and communication to help make their freeway travel safer, faster, and more manageable. Elements include traffic sensors, closed-circuit television cameras, electronic message boards, highway advisory radio, a real-time traffic web site, and Motorist Assist and emergency response services.

Those elements merge in a traffic management center (TMC) located inside MoDOT's district headquarters in Lee's Summit. TMC staff monitor traffic on nearly 80 miles of Kansas City's most congested freeways and responds to traffic incidents. The Scout system includes portions of Interstate 435, I-35, US 69 and K-10 in Kansas and portions of interstates 435, 35, 470, 670, 70; highways 71 and 169; and Route 9 on the Missouri side.

ITS America's "Best of ITS Awards" is the only program in the world that recognizes the best and brightest of the intelligent transportation community.

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