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Caltrans offers $25K prize for ideas to improve transportation


Caltrans is giving Californians an opportunity to earn $25,000 in exchange for submitting the most innovative idea to improve transportation and other state services.

Caltrans on Monday launched the new contest "$25K Find a New Way" and is accepting submissions through 5 p.m. on Oct. 13, according to Caltrans officials.

According to the contest website, contest entries must not exceed three single-sided typed pages or be more than 500 words. Contestants are permitted to include a one-minute video and/or five images with their entry.

The winner of the $25,000 will be announced on Dec. 31.

More contest information is available at or the hashtag #25KfindANewWay on Twitter.

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Posted by bike rider
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 3, 2015 at 11:09 am

how about quit building so much new massive construction projects. until that stops there is nothing about "easing" transportation in any sentence. just like the border--until you stop the flow over the border, it doesn't matter what else you do. until the city stops the massive building, the massive traffic will continue. pretty simple concept. how do we get the $25,000?

also, money wasting projects like Oregon Expressway and mind-boggling. what a waste of money that was. talk about massive traffic--it was backed up constantly for 9 to 12 months while that ridiculous project took place. that probably cost millions of dollars, as well. it did provide jobs to Dan Collin in the county transportation dept who over-saw this project.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 3, 2015 at 11:23 am

I am pleased to hear this.

What they are saying in reality is that they don't have a clue how to solve the problems and hope that the people who actually have to move around the Bay Area might come up with some innovative ideas.

First thing I would say is get rid of all the different agencies and bodies in the Bay Area and have one transportation authority covering roads, trains, ferries, including all the different bus authorities, Caltrain, BART, ferry companies. Get them to interact better. Also get some decent shuttles to the airports by bus. These bus shuttles should run up and down 101 and stop at two or three Peninsula locations right beside the highway with good access for people to drop off or wait. Much better than people getting rides to SFO or SJC, just take them to the shuttle stops.

Making transportation easier to negotiate and quicker than personal vehicles will make people use them. Provide clean and efficient buses with wifi on highways like Google etc. do is something that will be seen as a positive incentive to use. It works for Google, but people working at smaller companies need to have the same type of options.

First and last mile issues need to be addressed better.

Caltrans is good for asking for this help. Hopefully they can coordinate with other agencies to get some ideas that will work. Piecemeal or city by city attempts are not a good idea. We are not a lot of islands and Berlin Walls around cities are not going to muster. Coordination is the key.

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Posted by Cooperate--Break down the agency silos.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 3, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Break down VTA, Caltrain, Caltrans, Sam Trans. Destroy the silos they work in. Reorganize into an agency that can coordinate all modes across the region.

I bet I won't win the prize for suggesting this.This would require firing and rehiring to completely reorganize. The unions will get in the way.

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Posted by Biker 2
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 4, 2015 at 11:25 am

It is called crowd sourcing... Sounds like (out sourcing) alot of big business is doing this now as they do not want to pay the price for a person with an education to put something together. It has its strengths and weaknesses... I wont list them here, but yeah... Why submit a billion dollar well thought out idea for a measily 25k... Do the leg work and get your money.

And yep close the border... And put a 2 kids only clause into the citizenship contract. Tooo many people!!! California/ US population rising artificially from immigration, but the drinking water in the well is flat. We also need a foreign baby tax for imports with more than 2 children across the board.

And while im at it... Stop out sourcing and send all food and aid relief programs for families with more than 2 kids in countries that are overpopulated.... send condoms and sex education to the 2+ kids families instead.

Our kids have a right to work, and a right to live the american dream, that was stolen from us by the baby boomers who are STILL WORKING!?!?!?

BUY AMERICAN products and services, spending money on products and services from companies that outsource is not buying american, it makes a HUGE difference.

Big businesses should all eventually get too big and then fail, replaced by smaller new companies, imarketing 101.

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Posted by R Wray
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 4, 2015 at 6:59 pm

My idea: Repeal all government regulations affecting Caltrans. Sell Caltrans and its right-of-ways on the open market.

(I give leave to anyone who wants to use my idea and submit it to Caltrans.)

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