By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) wants to reward public outreach that effectively addresses the transportation needs of disabled people, seniors, children and teens, and other disadvantaged groups in easy-to-understand, “kitchen table” terms.

TRB’s Committee on Public Involvement is accepting entries for its 9th Annual Communicating Concepts with Jane and John Q. Public Competition: Communicating Transportation Needs and Issues to Targeted Populations. The deadline is July 28.

Communicating critical transportation concepts to the general public is a daunting challenge, TRB says at this website about the competition. “Effectively reaching targeted populations can prove even more challenging, requiring succinct outreach efforts and messaging to engage and connect with these populations and ensure that they understand and are able to provide meaningful input into transportation decisions and projects.”

Individuals, agencies, and organizations that communicate transportation needs and issues are eligible to submit entries, which can include studies, publications, multi-media campaigns, websites, graphics, illustrations, social media strategies, photos and videos.

The winning entries will be honored at TRB’s 95th annual meeting, held in Washington, D.C., Jan. 10-14, 2016.

For more information, contact Terri Parker at t-parker@tamu.edu, or 979-862-8348.