More than 1,000 people have already submitted plans to ease gridlock in the Puget Sound region in Phase II of the interactive Fix Your Commute project, a joint effort between The (Tacoma) News Tribune, The (Everett) Herald and KIRO-TV. Phase I (which CyberJournalist.net wrote about last year) featured an interactive online map that let commuters choose the areas they think need the greatest traffic relief. After about 2,500 users voted, the partners came back at readers with Phase II, a computer simulation that allows readers to decide how to fix the region's transportation problems -- and also decide how to raise the money to pay for the solutions. When finished, the findings will be sent to the state's Transportation Department, which is developing a transportation spending referendum expected to go on the ballot in November.
The project isn't even done yet and it's already won a Digital Edge award from the Newspaper Association of America. Expect it to pick up more awards.
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