EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE:
[Insert date and time for news release]
Contact:
[Insert local media contact name and phone # or PIO]

[News release should be faxed or e-mailed to your local press contacts the morning of your event. Budget permitting, press release should be placed on your local newswire service (ie: PR Newswire) the morning of the event.]

STATE OF [your jurisdiction’s] TRAFFIC SIGNALS AFFECTING FUEL EFFICIENCY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Traffic Signal Timing Grade of XX Adds up to Congestion and Air Pollution

[YOUR CITY]– Traffic congestion, frustrated commuters and polluted air are among the many symptoms signifying the need for change in how [your jurisdiction’s] and the nation’s traffic signals are operated and maintained. [Your jurisdiction’s] grade of [XX] indicates that insufficient resources are allocated for traffic signal timing, hindering [your DOT’s or public works department’s] ability to manage and operate the traffic signal system. The nation scored an overall grade of X, according to "The National Traffic Signal Report Card," issued today by a group of transportation associations, known as the National Transportation Operations Coalition (NTOC).

[Insert quote from your spokesperson explaining what signal timing means]

NTOC sent out the Traffic Signal Operation Self Assessment to localities across the United States in the fall of 2006. Grading themselves in six areas, 417 agencies in 47 states responded, including [your jurisdiction]. See how [your jurisdiction] scored:

[INSERT MINIATURE REPORT CARD GRAPHIC HERE USING LOCAL GRADES]

[Insert quote from the national press release. This will be posted at www.ite.org/reportcard at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9.]

Nation-wide studies show that the benefits of investments in signal timing outweigh the costs by 40:1 or better. Those benefits include:

  1. Better fuel efficiency
  2. Improved air quality
  3. Shorter commute times
  4. Decrease in driver frustration

[Your jurisdiction], along with national transportation leaders, is calling for increased resources for traffic signal timing.

[Insert quote from local leader supporting resource allocation to traffic signal operations.]

[Insert quote from a citizen on the relevance of good signal timing to their life and supporting more work in this area.]

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Institute of Transportation Engineers

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

Federal Highway Administration

American Public Works Association IMSA Intelligent Transportation Society of America