Kansas Transportation Gives Citizens the Wheel

By: Caroline Porter Email
By: Caroline Porter Email

TOPEKA, Kan. -- If you want to become a state official, here's your chance.

Kansans can make decisions about running the transportation department through an online interactive game called the T-Link Calculator. They can see for themselves what works virtually without creating roadblocks in reality.

The simulation tool is the brainchild of T-Link, or Transportation - Leveraging Investments In Kansas. As part of the state's transportation department, the grassroots project aims to educate people while using their input to make decisions that reflect the priorities of its constituents.

This isn't a new objective, but the method is. With the use of new technologies, the government gives people its own data and watches how they would use it if they were in the hot seat.

In the few months since its launch, thousands of people have used the T-Link Calculator, and the buzz is getting louder. A recent entry in The New York Times "Freakonomics" blog heralded the Kansan project as a model for other state governments.

Check out WIBW's video at 10 p.m. to see what the creator of T-Link has to say.

You can visit T-Link to play, and see if you win or lose in the game of life...on the road.


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