The Transporter, which has provided news about the
achievements of ITD employees for nearly a half-century continues
to evolve as technology opens new communications options. This week,
the Transporter takes another step forward by consolidating many
of the internal and external news items in one convenient, easily
accessible place ITDs Intranet Portal.
Viewers who access the Transporter from the Internet
will notice a new, simpler format. Although the Transporter stories
will be identical, the Internet version will not have all of the
functionality, links and other benefits of the Intranet version.
Accessing the Transporter through the department's
Intranet portal eliminates the need to move among several sites
to obtain information. News about ITD employees and projects, department
news releases or media coverage of transportation topics in Idaho,
the Northwest and the nation are readily accessible. Heres
what you will find every time you open your Internet browser:
Transporter stories about employees, department
projects (from highway construction to safety campaigns), budget
and legislative issues, internal policies and external priorities
will be displayed in the center of the portal. Their appearance
will be very similar to that used the past two years.
News releases Captured along with media
coverage, all releases generated by the Public Affairs Office
or departments and districts will appear on the right hand side
of the Intranet portal. News releases will be posted daily and
can be easily retrieved from the archives. The Internet site for
news releases will be maintained for viewing by the public.
Media coverage Similar to news clippings
that ITD has gleaned from the states news media for many
years. Public Affairs recently introduced a new electronic version,
capturing stories from more than 60 online media sources. Gone
are the days of receiving newspaper clippings, pasting them to
legal pages, photocopying and collating the pages and distributing
packages weekly throughout the department. The online version
makes those stories immediately available, retrievable and searchable.
Beginning this week, those stories appear on the Intranet Portal.
They are updated daily.
Access to the road report/highway construction
report (updated weekly during construction and daily through the
An interactive calendar of events that enables
you to review the days activities and to input information
for viewing by others. This information source will continue to
grow as more people experience the benefits of posting and reading
events on a daily basis.
The familiar links to valuable ITD Intranet web
sites and resources. Other special features can be incorporated
into the Intranet Portal as needs are identified.
Web designers and programmers from Information Technology
played a major role in implementing the Intranet Portal improvements.
Technical touches were added by Steve Jackson, Peter Davidson and
Joey Mazzarelli. The Public Affairs team of Jeff Stratten, Darla
Christiansen and Mel Coulter helped shape the transition.
The goal is to provide information in formats that
are useful and relevant for ITD employees. Toward that end, we welcome
your input about the recent changes and your suggestions for future
improvements. We also encourage employees to contact the Public
Affairs Office with ideas for Transporter stories.