California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Today's Date: Oct.21, 2015
District: 1
Contact: Betsy Totten
Phone: (707) 445-6444
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060

Caltrans Plays an Unexpected Part in Improving Mobility for the Blind

EUREKA  – Spirit is like your average Caltrans employee: he spends a lot of time learning, he works hard all day to improve mobility for members of the traveling public, and he’s out in the field a lot.

Oh, yeah – he’s also a yellow Labrador retriever who’s training to be a guide dog.

In the 51st Caltrans News Flash, spokesperson Betsy Totten spends time with Spirit and his handler to learn more about how Caltrans helps Spirit get the valuable experience he needs to succeed as a guide dog for the blind.

This video can be viewed at: 

This News Flash is the 51st in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans’ activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California’s economy and livability.  To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or go to

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