Caltrans Excellence in Transportation (EIT) Awards

2020 EIT Awards Program

Caltrans is accepting entries for its 2020 Caltrans Excellence in Transportation (EIT) Awards Program. Now in its 34th year, the program honors the best of California’s transportation projects from across the state.

View Previous Years' Caltrans EIT Award Winners

The EIT awards program is open to Caltrans districts and programs, local and public transportation agencies, and private engineering and consulting firms. Public transportation improvements or projects currently in use and completed after January 1, 2017, are eligible.

Entry Deadline

The call for entries is now closed.

Purpose

The EIT awards recognize excellence in transportation design, construction, traffic operations, maintenance, planning, and improvements throughout California.

Eligibility and Rules

  • The EIT Awards Program is open to all Caltrans districts and programs, local and public transportation agencies, and private engineering and consulting firms, including their consultants and contractors.
  • The nomination must be a public transportation improvement or project currently in use and completed after January 1, 2017.
  • The transportation project must be in California.
  • Projects nominated in previous EIT competitions may be resubmitted if they were completed after January 1, 2017.
  • Winning projects from previous years are not eligible. See previous years' winners.
  • A project can be nominated in only one category. If your project has partners, it’s good to consult with them to make sure the project is only nominated once.
  • Entries must be submitted on the EIT forms. Do not modify the forms. Nominations that are not submitted on the EIT forms will be disqualified.
  • Incomplete nomination packages will be disqualified.
  • Nominations must be postmarked by Monday, March 16, 2020. Nominations submitted after the deadline will be disqualified.
  • All materials entered become the property of Caltrans and will not be returned.
  • To ensure you are submitting a complete nomination package, download the scoring criteria and check list for the category in which you will nominate your project.

Judging

A panel of judges will review and score the nominations. The winning project is the one receiving the highest score.

Recognition and Awards

  • One award will be given in each category.
  • Awards consist of a plaque for each organization (maximum of four per project) and certificates for individuals (maximum of 10 per project) who contributed to the winning project as identified in the nomination.
  • No exceptions will be made, and no changes will be made to the names or spellings after the entry deadline.
  • We will only issue plaques and certificates for organizations and individuals identified in the nomination and received by the deadline.
  • Winners will be announced between late summer and early fall.

Questions

If you have questions or need help, please email Caroline Moreno at Caroline.Moreno@dot.ca.gov or call 916-653-8879.

Entry Forms

  • Deputy/District Director Approval (PDF) (for nominations from Caltrans)
  • Project Summary and Narrative (DOCX)
  • Entrant Organizations and Contributing Individuals (PDF)
  • Photograph Copyright Release (PDF)

Award Categories

  • 1. Intermodal Transportation System

    Category 1. Scoring Criteria and Entry Checklist

    Integrating motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, people with disabilities, rail, and transit modes

    1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address local/regional intermodal transportation issues and integrated the project to its surroundings.
    2. Provides connectivity with other transportation modes.
    3. Demonstrates effectiveness in reducing highway congestion, including providing options to single-occupancy vehicle use.
    4. Demonstrates enhancement of the transportation system.
    5. Demonstrates use of innovative materials or processes, safety improvements for travelers and workers, and reduces or eliminates recurring maintenance activities and worker exposure to motorists.
  • 2. The Highway-Rural

    Category 2. Scoring Criteria and Entry Checklist

    1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address community/regional rural needs and integrated the project to its rural surroundings.
    2. Enhances transportation system with travel options and local and regional connectivity.
    3. Use of alignment and design enhances visual and scenic quality.
    4. Roadway and roadside design support preservation of environmental, natural, cultural or historic resources through use of innovative products, materials, procedures and processes, preservation and use of native vegetation or non-native, site-appropriate vegetation to minimize supplemental irrigation.
    5. Demonstrates use of innovative materials or processes that improve worker and traveler safety.
  • 3. The Highway-Urban

    Category 3. Scoring Criteria and Entry Checklist

    1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address urban needs and integrated project to its urban surrounding.
    2. Provides effective congestion relief, including options to single-occupancy vehicle use.
    3. Innovative design provides safety improvements for workers and travelers and reduces or eliminates recurring maintenance activities and worker exposure to motorists.
    4. Demonstrates improvement or protection of the environment through innovative use of materials and processes.
    5. Enhances the transportation system by providing multiple travel options and local and regional connectivity.
  • 4. Major Structures

    Category 4. Scoring Criteria and Entry Checklist

    Bridges, tunnels, overpasses, interchanges, etc.

    1. Successfully engaged stakeholders and integrated structure to its surroundings.
    2. Provides travel options to meet local and regional mobility needs.
    3. Avoids or mitigates visual impairments and preserves or enhances scenic quality.
    4. Use and selection of structural configuration and materials to reflect the local context.
    5. Use of innovative design or construction materials, methods, and processes.
  • 5. Stewardship of the Environment

    Category 5. Scoring Criteria and Entry Checklist

    1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address stewardship goals.
    2. Provides greenhouse gas emission reductions, including options to single occupancy vehicle use.
    3. Preservation or use of native or non-native site appropriate plants that are adapted to thrive in the project’s environment, help reduce maintenance requirements, and minimize supplemental irrigation.
    4. Effectively uses recycled materials, local resources, conserves natural resources, and other environmental protection or enhancement.
    5. Uses cost-effective and innovative materials and processes for source control, water quality improvement and reducing or preventing environmental pollutants.
  • 6. Transportation Related Facilities

    Category 6. Scoring Criteria and Entry Checklist

    Safety roadside rests areas, pedestrian & bicycle facilities, parking facilities, vista points, sno-parks, etc.

    1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to understand local/regional transportation related facility needs and integrate project to its surroundings.
    2. Enhances the transportation system by providing transportation related facility that is safe, accessible and functional to meet local and regional traveler needs.
    3. Design provides compatibility with or preservation of the natural and built environment reflects local/regional character, use of local resources or recycled materials, and other environmental protection or enhancement.
    4. Use of innovative design or construction methods or materials, demonstrates safety improvements for travelers and workers and reduces or eliminates recurring maintenance activities and worker exposure to motorists.
    5. Demonstrates enhanced quality of user experience
  • 7. Transportation System Operations Improvements

    Category 7. Scoring Criteria and Entry Checklist

    1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address local/regional transportation systems operations improvements.
    2. Demonstrates cost effective transportation system operational improvements.
    3. Demonstrates improved transportation system performance for multi-modal travel.
    4. Demonstrates use of improved or innovative procedures, materials or equipment.
    5. Demonstrates wide applicability for use on other projects.
  • 8. Traveler and Worker Safety

    Category 8. Scoring Criteria and Entry Checklist

    1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address traveler and worker safety issues in roadway and roadside design, practices and activities in transportation solution.
    2. Demonstrates innovative safety provisions that result in the reduction in traveler and worker incidents/injuries and reduces or eliminates recurring maintenance activities and worker exposure to motorists.
    3. Demonstrates cost effectiveness transportation system and safety improvements for travelers and workers and reduces or eliminates recurring maintenance activities and worker exposure to motorists.
    4. Demonstrates use of improved or innovative procedures, materials or equipment.
    5. Demonstrates wide applicability for use on other projects.
  • 9. Community Enhancement

    Category 9. Scoring Criteria and Entry Checklist

    1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to understand local/regional community context, gain project support, and integrate project to its surroundings.
    2. Successfully integrated and balanced community aesthetic, historic, environmental and livability goals with transportation safety, maintenance, performance and mobility goals.
    3. Demonstrates consistency with the context.
    4. Demonstrates successful application of design flexibility.
    5. Demonstrates applicability of stakeholder involvement processes, techniques, methods, and tools that can be applied to other projects.
  • 10. Transportation Innovations

    Category 10. Scoring Criteria and Entry Checklist

    1. Successfully engaged stakeholders to address roadway and roadside design, functional, safety, maintenance and operations or other mobility issues using innovative crosscutting, solution driven, and integrated multimodal approaches to improve mobility.
    2. Demonstrates new and improved products, materials, procedures, and processes.
    3. Provides responsive and well executed solutions to unique or unusual situations.
    4. Demonstrates preservation or protection of the environment.
    5. Provides cost-effective and enduring/ long-lasting provisions for worker and traveler safety and system preservation or protection.
  • 11. Public Awareness

    Category 11. Scoring Criteria and Entry Checklist

    Effort to inform or engage the public of transportation projects, initiatives, or programs

    1. Describes the strategic planning, analysis or research to determine need, objectives and goals for the public awareness effort to meet traveler and public needs.
    2. Demonstrates originality and creativity and was clearly and consistently communicated to the targeted audience.
    3. Demonstrates cost effectiveness by maximizing communication to the identified audience through development, execution and delivery of project, initiative or program.
    4. Demonstrates benefit to the public and/or stakeholders.
    5. Demonstrates effectiveness and identifies/quantifies measurable results in achieving overall success of the program.

If you have questions or need help, please email Caroline Moreno at Caroline.Moreno@dot.ca.gov or call 916-653-8879.