Project Details

TxDOT - P.A.S.S. Portal

Integrated with Facebook, this portal allows people to create events and claim seats in the cars of P.A.S.S. nominees (Person Appointed to Stay Sober).
  • Integrated with Facebook
  • Events created through the P.A.S.S. app appear in users’ Facebook events
  • Users can offer to drive (as a P.A.S.S.) or can choose seats in available vehicles
  • Users who choose to be a P.A.S.S. can enter their driving details for others to see (how many people they can fit in their car, where they are willing to drive).

CURTIS Digital partnered with ThinkStreet to create a portal where groups could create and manage events and claim seats in the vehicles of P.A.S.S. drivers. Integrated with Facebook the system can turn any Facebook event into a P.A.S.S. event so invited friends can find a safe ride home.

The system displays a list of events that a user has been invited to or created and tracks RSVP status. Any invited event member can elect to be a P.A.S.S. or say they need a ride. P.A.S.S. drivers enter their vehicle information such as the number of passengers they can carry and request a small donation per seat. Drivers can set a minimum number of people they need in order to be a driver – once friends claim these seats the driver is alerted and the car is active in the system.

The system is also integrated with YELP based on event location and displays numbers for local cab companies to encourage all group members to find a safe ride home.

Build using Bootstrap, the site is responsive and can be used from almost any smart phone, tablet, and computer.


Complex custom applications start with a wireframe

The Technology we used

  • Microsoft .NET / C#
  • Microsoft SQL Server - data warehousing characteristics
  • Twitter Bootstrap - responsiveness on the user interface
  • MVC - an architecture model for web development
  • CSS3 - to create awesome and well coded front-end UI/UX and markup
  • jQuery - a base javascript framework

About ThinkStreet & TxDOT (Texas department of Transportation)

Thinkstreet, Inc. was founded in 1997. The Company’s line of business includes preparing advertising and placing such advertising in periodicals, newspapers, radio and television, and other media outlets.

TxDOT’s workforce is made up of engineers, administrators, financial experts, designers, architects, sign makers, accountants, purchasers, maintenance workers, travel counselors and many other professions. All of our employees work together to realize the TxDOT mission: Through collaboration and leadership, we deliver a safe, reliable, and integrated transportation system that enables the movement of people and goods.


Austin, TX   April XX, 2013CURTIS Digital Inc., a leading technology service company along with Thinkstreet, a full-service, multicultural advertising agency and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are launching a new app with a financial incentive, in hopes of keeping more young adults from drinking and driving.  The TxDOT Person Appointed to Stay Sober (P.A.S.S.) App is being launched at several Texas college campuses this week.

The app cleverly offers a fiscal enticement to encourage users to volunteer to be the designated driver for the evening.  Users log into the app using their Facebook page and through the app, students invite friends to join them for an evening out and offer to be the designated sober driver for the night to receive a pre-decided upon compensation from all of their passengers. 

“P.A.S.S. persuades young people to plan ahead and rewards responsibility with monetary motivation,” said John A. Curtis, CURTIS Digital CEO.  “We arranged for the app to blend with Facebook technology to make it as easy, and enjoyable, as possible for students.”

TxDOT studies show weekends remain one of the deadliest times to be on the road in Texas, especially for young adults. In fact, more than 52 percent of those killed in car crashes are between the ages of 18 and 34, and the majority of those crashes occur on the weekend. That’s why TxDOT is encouraging young adults to plan ahead by using this new app.

“Drunk Driving continues to be one of the deadliest crimes in Texas especially among young adults,” said a representative from TxDOT. “The CDC estimates that 30 people die in car crashes that involve a driver impaired by alcohol each day, which equates to one every 48 minutes.  That’s why TXDOT along with Thinkstreet and CURTIS Digital are turning to technology to try and curb the problem.”


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