WSDOT performance report takes to land, sea, air

Topics in the latest edition of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s quarterly performance report – the Gray Notebook – take flight, ride the rails and hit the water.

The latest edition of the Gray Notebook provides annual and semi-annual statewide reports on aviation, ferries, freight rail, owned and leased facilities and environmental programs. Released last week, the report also updates WSDOT’s quarterly progress on project delivery and worker and highway safety.

“There are economic benefits stemming from our strategies, programs and investments, and the Gray Notebook explains these in detail,” said Daniela Bremmer, WSDOT director of strategic assessment. “However, it is first and foremost an accountability report, so it doesn’t shy away from covering areas and programs that may need more attention.”

Performance measures are prevalent throughout the Gray Notebook. Here are some highlights from this issue:

  • WSDOT’s Incident Response program saved travelers and businesses $19.5 million in avoided costs in the third quarter of 2012.During this timeframe, Incident Response teams also assisted with more than 12,000 incidents (Incident Response Quarterly Report, pp. 17-19).
  • Washington State Ferries met 15 of the 17 legislative performance goals for fiscal year 2012. Ridership and farebox revenues were $2.1 million higher than projected for the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 (Washington State Ferries Quarterly Update and Annual Report, pp. 20-28).
  • Forty percent of WSDOT’s primary buildings are in “poor” condition and need significant repairs. There is a $113.1 million backlog for these maintenance and preservation projects. (Asset Management: Capital Facilities Annual Report, pp. 8-12).
  • The Washington State Grain Train moved 575 carloads in the second quarter of 2012. This represents a record high in the program’s 18-year history (Freight Rail Semi-Annual Update, pp. 42-44).
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