OLYMPIA – New information on planes, trains and automobiles is now available; the latest edition of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s quarterly accountability and performance report has just been released. The report shows taxpayers how their transportation dollars are being spent and provides updates on projects and programs statewide.
WSDOT published the 51st Gray Notebook this week with feature articles on aviation, freight rail and commute trip reduction. Performance measures reported in this edition include:
• Combined state, federal and local match contributions amounted to $24.8 million in Airport Aid Grant projects awarded from July 2012 through June 2013. (Aviation Annual Report, pp. 7-9 )
• Shipments on the Washington state Grain Train increased by 15 percent between the third quarters of 2012 and 2013. (Freight Rail Semi-Annual Update, pp. 24-26)
• Commute Trip Reduction participants leave about 17,800 cars at home each day as they use alternative commute options to get to worksites. (Trip Reduction Biennial Update, pp. 16-18)
The publication also includes annual reports on the agency’s efforts to improve water quality and ensure continued compliance with the Endangered Species Act.
“This edition continues to make good on our long-standing commitment to being accountable for the work we do,” said Daniela Bremmer, WSDOT director of Strategic Assessment and Performance Analysis. “We’re continuously enhancing how we report on agency-wide performance to ensure a wider audience understands our successes and knows upfront what programs and projects need to improve.”
To find out more about WSDOT accountability and view Gray Notebook 51, or the condensed “Lite” version, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/Accountability/.