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WSDOT’s performance report keys in on the environment

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 09:30

Daniela Bremmer,
WSDOT director of Strategic Assessment and Performance Analysis,

Joanne Wearley,
WSDOT Performance Reporting branch manager,

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Transportation’s quarterly performance and accountability report, the “Gray Notebook (pdf 3.7 mb)” puts the environment under the microscope with its 53rd edition this week, featuring annual articles on efforts to reduce project and highway noise and enhance wetlands protection, as well as a biennial report on work to cut pollution and improve air quality.

These three articles are just a snapshot of what this “Gray Notebook” offers its readers. The edition also has annual reports on how WSDOT uses technology to keep travelers informed, the economic benefits of Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks, the condition of safety rest areas, and a special report on how the agency works with disadvantaged business enterprises to assure project success.

In addition to quarterly articles on ferries, rail and incident response, this issue provides updates on the state performance management system, Results Washington, and introduces Results WSDOT, the agency’s new strategic plan for 2014-2017.

“This plan will ensure Washington has the most efficient and integrated multimodal transportation system possible, utilizing all available system capacity,” said Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson.

Performance measures reported in “Gray Notebook 53” include:

  • WSDOT expects its ferry vessel emissions-reduction projects to lower emissions by approximately 28,000 tons annually. (pp. 15-16 - pdf 3.7 mb)
  • WSDOT added 15 new wetland and stream mitigations sites in 2013, bringing the total to 235. (pp. 19-21 - pdf 3.7 mb)
  • WSDOT’s commercial vehicle electronic screening program allowed trucks to bypass weigh stations 1.3 million times in 2013, helping the trucking industry avoid $13.3 million in operating costs. (pp. 22-23 - pdf 3.7 mb)

To find out more about WSDOT accountability and view “Gray Notebook 53” or the condensed “Lite” version, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/Accountability/.

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