State transportation officials release performance report

Aug 21, 2014

The Washington State Department of Transportation today released the 54th edition of its quarterly performance report, called the Gray Notebook (GNB), which this time includes annual reports on the condition of Washington’s bridges, ferry vessels and terminals, as well as how much goods and freight are being moved through state airports and ports and via roads and rail.

According to WSDOT spokeswoman Daniela Bremmer, the June 30, 2014, edition of the Gray Notebook can be found online at continuing the publication’s tradition of comprehensive and clear performance analysis to support accountability and transparency throughout WSDOT.

While performance measures are reported on throughout the GNB, here are some highlights from this issue:

•  Washington continues its historic low-level trend with 439 collision fatalities in 2013  (p. 1)

•  Ninety-two percent of state and local bridges, when measured by deck area, are in fair or better condition  (p. 4)

•  More than 88% of WSDOT Ferries Division’s terminal systems are in fair or better condition  (p. 12)

•  Ferries exceeded the reliability goal of 99% and remained above the 95% on time performance goal for 40,823 scheduled trips (p. 18)

•  WSDOT teams helped clear 13,153 incidents this quarter, providing an estimated $18.4 million in economic benefit (p.19)

•  Passengers getting on or off trains increased at six of the 12 stations in Washington during the second quarter of 2014  (p. 22)

•  Puget Sound area traffic volumes and travel times in the second half of 2013 were impacted by a slightly improving economy  (p. 24)

•  WSDOT estimated it saved about 2,500 hours of staff time in 2013 by using general environmental permits to streamline activities (p. 26)

•  On average, more than 10,000 freight trucks per day traveled through the South Puget Sound via Interstate 5 in 2013 (p. 28)

•  WSDOT and the Department of Licensing reduced the time it takes to approve a new license plate design by 84% (p. 33)

•  WSDOT completed two Transportation Partnership Account projects this quarter (p. 35)

The Gray Notebook and the Gray Notebook Lite (a summary of selected performance topics covered in this quarter’s publication), can be viewed and printed from the WSDOT accountability website ( Previous editions can also be accessed online.

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