REVISED Mobility Index (Council Key Result Indicator #9)
Transportation issues can have a tremendous impact on living, working and doing business in Olathe. Transportation management reaches across all modes of transportation (pedestrian, bicycle, bus and auto) and seeks to make modal connections and improvements consistent with sound land-use planning.
As part of the 2016 Transportation Master Plan update, Public Works revised the Mobility Index to measure progress toward organizational goals relevant to transportation. The revised indexes were developed to provide a more granular view of the organizational goals to Advance Safe and Efficient Transportation Choices, Deliver High-Quality Customer Service, Be Responsible & Accountable Financial Stewards, and Improve and Maintain City Assets.
The former Mobility Index was separated into the following three indexes:
- Mobility – availability and movement within the overall transportation network
- Transportation Preservation and Renewal - current performance of the system vital to support existing and future assets
- Transportation Satisfaction - customer perception regarding overall transportation network availability, movement and condition
The Mobility element emphasizes a balanced multi-modal transportation system that provides effective, efficient, and safe mobility for residents. It acknowledges fiscal and environmental constraints and supports purposeful integration of transportation and land-use decisions to be mutually supportive.
With the focus areas of Transportation, Public Safety, Active Lifestyles, and Economic Viability as a backdrop, the following initiatives frame Olathe’s desire to Advance Safe and Efficient Transportation Choices:
Initiative 1: Provide a transportation system that supports mobility, safety, and access for future development.
Initiative 2: Provide street designs that meet the needs of people walking, driving, cycling, and taking transit.
Initiative 3: Support PlanOlathe with appropriate transportation investments and infrastructure.
Initiative 4: Support active transportation, and improved connectivity for all modes. Eliminate gaps in connectivity.
2017 will be the baseline year for this newly updated measure.
The baseline score for 2017 was 100. In 2018, the index score was 89, representing a fall of 11 points. The decline was due to a significant decrease in the desired speed of major City corridors which is weighted heavily in the index due to the measures’ impact on traffic flow and congestion. Although there were decreases in desired speeds at several City corridors, emphasis on 119th Street and Santa Fe have yielded positive results in decreased travel time due to implementation of a traffic signal timing study. The index was also positively impacted by a decline in fatality traffic accidents.
In 2019, the score was 92, representing a rise of 3 points. This rise was due to an increase in the total desired speed of major City corridors for both east/west and north/south travel. The index was also positively impacted by a decline in the amount of non-injury and injury traffic accidents, but negatively impacted by an increase in fatality traffic accidents.
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