Transportation Preservation and Renewal Index (Council Key Result Indicator #10)
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 Transportation Preservation and Renewal element emphasizes current performance of the system, which is vital to support existing and future assets, by incorporating asset management life cycle costing best practices.
With the focus areas of Transportation and Public Safety as a backdrop, the following initiative frames Olathe’s desire to improve and maintain city assets:
Initiative 1: Maintain the existing transportation system.
2017 will be the baseline year for this new measure.
The baseline score for 2017 was 100. In 2018, the index score was 107, representing a rise of 7 points. In 2019, the index score is 94.
Several factors contribute to why this index has fallen. A combination of reduced spending, environmental impacts, and updates in the City's asset management system are the most impactful factors. SMST funding was reduced in 2019 to keep the SMST revenue fund in healthy shape. Weather was also impactful as the harsh winter with the amount of snow events and the freeze thaw frequency created a faster rate of deterioration, showing up in the pavement as potholes and cracking. Also, updates in the City's asset management system included upgraded standards regarding inspection impacts towards potholes and repaired potholes which led to a slight decline in the rated condition of some streets.
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