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TAKING CHARGE:
Progress Measures & Program Prioritization 2009 - 2010

Taking Charge: Progress Measures & Program Prioritization 2009 - 2010

Citywide Outcome Priority #5: Effective Transportation

Priority Goal #1: Provide, maintain and support safe, convenient, durable and efficient transportation infrastructure.

Issues:

Roadway Deterioration: Lincoln is not keeping pace with street maintenance, rehabilitation and construction, resulting in lost economic opportunities, lower livability in neighborhoods, increased congestion, increasing air pollution and environmental impacts. The streets and highways gap is currently estimated to be $42 million per year over a 12-year period, excluding the $56 million in needed improvements within the existing developed City limits.

Durable Pavement Markings: Durable pavement markings are critical to safety. Painted pavement markings require a minimum of two applications per year to maintain their minimum required reflectivity in conformance with federal standards. The City has 500 linear miles of pavement markings, of which 340 are durable markings.

Traffic Control Signs: Clearly visible traffic control signs greatly enhance motorist safety. There are 60,000 traffic control signs along City streets that must conform with federal standards for reflectivity. The City's Sign Replacement program annually identifies more than 2,000 signs that must be replaced to comply with federal standards.

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS): ITS is a viable, low-cost alternative to new street construction in reducing congestion. The system supports rapid emergency response times, safe transportation conditions, lower traffic congestion, special events, "Amber Alerts," driver information and guidance.

Traffic Signals: Traffic signals are important to reducing accidents and increasing driver safety. The City currently has over 400 traffic signal systems of which 30% will soon exceed their normal service life of 25 years.

Progress Indicators:

  1. Rehabilitate 40 blocks of arterial streets and 200 blocks of residential streets annually.
  2. Maintain roadway capacity to ensure that average vehicle delay does not exceed 55 seconds per vehicle on arterials within the central core and 35 seconds per vehicle on arterials in the outlying area.
  3. Increase the average number of lane miles of new arterials constructed to 20 lane miles per year.
  4. Increase the level of durable pavement markings by 20%.
  5. Maintain 100% compliance with federal standards for traffic control signs by replacing an average of 2,000 signs annually.
  6. Implement one high priority ITS project every two years.
Goal #1 Tier 1 Programs Departments
Rehabilitation, maintenance, operation and repair of existing roads, structures and systems Public Works
Goal #1 Tier 2 Programs Departments
Maintain and implement Intelligent Transportation Systems for safe and efficient travel Public Works
Maintain an effective Pavement Marking Program Public Works
Maintain an effective Roadway Signing Program Public Works
Planning, design and construction of new roads and structures Public Works
Goal #1 Tier 3 Program Department
Administer Metropolitan Planning Organization Planning
Traffic studies / congestion management Planning/Public Works
Long Range Transportation Planning / Road Design Standards Planning/Public Works

Priority Goal #2: Encourage alternative forms of transportation, such as bicycling and walking.

Issues:

Alternate Transportation Options: As Lincoln streets become more congested and greater community emphasis is placed on environmental concerns, residents are increasingly choosing to bicycle and/or walk to their destinations. Trails, sidewalks and crossings must be planned and designed to accommodate this trend. The infrastructure required for these modes of transportation is less costly than roads and when used, will help reduce traffic congestion.

Sidewalks: Walking is a healthy activity and an essential part of our daily activities. Pedestrian facilities such as sidewalks are an integral part of the City's multi-modal transportation network. To preserve and enhance the quality of life for Lincoln, consistent annual maintenance and rehabilitation of the existing sidewalk and pedestrian network must be a high priority.

Multi-Use Trail System: The existing trail system that serves the community is an important resource for many diverse users, including pedestrians and bicyclists. The existing trail system must be maintained and improved to meet current and future needs and demands of the users.

Progress Indicators:

  1. Increase the number of people who report biking or walking to work by 10%.
  2. NOTE: Additional indicators for trails and sidewalks can be found in the Livable Neighborhoods and Healthy & Productive People sections.
Goal #2 Tier 3 Programs Departments
Walking/bicycle transportation planning Planning/Parks & Recreation/Public Works

Priority Goal #3: Provide accessible, reliable, convenient and safe public transit.

Issues:

Bus Service:

Mass Transit or Low-Income Service: Division exists in the community in the perception of StarTran's role. Some view StarTran strictly as a provider of transportation services to elderly and low-income riders. Others want StarTran to be more of a mass transit provider and encourage use by the entire community similar to other urban cities.

Availability: StarTran does not provide night or Sunday service, as public requests for these times have increased.

Routes: After extensive study, StarTran implemented new routes that include more destinations identified as important to ridership. Other destinations and routes need to be added if StarTran is to be the full service mass transit provider for those who rely on it as their sole or primary means of transportation.

Transportation Costs: City support of mass transit has decreased in recent years as surges in gas prices and a difficult national economy has increased ridership by 20% over the last three years. Discussions in recent budget years have centered on StarTran fees and whether they should be reduced to encourage greater ridership or increased to cover more service costs. The current full fare is $1.75 per trip, with various discounts for senior citizens, students, buying multiple trips, and others. The Ride for $7.50 program allows lower-income people unlimited rides for $7.50 per month.

Progress Indicators:

  1. Increase revenues from the Federal Transit Administration and the State of Nebraska.
  2. Increase ridership by 1.14% on fixed route services by June 2010.
  3. Increase by at least 10% or two additional routes, the level and scope of evening and weekend services through cooperative arrangements with other transit/transportation providers.
Goal #3 Tier 1 Programs Departments
Management, operations, and maintenance of transit services/system; Administer grants to contractors Public Works
Goal #3 Tier 2 Programs Departments
Management, operations, and maintenance of Handi-Van services/programs Public Works

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