California Department of Transportation
Date: June 11, 2015
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060
Caltrans Publishes Summer Edition of The Mile Marker: A Caltrans Performance Report
SACRAMENTO – Caltrans today released the latest installment of The Mile Marker: A Caltrans Performance Report, a plain-language performance report that delivers a straightforward accounting of how Caltrans is doing in its work to protect and improve California’s transportation system. This issue features a revamped report card of new performance measures that reflect a dramatic shift in Caltrans’ priorities and an increased focus on sustainable transportation.
“Caltrans is dedicated to becoming a more accessible, transparent and accountable organization and The Mile Marker is a key part of that,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “We want to tell our story to the public and stakeholders and detail the work and improvements we are making to meet the very high bar we set for ourselves.”
This 2015 second-quarter report features a revamped at-a-glance chart, which measures and quantifies Caltrans’ performance – what’s working, what’s not and where improvement is needed. For example, Caltrans’ safety and health performance indicators now include specific break-out data for pedestrians and bicyclists – a strong indication of Caltrans’ expanded focus on alternative transportation, active transportation and a fully integrated system.“Because Caltrans just released its Strategic Management Plan with its new performance measures, we are still in the process of developing much of the data that will quantify our progress towards meeting our goals,” continued Dougherty. “But as that
data takes shape and is collected, we will be able to develop an even clearer picture of this department’s progress and will report that accordingly in The Mile Marker.”
Other articles within this issue of The Mile Marker include: a look at new Caltrans work gear and vehicle striping that increase the visibility and safety of Caltrans workers out in the field; details about work underway at the department to combat California’s historic drought; and a glimpse at the health of California’s culverts – the drainage systems under California’s roadbeds.
The publication of The Mile Marker is part of Caltrans’ commitment to improving the department’s communication, accountability and transparency, telling in plain language how Caltrans is doing in achieving its safety, mobility and sustainability goals. The publication also quantifies and measures the department’s performance based on consistent markers, so the public and stakeholders can assess how Caltrans is doing on critical transportation metrics.
In April, Caltrans released its new 2015-2020 Strategic Management Plan, a roadmap for Caltrans to meet the five bold new goals it set for itself, with performance measures connected to each goal. These performance measures will be used by Caltrans as tools to manage from the plan and the Mile Marker will be the medium the department will use to report its progress.
The Mile Marker is distributed to the Legislature, local government agencies and transportation professionals statewide and around the country.
Copies of this issue of The Mile Marker are available at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/ctjournal/MileMarker/2015-2/index.html (online)
Caltrans also releases 23 statutorily required reports on a periodic basis on subjects including project delivery, finance, fish passage, state rail and highway maintenance. These reports are located at: http://dot.ca.gov/reports-legislature.htm.