Efficient Transportation

Goal 1: Provide, maintain, and support safe, convenient, durable and efficient transportation infrastructure
Source: Public Works and Utilities Department     ET Goal1     3/27/2013
About this measure:
Traffic approaching Lincoln’s 350 signalized intersections is counted manually by the Public Works Department during the 3 peak periods of the day (7 am to 9 am, 11 am to 1 pm and the 4 pm to 6 pm). The information is used to determine the average vehicle delay. At 28 out of 350 traffic signalized intersections in Lincoln, the average delay for approaching vehicles is 35 seconds or more during the morning and/or evening peak traffic hours.
Why this is important:
Increasing vehicle delays result in excessive fuel consumption, degraded air quality and increased travel times. In addition, poorly timed traffic signals contribute to and increase number of vehicle crashes.
What is being done:
Traffic signals are monitored daily and the data collected is used by the City’s Traffic Signal Technician to adjust signal timing in order to achieve the most efficient traffic flow possible. Seven different traffic signal timing plans are used each day to speed traffic. Special signal timing plans have been developed for weekends, holidays, and special events.



Source: Planning Department     ET Goal1     4/15/2014
About this measure:
The information for this indicator comes from the American Community Survey which is collected and compiled annually by the U.S. Census Bureau. The data includes all commuters whether they are driving alone, carpooling, using transit, cycling, walking or commuting by another means. Commute times must be viewed in context. While they are a general measure of traffic congestion, increases in cycling, walking, and mass transit could increase the commute time average but help reduce congestion by removing single car drivers from the road.
Why this is important:
A relatively short commute time is an important aspect of quality of life. Longer commute times can mean increases in congestion, worsening air quality, and increased demand for expensive roadway expansions that may or may not be effective. Short commute times can also be indicative of a shorter distance between work and home as well as a more efficient development pattern. Minimizing commute time and distance allows residents the opportunity to choose between driving, cycling, walking and public transit which further improves air quality, reduces government expenditures on road infrastructure and encourages community engagement.
What is being done:
The Planning Department, along with many other departments, has worked extensively with the general public, civic groups as well as City and County departments over the past several years to develop an updated Comprehensive Plan (LPLan 2040), an updated 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan (http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/plan/lplan2040/index.htm) and a new Bicycle and Pedestrian Capital Plan. All of these plans lay out steps for the City to take to keep Lincoln’s congestion minimal while increasing the availability of safe, convenient and cost effective transit, cycling and walking choices. Further, the Public Works and Utilities Department has worked at length to improve the timing of traffic signals to make them function as efficiently as possible.



Source: Public Works and Utilities Department     ET Goal1     3/28/2013
About this measure:
A data collection van drives Lincoln streets to rate their pavement conditions as either “very good”, “good”, “fair”, or “poor.”
Why this is important:
Numerous studies have shown that spending $1 on preventive roadway maintenance now SAVES between $8 and $12 dollars on more expensive reactionary work later. Identifying street pavement conditions and reacting before they become “fair” or “poor” saves taxpayer dollars.
What is being done:
Wheel tax funding increases have allowed for more of the preventative maintenance activities to be accomplished and extend street life. Citizens are encouraged to report street defects such as potholes and cracks for repairs so that they can be fixed at a minor level before they become a more costly problem. The city has repaired 14.8, 7.2, and 16.9 miles of arterial streets over the last three years (2010-2012). Residential rehabilitations have completed over 200 blocks in that same time period.