WSDOT to set new goals for accountability

With an emphasis on greater community involvement and partnerships, agency efficiency and innovation, and a multimodal approach to transportation system capacity, Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson introduced Results WSDOT – Setting WSDOT’s Direction, a strategic plan for 2014 to 2017.

“We took a different approach to building our roadmap,” said Peterson. “What you won’t find are pages and pages of detail, bound up in a book that gathers dust on the shelf. What you’ll find instead, is the first step in creating an active plan that guides WSDOT on its journey forward.”

Results WSDOT is built on six goals that the agency strives to achieve: Strategic investments, modal integration, environmental stewardship, organizational strength, community engagement and smart technology.

Each goal includes priority outcomes that will lead to success. The goals also align with Governor Jay Inslee’s priorities for the state and support WSDOT’s reforms.

WSDOT’s next steps will include developing implementation plans for each of the six goals. For example, as part of strategic investments, WSDOT will begin work to identify criteria to define and prioritize operational and asset management strategies for corridors, based on input from both internal and external interests. Future preservation and capacity investments on strategic corridors will strive to offer the broadest benefits to the statewide system within existing revenue.

“This is a shift in the way we do business,” said Peterson. “It pushes us to leverage our limited resources by engaging with communities and our partners. This will help us ensure we have an efficient and integrated multimodal transportation system that uses all available capacity.”

Results WSDOT will evolve as the agency begins to implement its strategies, measure performance and report on actions and achievements. Progress toward reaching the goals will be reported in the agency’s quarterly performance report, the “Gray Notebook.”

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