City of Austin Performance Report 2014-15

Percent of School-Zone Indicator Signals that Received Preventive Maintenance

Measure Description
Properly functioning reduced speed school zones are one of many elements used to enhance the safety of children traveling to and from school. Each summer and throughout the year, the Austin Transportation Department (ATD) performs preventive maintenance on school zones in preparation for the coming school year. Preventive maintenance helps ensure the beacons are performing properly and activate according to a schedule agreed-upon with the school districts. As a result, preventive maintenance increases safety and reduces trouble calls from the public. ATD currently operates over 300 school zones and 553 school zone flashers throughout Austin.   
Calculation Method
This measure reports the percentage of school zone flashers that received preventive maintenance during the fiscal year.
FY 2014-15 Results
ATD performed preventive maintenance on 316 out of 553 school-zone flashers, which represents 57% of all school zone flashers in FY 2014-15. This result exceeded ATD’s goal of performing preventive maintenance on 33% of all school zone flashers.
Assessment of Results
This is the first year that ATD is tracking this measure, and therefore, prior year data was not available. During FY 2014-15, ATD enhanced its preventive maintenance program (goals, resources, procedures, and reporting processes) to ensure all school zone flashers receive preventive maintenance at least once during a three year period. Furthermore, the Department created a school zone indicator preventative maintenance form for technicians when performing a preventive maintenance. These enhancements led to ATD achieving and surpassing its preventive maintenance goal for the year.
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Next Steps
ATD changed this performance measure in FY 2014-15 from the “number” to the “percentage” of school zone flashers receiving preventive maintenance. This change aligned as the result of a Citywide audit of performance measures reviewed by the City Auditor’s Office for better transparency.
Contact Information
For more information contact Robert Spillar, P.E., Transportation Director at (512) 974-2488.