Average Travel Speeds/Times on Arterial Streets

Desired Result:  Below Target

 
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Analysis of Performance

Note: This new metric automatically calculates average speed times based on actual vehicle travel duration between traffic signals on arterial roads.

  • Traffic volume-weighted average travel times (in minutes/mile) on City arterial streets including Harmony, Horsetooth, Drake, Prospect, Mulberry, Taft Hill, Shields, College, Lemay and Timberline during the p.m. peak period on weekdays.  
  • Q2 '21 travel times were up 9% compared to Q2 '20. This is likely due to the lifting of the Covid Restrictions we were under in 2020.
  • Q2 '21 travel times were down 6% compared to the previous 5-year average for Q2. 
  • Overall, traffic volumes were down an average of 1.9% in Q2 ‘21 compared to typical pre-COVID numbers.   


Metric Definition
Traffic volume-weighted average travel times (in minutes/mile) on City arterial streets including Harmony, Horsetooth, Drake, Prospect, Mulberry, Taft Hill, Shields, College, Lemay and Timberline during the p.m. peak period on weekdays.
Why Is This Important?
Efficient travel on the arterial street system in Fort Collins is important for the quality of life for residents, the safety of residents and the economic vitality of the City.
City Organization Impact on Performance

High – Virtually everyone in the City is impacted by the transportation system. While there are many external factors -- particularly economic factors that impact the operation of the City transportation system, there is still much that the City can do in terms of policies, priorities, planning and operations that affect the performance of the system.

Benchmark Information
To date there is not reliable benchmark information from other cities as the technology deployed in Fort Collins to measure travel times is relatively new. Not many cities are using it yet and reporting methods are not consistent.