Graffiti Blasters roll out 'ward-blitz' system

February 17, 2012 2:54:02 PM PST
The city's Streets and Sanitation department is rolling out a new strategy for making its graffiti blasting teams more efficient.

Following the lead of the department's forestry teams, Graffiti Blasters are using a targeted, ward-based grid system to map out service calls before dispatching crews.

According to the city, the so-called "ward-blitz" system allows more crew productivity by reducing travel time between jobs and fuel costs as well.

"The idea behind the blitz concept is that you map your jobs in the ward in close proximity, and you get more work done by doing that," said Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Thomas Byrne.

The commissioner says the new strategy reduced the service backlog for tree-trimming by more than 25 percent over the past three months. They hope to achieve similar improvements in graffiti blasting.