Near-Term Action - Target-setting and monitoring processes for federal performance measures

The federal government’s MAP-21, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, established a performance- and outcome-based transportation program. The objective of this program is for states and regions to invest resources in projects that collectively will make progress toward the achievement of the national goals. The national goals include safety, infrastructure condition or state of good repair, congestion reduction, transportation system reliability, freight movement and economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and reduced project delivery delays.

MAP-21 and the current Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act require the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), in consultation with states, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other stakeholders, to establish performance measures in the following areas:

  • Pavement condition on the Interstate Highway System and on remainder of the National Highway System (NHS)
  • Performance of the Interstate Highway System and the remainder of the NHS
  • Bridge condition on the NHS
  • Fatalities and serious injuries – both number and rate per vehicle mile traveled – on all public roads
  • Traffic congestion
  • On-road mobile source emissions
  • Freight movement on the Interstate Highway System

Staff presented PM 1 safety target setting options to the Active Transportation Working Group, Cities and County Transportation Advisory Council, San Diego Regional Traffic Engineers Council, Tribal Transportation Working Group, and the Regional Transportation Working Group. The Transportation and Public Safety Committees will be asked to provide input on safety targets for 2018 in early 2018, prior to the Board taking action on these targets.

The next update to San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan, which would be complete in 2019, anticipates the inclusion of a System Performance Report to document progress achieved in meeting performance targets.

Related links:

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/fastact/factsheets/
https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/tpm/about/index.cfm
http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/transprog/map21/map21_implementation.htm