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

The U.S. DOT has issued Notices of Proposed Rulemaking or Final Rules for most of the performance areas. Staff developed comments on the proposed rule for National Performance Management Measures; Assessing Performance of the National Highway System, Freight Movement on the Interstate System, and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (PM3). Staff collaborated with California Association of Council of Governments (CALCOG) and other major MPOs within the state on a joint Performance Monitoring comment letter for this particular rulemaking. In August 2016, staff participated in webinars and continues to monitor developments in performance monitoring - at both the state and federal level. Additionally, staff presented an overview of federal performance management requirements to the region’s Public Works Directors (Cities/County Transportation Advisory Committee or CTAC) at its November meeting. Within one year after rules are finalized, Caltrans is required to set performance targets. SANDAG, as the MPO for the San Diego region, is required to establish performance targets within six months of the statewide targets. The Safety Performance Measure final rule became effective on April 14, 2016. SANDAG staff is participating in this target setting process with Caltrans and other partner agencies. Caltrans is expected to establish state targets by August 31, 2017, while MPOs will set targets by February 27, 2018.

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