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

The federal Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), 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
  • Transit state of good repair and safety

Staff continued to coordinate with Caltrans and other California MPOs regarding the establishment of statewide and regional targets for the three performance management rules from the Federal Highways Administration and two performance management rules from the Federal Transit Administration. On October 5, 2018, the SANDAG Transportation Committee approved support for the statewide targets for PM 2 related to pavement and bridge conditions and for PM 3 measures related to system performance and freight. An additional PM 3 performance measure for emission reductions under the CMAQ program was established on September 15, 2018, in the CMAQ Performance Plan. Regional transit asset-management targets were approved by the SANDAG Transportation Committee on September 7, 2019. The PM 1 safety targets are established on an annual basis, and the SANDAG Board approved supporting the statewide 2018, 2019, and 2020 targets.

The 2019 Federal Regional Transportation Plan, Appendix D: Federal System Performance Report, documents the target-setting methodology and tracking on progress toward achieving the performance targets.

Related links:

FHWA FAST Act Fact Sheets
FHWA Transportation Performance Management
FTA Performance Management
Caltrans Transportation Programming
SANDAG 2019 Federal RTP: Federal System Performance Report