In 2012, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) was passed, mandating all Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) to use performance measures to work towards specific goals and targets. This signified a major shift in transportation planning to a performance-based approach. Knowing that we had these measures to set targets for, SRPC formed a workgroup with New Hampshire Department of Transportation, the other three MPOs in New Hampshire, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the NH Department of Environmental Services. This group worked together to work out the methodologies and strategies for the mandated performance measures, and also to develop supplemental measures for the MPO regions in New Hampshire. At present, we have seven regional performance measures in place, to complement the mandated measures. The four MPOs will continue to work together as Partnering for Performance NH to develop further performance measures as data and information become available. The Partnering for Performance website details this project, the process, the work to create performance measures, and detailed methodologies.
Performance-based planning allows us to examine data, past and present, and create performance measures that tell us how the decisions we make are effecting change and progress. It provides a more informed approach when making decisions and prioritizing projects. Because this approach gives us measurable targets, we can adjust our expectations and work more productively with accurate information. This ensures that money is spent most effectively to reduce fatal crashes, increase safety, improve our transportation infrastructure and reduce traffic congestion. It pushes us to ensure that our transportation system is performing at its best.
SRPC will be setting targets for measures on an ongoing basis. The FHWA recently published this guideline for implementation dates. This timeline can be found here.
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In 2015, SRPC received funding to create a workgroup consisting of the four NH MPOs, NHDOT, NHDES, FHWA, FTA, and a rural planning commission. This group began meeting monthly in July 2016, and continues to meet regularly. In the first year, the group focused on implementing performance based planning. The Partnering for Performance NH group described above is the continuation of the group formed for this project. SRPC continues to be a champion for the PlanWorks program and recently attended a peer exchange at USDOT headquarters in Washington, D.C.
On behalf of the workgroup, SRPC/SMPO conducted focused interviews/discussions with stakeholders to ensure that the MPOs considered all angles, perspectives, and key priorities during the establishment process of additional inter-regional and statewide measures (those not covered under MAP-21). SRPC/SMPO interviewed over 80 representatives from approximately 50 groups in the following categories: state agencies, federal agencies, advocacy and non-profit groups, regional planning commissions and MPOs, freight, public and private bus transit providers, passenger rail, expert groups, and other entities.
Qualitative data analysis was performed on all interviews with the help of NVivo software. Results of these focused interviews were summarized via a Synthesis Report, which will guide the workgroup in moving forward with performance based planning within the MPO regions and the state.
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Performance Based Planning Panel presentation at the 2015 Tri-State Transit Conference. [ September 9, 2015 ]
Stakeholder and Context Assessment Synthesis Report [ February 4, 2016 ]
Transportation Research Board, NCHRP. Report 708: A Guidebook for Sustainability Performance Measurement for Transportation Agencies. Prepared by Texas Transportation Institute & Cambridge Systematics. 2011
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