Performance measures are metrics which help monitor and track progress of the transportation system over time, and are used as a basis for supporting investment and policy decisions by comparing alternative solutions.
SMPO is developing performance measures that will help track both the transportation system and its impact on the overall quality of life in the Strafford region. Measures will be integrated into the newest update of SMPO's Metropolitan Transportation Plan (Metro Plan) and will help implement performance based transportation planning within the Strafford region and the state. Check out the interactive presentation below to learn more about the benfits of using performance measures in transportation planning.
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Following the efforts that led to the Stakeholder and Context Assessment Synthesis Report (Phase I of Strafford MPOs performance measures planning processes), Strafford MPO is continuing its performance measures planning work as Phase II through the SHRP 2 PlanWorks program.
Funded by the Strategic Highways Research Program 2 (SHRP2), the SHRP2 PlanWorks program led to the creation of a Performance-Based Planning Workgroup (PBP Workgroup). This group is made of representatives from all four NH Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the NH Department of Transportation (NH DOT), the NH Department of Environmental Services (NH DES), and a representative from a NH rural planning commission (Southwest Regional Planning Commission). During the timeline of this project, the group is tasked with working collaboratively to implement performance-based planning, pursuant to Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), in the MPO regions of NH.
In addition to federally mandated performance measures, the Workgroup will establish additional supplemental performance measures to enhance the national standards within the state and its regions. The Workgroup will work together over a 12 month period to create a common framework for performance-based transportation planning as well as to develop a common set of performance measures.
Strafford MPO has been facilitating monthly meetings with the PBP Workgroup to develop these supplemental performance measures to be used in transportation planning and use PlanWorks to increase collaboration between the MPOs and NHDOT.
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To ensure cross-regional consistency while incorporating unique regional contexts in determining baseline transportation measures, Strafford Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is collaborating with other MPOs and the NH Department of Transportation (DOT). As part of its collaboration initiative, SRPC/SMPO has partnered with other New Hampshire MPOs, a representative of rural planning commissions, NHDOT, NH Division of Federal Highways Administration (FHWA), and Region 1 of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) via a WorkGroup to establish and implement performance-based transportation planning in New Hampshire, on both regional and state levels. Federal legislation MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century) requires MPOs and DOTs to track performance measures in the emphasis areas covered by the 7 National Goals (see below).
1. Safety — to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads.
2. Infrastructure condition — to maintain the highway infrastructure asset system in a state of good repair.
3. Congestion reduction — to achieve a significant reduction in congestion on the NHS.
4. System reliability — to improve the efficiency of the surface transportation system.
5. Freight movement and economic vitality — to improve the national freight network, strengthen the ability of rural communities to access national and international trade markets, and support regional economic development.
6. Environmental sustainability — to enhance the performance of the transportation system while protecting and enhancing the natural environment.
7. Reduced project delivery delays — to reduce project costs, promote jobs and the economy, and expedite the movement of people and goods by accelerating project completion through eliminating delays in the project development and delivery process, including reducing regulatory burdens and improving agencies' work practices.
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.
Contact Regional Planning and Communications Specialist, Lynn Cherry at email@example.com
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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