This research builds upon significant efforts that have already taken place concerning the identification and development of performance measures and a performance-based planning and programming process. There have been three key events surrounding the design and development of a performance-based planning and programming process for transportation. The first, held in October 2009, identified at a conceptual level what a performance-based planning and programming process may look like. In June 2010, a peer exchange workshop was held that examined what type of transportation would be needed to support a performance-based planning and programming process. In September 2010, the National Forum on Performance-Based Planning and Programming that brought together the wide range of stakeholders involved in the transportation planning and programming process with the goal of initiating a discussion of how all of the stakeholders could work together in implementing a performance-based planning and programming process. At the same time, the AASHTO Standing Committee on Performance Management created eight task forces charged with identifying an initial set of national-level performance measures as well as two additional task forces looking more broadly about how comparative performance measures and how the performance measures could be incorporated into the transportation planning process.
The objectives of this research were four-fold:
1. Move the conversation of national transportation performance measures and a performance-based planning and programming process from that of a conceptual framework to realistic examples relating national-level measures to the state and regional level.
2. Examine how state DOTs could feasibly work with regional and local stakeholders in relating national transportation performance measures to the state and local level using real-world examples in the U.S.
3. Document potential processes for linking national transportation performance measures to the state and local level for others to use.
4. Identify barriers and obstacles to integrating performance measures into the planning and programming process. Document strategies used to successfully overcome barriers, and additional strategies that might be considered in the future.
The contractor's final report is available HERE.