Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) was signed into law in June 2012 as the new federal transportation reauthorization act which replaced Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). MAP-21 is the first transportation reauthorization act to include Performance Measures, Target Setting, Performance Plans, and the like. The U. S. Department of Transportation, under the law’s authority, has proceeded with rulemaking activities to define the requirements and content of performance measurement and management for the portions of the nation’s transportation system subject to federal oversight. Rulemaking has progressed slowly.
States are faced with a myriad of dates and requirements to comply with the new rules. Many DOT’s, regardless of how mature their performance management system is, need assistance in implementing the rules. Coordination of performance management efforts with Metropolitan Planning Organizations presents additional challenges for many states. The objectives of this research are to (a) assess the degree of state DOT “readiness” for data collection, data analysis, and data reporting needed to meet the requirements of new federal rules to implement performance measurement and management; and (b) develop guidance, tools, and good practice examples to assist DOTs with compliance.
STATUS (October 2017): After completing initial assessments of readiness and needs, the research team have been working with state and metropolitan agency personnel to develop a tool for tracking requirements and critical dates for rule compliance.