The National Academies

NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 51-05 [Active (Synthesis)]

Collaborative Practices for Performance-Based Asset Management between State Transportation Agencies and Metropolitan Planning Organizations
[ NCHRP 20-05 (Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $45,000
Authorization to Begin Work: 5/1/2019 -- estimated
Staff Responsibility: Tanya Zwahlen
Research Agency: Spy Pond Partners, LLC
Principal Investigator: Hyun-A Park
Effective Date: 9/27/2019
Fiscal Year: 2019

Final Scope



The FAST Act emphasizes preservation of the existing transportation system in the metropolitan long-range transportation factors. These factors directly link the practice of long-range transportation planning to the practice of transportation asset management. Transportation asset management (AM), one of the national performance areas identified in MAP-21, is a strategic approach and business model that prioritizes investments primarily based on the condition of assets. The asset management cycle involves asset management plan development, maintenance and engineering activities, asset management plan monitoring, asset prioritization, and investment trade-off activities. A key component of asset management plan development is the inclusion of a performance management framework intended to provide a systematic approach to measuring progress in the implementation of an asset management strategy while enabling auditing and monitoring. Performance measurement and transportation asset management are therefore inextricably linked.

MAP-21 resulted in increased attention being paid to performance-based transportation planning across local, regional and statewide planning scales. The result has been increased communication and coordination across the national performance goal areas. Yet the practice of asset management within state DOTs can happen separate and apart from the performance-based transportation planning activities that occur within MPOs. However, to achieve the strategic vision of transportation asset management for system preservation, measurement, monitoring and prioritization, the integration of DOT and MPO activities, and coordination in the development of AM performance measures, may be necessary.

The objective of this synthesis is to document DOT collaboration with MPOs relative to target setting, investment decisions, and performance monitoring of pavement and bridge assets for performance-based planning and programming. The synthesis will focus on DOT practices to initiate and facilitate collaboration with MPOs.

Information to be gathered includes (but is not limited to):
• AM related activities that have prompted DOT to facilitate collaboration with MPOs.
• How development and implementation of the Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP) informs the long-range planning activities at MPOs and DOTs.
• Activities DOTs are undertaking to promote asset preservation and target setting at MPOs
Efficiencies and innovations generated from the integration of long-range MPO planning and DOT-led AM activities.
• Challenges to effective DOT collaboration with MPOs (as reported by DOTs) to support transportation asset management (e.g. state and non-state ownership/maintenance).
• Identification of performance measures that support long-range planning and AM goals.
• DOT strategies for addressing discrepancies between state and federal performance measures (e.g. challenges with communication, analysis, etc.).
• How DOTs collaborate and coordinate with MPOs on asset management (e.g. agreements, special meetings, organizational structure, governance).
• How DOTs monitor and report the outcomes of asset management activities to MPOs
• How differing priorities between DOTs and MPOs may influence trade-off decisions by DOTs among performance areas (e.g. transit, congestion, safety).

Information will be collected through literature review, survey of DOTs, and follow-up interviews with selected agencies for the development of case examples highlighting DOT collaboration with MPOs to measure and monitor infrastructure condition and system performance. Information gaps and suggestions for research to address those gaps will be identified.





Topic Panel

Basak Aldemir Bektas, Minnesota State University

Deanna K. Belden, Minnesota DOT

Tamara P. Haas, New Mexico DOT

Keith Miller, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, Inc.

Massoud Nasrollahi, Virginia DOT

Bryan Pounds, Massachusetts DOT

Steve Gaj, Federal Highway Administration

Thomas Palmerlee, Transportation Research Board


TRB Staff
Christopher Dunne

First meeting: September 27, 2019, Washington, DC 
Teleconference: TBD
Second meeting: June 22, 2020

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