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 can be siloed within state DOTs and often happens 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 and MPO collaboration related to target setting, investment decisions, and performance monitoring of pavement and bridge assets for performance-based planning and programming.
Information to be gathered includes (but is not limited to):
· AM related activities that have prompted DOT/MPO collaboration
· How development and implementation of the Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP) informs the long-range planning activities at MPOs and DOTs
· Activities states 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
· Obstacles that have limited DOT/MPO collaboration in support of transportation asset management (e.g. state and non-state ownership/maintenance, funding constraints)
· Identification of performance measures that support long-range planning and AM goals
· Strategies for addressing discrepancies between state and federal performance measures (e.g. challenges with communication, analysis, etc.)
· How DOTs and MPOs collaborate and coordinate on asset management (e.g. agreements, special meetings, organizational structure, governance)
· How outcomes are monitored and reported between MPOs and the DOTs
· How differing priorities between DOTs and MPOs are influencing trade-off decisions among performance areas (e.g. transit, congestion, safety)
Information will be collected through literature review, survey of DOTs and MPOs, and follow-up interviews with selected agencies for the development of case examples highlighting MPOs and DOTs working in a collaborative manner to measure and monitor infrastructure condition and system performance. Information gaps and suggestions for research to address those gaps will be identified.
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
First meeting: September 27, 2019, Washington, DC
Second meeting: June 22, 2020