Performance Standards Issues

Performance based polices mark an important turning point in our nation’s transportation policy it represents both opportunity and danger for ACT and its members. ACT urges all of its members to become familiar with the importance of this process and understand the impact it will have on future funding decisions. TDM projects rank incredibly high in many performance metrics and measures. However, the process of determining what gets counted and how will have a long lasting impact which will determine how years of Federal (and local) funding will be spent. This process will serve as the cornerstone of decisions for the forseeable future and as such, we cannot overstate the importance of this process to all ACT members.


MAP-21 introduces performance measures and outcome based planning. Specifically, MAP-21 establishes a process by which state and local governments will measure the effectiveness of proposed projects as a part of their planning process. The first step in that process is identifying what to measure and how. Over the last several years, ACT and other organizations have been working with the Federal Highway Administration on the development of appropriate metrics. 

MAP-21 Require the Development of Metrics for the following Areas:


Proposed Rules:

US DOT Final Rule

Trump Administration Finalizes Majority of Performance Measure Rule

FHWA NPRM System Performance & CMAQ Performance Metrics

ACT Tells DOT That Performance Metrics Should Focus on Moving People, Not Vehicles


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ACT Proposed Boilerplate Comments
















ACT System Performance & CMAQ Performance Metrics Recommendations 2013


Additional Resources

Senate Letter to USDOT on NPRM (2016)

CUTR Presentation on Potential Performance Measures (2012)

AASHTO Task Force Findings on National Level Measures (2012)

CalTrans Automated Vehicle Occupancy Verification Study (2011)

Florida DOT Vehicle Occupancy Study (2005)