Defining and Assessing Transportation System Health to Achieve a Resilient and Sustainable Transportation System

NCHRP Research Report 1042: State Transportation Agency Decision-Making for System Performance: Practitioners Playbook developed an analytic framework for transportation agencies to use for the integration of critical issues into decision-making related to system performance using interactive visualization. The framework helps states to understand the critical linkages, values, and relationships among multiple variables (needs) and provides a method about how to adjust those relationships. This research will build on the framework to define a performance-based process to assist agencies in defining “Transportation System Health.” Within a given jurisdiction, unique values, needs, context, and characteristics could be considered. The intent of this effort is to help state departments of transportation (DOTs) understand individual strategic goals, objectives, and performance measures and to use this information to set priorities for programs and projects. The objective of this research is to develop a method for defining and determining Transportation System Health, in terms relevant for each state DOT’s values, needs context, and characteristics useable for ranking and prioritizing programs, projects, and budget. Tasks may include: (1) review current practices of decision-making tools; (2) perform gap analysis on system objectives as part of an analytic framework; (3) determine performance driven and evidence-based methods for defining and characterizing Transportation System Health; (4) assess and qualify/quantify enterprise and asset risks considerations in Transportation System Health so that decision-making occurs among state DOTs and its partners, and legislative and executive branch agencies; and (5) rank and prioritize programs and projects based on the optimization of Transportation System Health to determine meaningful and viable processes, methods, and metrics to measure system health ratings. This would be from a state DOT vantage point to positively impact the future performance of the multimodal systems.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $350000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-138

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Wadsworth, Trey

  • Start Date: 20240610
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01919270
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-138
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 21 2024 5:18PM