Sustainable Transportation Performance Measures for State DOTs

<div><div><font size="3">Transportation Research Board (TRB) committees were tasked to identify key research needs to be posted on the TRB website. TRB's Committee on Performance Measurement (ABC30) has done extensive work over the past three years to identify research needs. The committee prioritized these needs and identified five key needs to be posted on the website. Two of these are directly related to the issue of using performance measurement to address sustainable transportation. This proposed research project has been developed to address these two needs. </font><font size="3">The objective of sustainable development is to ensure that the economic, social, and environmental needs of current and future generations are effectively addressed. Sustainable transportation can be viewed as an expression of sustainable development in the transportation sector and requires the provision of safe, effective, and efficient access and mobility into the future while considering economic, social, and environmental needs. The reality, however, is that these principles are rarely implemented in an integrated way. </font><font size="3">For sustainable transportation to be successfully implemented, it is essential that the concepts are adequately understood, quantified and applied.Similarly, for state departments of transportation (DOTs) to move closer to achieving the goals of sustainable transportation, it is essential that the underlying sustainability-related goals and objectives be quantified and applied. To facilitate this process there is a need for a practical and easy-to-use tool or methodology. </font><font size="3">All DOTs have strategic goals that they seek to achieve. These goals typically cover a broad range of topics and can be consolidated into categories that specifically address the dimensions of sustainability--economic development, social equity, and environmental stewardship. Therefore, achieving these consolidated goals will enhance the sustainability of the specific DOT's transportation system. Examples of state DOT goals related to sustainable transportation include improved safety, reduced congestion, enhanced economic opportunity, improved air quality, reliable mobility, system preservation, accelerated project delivery, economic vitality, and increased value of transportation assets.</font></div><div><font size="3">Performance measurement has, over the decades, evolved as an effective methodology for quantifying goals and objectives. Working with performance measures, however, can be a daunting task due to the large number of possible measures, extensive data that might be required, and computational complexity that is often introduced--hence the need for identifying "good" and easy-to-use performance measures. </font><font size="3">This project will develop a tool or methodology that will put state DOTs in a position to measure the relative sustainability of their transportation corridors and networks over space and time. The methodology will clearly describe the underlying principles of sustainable transportation, possible goals that can be used to address these principles, and performance measures that can be used to address these goals. In developing the measures, all the attributes of a "good" performance measure will be considered, including aspects such as data availability, sensitivity, and relevance. The methodology will be in the form of a "toolbox" from which the states can select their most appropriate sustainability goals and associated performance measures. The toolbox will also describe computation methods for these measures and possible data sources. Finally, the toolbox will comprise a decision-making method that can be used to develop decisions based on the quantified measures. </font></div><div><br /></div></div>


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $500000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 8-74

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Sundstrom, Lori

  • Start Date: 20080618
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 17988

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464479
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 8-74
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:43PM