Research Program Design---Administration of Highway and Transportation Agencies. Issues and Practices in Performance-Based Maintenance and Operations Management

The last 15 years has seen rapid advances in the expectations and practice of performance-based management of transportation systems. These advances are exemplified by development and application of continuously-updated agency and system performance reports (e.g., "dashboards" available on manager's desktops), direct linking of funding to performance expectations, and performance-based contracting to procure from private-sector providers selected services that transportation agencies have traditionally provided using in-house staff and equipment. Several state departments of transportation (DOTs) (e.g., Virginia, Florida) and other transportation agencies have used the latter strategy for maintenance of segments of their highways systems. <span><font size="3">Despite advances that have been made, many DOT officials agree that there are opportunities for further improvement of agencies' performance. Participants in NCHRP-sponsored workshops for chief executive officers have continued for the past several years to identify performance-based management as a priority topic for research. Leadership of AASHTO has continued to direct funds to new NCHRP projects on the topic. The topic is frequently on the agenda of TRB and AASHTO meetings.</font></span><span><font size="3">Among agencies' applications of performance-based management, maintenance and operations contracting arguably is the most advanced and among the areas where the benefits of contracting are most clearly estimated. AASHTO leadership has determined that research is needed to take stock of what has been learned in maintenance and operations outsourcing through performance based approaches and to determine what AASHTO could do to most effectively encourage further advances in performance-based management. </font></span><font size="3">The objective of this research is to hold an executive summit for senior DOT officials to share their views, assess their experiences with performance-based maintenance and operations contracting, and develop a strategy for further advancing agency management practices in this area.</font></p>


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $150000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-24(61)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Lemer, Andrew

  • Performing Organizations:

    ARA, Incorporated

    100 Trade Centre Drive
    Suite 200
    Champaign, IL  United States  61820

    PB Consult, Incorporated

  • Principal Investigators:

    Mallela, Jagannath

    Hoffman, Gary

  • Start Date: 20080608
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20100131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 17290

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01549600
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-24(61)
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2015 1:01AM