Test and Demonstrate the Implementation of NCHRP Project 08-91, Cross-Asset Allocation

Performance management is being increasingly applied in the transportation industry as state departments of transportation (DOTs), metropolitan planning organizations, transit agencies, and other local/regional transportation planning and service providers strive to invest in projects that achieve performance targets across the multimodal transportation system. While the concepts of performance management and performance measures are generally understood, deciding how to best allocate inevitably limited resources across various types of investments to provide acceptable transportation system performance poses a persistent and difficult challenge for agency managers, elected officials, and the public. National Cooperative Highway Research Project (NCHRP) Project 08-91 provides a Framework and Tool Prototype for cross-asset resource allocation and demonstrates that a performance-based cross-asset investment approach can be achieved. The 08-91 Framework and Tool Prototype testing demonstrates that senior DOT managers can use a cross-allocation approach to analyze and communicate the likely system performance impact of investment decisions across multiple types of transportation assets. The research also provides recommendations for implementation and full deployment of a cross-investment approach within an agency. While 08-91 research provides an implementable methodology that was tested for the research, it does not include a full deployment of the cross-asset resource allocation approach within a transportation agency. A full test deployment of a capital cross-asset investment approach is needed. The objective of this research is to evaluate the practicality of implementing the NCHRP Project 08-91 research, by testing the process within one or more transportation agencies. To complete this work, the 08-91 Framework will be implemented in a fully functioning tool that can be applied within an agency to: (1) set strategic and long-range goals; (2) select performance measures; (3) analyze project-level data to support predictive analyses needed for the 08-91 Framework (to include both quantitative and qualitative data); (4) conduct multi-objective decision-making and tradeoff analysis; and (5) develop/optimize a capital transportation program at both the programmatic ("top down") and project ("bottom up") levels. The deployment should provide a fully functioning solution that can be utilized in agency strategic planning, long-range planning, asset management planning, and project selection using these five Framework steps. Implementation will require the ability to take post-processed outputs from existing data management systems, whether from quantitative or qualitative sources, to ensure a comprehensive set of measures to include in the decision making. It is important to note that the 08-91 research identified the availability and validity of data to support a cross-asset allocation approach as an implementation challenge. The selected team should be prepared to identify and assess current management systems and predictive models and apply outputs for a cross-asset investment approach and make recommendations for any additional data needed (both quantitative and qualitative, because the 08-91 research recommends the incorporation of qualitative data to support decision making to meet stakeholder priorities). Where qualitative data are recommended, the selected research team should make recommendations regarding how and where these data may be collected, the organization of the data set (binary "yes/no" or other), and the methodology for vetting qualitative data. Additionally, the selected research team should be prepared to address risk in all components of the 08-91 Framework and show how implementation supports Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Centrury Act (MAP-21) requirements.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-103

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    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:

    Rogers, William

  • Start Date: 20150805
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40195

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572355
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-103
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 6 2015 1:00AM