Research for AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways. Task 366. Accessing Information about Transportation Systems Management and Operations Performance Measurement

Performance measurement and monitoring are becoming increasingly important to state departments of transportation (DOTs) as they work to improve the transportation system’s service to its users and contribution to the nation’s economy and general wellbeing. Growing federal program emphasis on system performance measurement and management is encouraging efforts to develop effective performance measures and performance monitoring practices. As the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO’s) Subcommittee on Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) has discussed extensively, these efforts are producing a rapidly expanding body of information about research and evaluations of agencies’ work on performance measurement and monitoring. TSMO staff members and their advisors in academia and private practice face significant challenges in trying to gain access to this information. These practitioners risk duplicating previous work, adopting measures and practices others have found to be inappropriate for particular applications, or both. For example, just in the last 20 years some 54 studies on TSMO performance have been completed under National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) alone. Numerous other studies have undoubtedly been funded by DOTs and other agencies addressing similar topics. A DOT staff member or other individual, even one fully conversant with the topic area, may require days to find previous work relevant to a problem at hand or to judge with some confidence that such work does not exist. Practitioners would benefit from having a topical synthesis of current agency practices in TSMO performance measurement and monitoring and a tool to facilitate their access to the literature as its growth continues. The synthesis and tool will be most useful if they are responsive to the ways DOT TSMO staff use information about performance measurement, particularly as it relates to agencies’ current practices and program regulations. The objectives of this research are to (a) prepare a report surveying the current state of practice in TSMO performance measurement and monitoring and (b) develop a user-friendly tool to assist TSMO professionals to find and retrieve topic-specific information about current practice. The research team will (a) survey available literature (including print and web-based publications) on TSMO performance measures and performance monitoring; (b) survey current DOTs’ efforts to develop and adopt TSMO performance measurement and monitoring and ongoing research to advance these efforts; (c) develop a classification scheme to facilitate practitioner access to information about specific areas of TSMO performance measurement and monitoring; (d) work with AASHTO and the National Operations Center of Excellence to provide user-friendly access to information about TSMO performance measurement and monitoring practices and research; (e) convene a workshop to present the surveys of available literature and current practices and demonstrate the tool to TSOM staff of a selected DOT and other TSMO professionals; and (f) prepare a final report summarizing the current state of practice and research and the means for accessing this information.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $100000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-07, Task 366

  • 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:

    Lemer, Andrew

  • Performing Organizations:

    Florida International University

    Miami, FL  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Stevanovic, Aleksandar

  • Start Date: 20160401
  • Expected Completion Date: 20160930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40733

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01594551
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-07, Task 366
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 25 2016 1:00AM