Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices. Topic 48-14. State of Practice of State DOTs and Metropolitan Planning Organizations in Analyzing Data for Managing Transportation Performance

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) legislation introduced performance into the Federal Highway Program through the establishment of goals in which State departments of transportation (DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) will be required to report on and make progress towards targets they will set against a number of national performance measures. The objective of this new aspect of the Federal program is to focus Federal funds on the achievement of national goals, increasing accountability and transparency, and improving investment decision-making through performance-based planning and programming. Currently, a series of rulemakings are underway to establish the regulations to implement these new aspects of the Federal program and a number of efforts are underway by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), State DOTs, MPOs, and other entities to prepare for these changes. One issue that has arisen as part of the preparation and comments received on the rulemakings has been data. FHWA, State DOTs, and MPOs are in agreement that a critical aspect of the new Federal Highway Program will be the collection and analysis of transportation data. State DOTs and MPOs will need to manage, process, and analyze data to conduct many of the functions needed to carry out a performance-based program. The goal of this synthesis project is to better understand how State DOTs and MPOs are currently analyzing data for managing transportation performance as part of anticipated changes to the Federal program or current performance-based programs an agency may have implemented. To address the goal, this synthesis has three objectives: (1) Identify and better understand the current state of practice in the availability and use of analysis tools; (2) Identify research and development underway of promising new tools; and (3) Determine the gaps that need to be addressed to better support State DOT and MPO needs. Information will be gathered through a literature review and survey of State DOTs and a sample of MPOs subject to the new Federal rules. The MAP-21 performance areas include safety, infrastructure condition, system performance, congestion, air quality, and freight movement, which are all integrated into the planning and programming process. The study will gather information about how State DOTs and MPOs do the following: (1) Process, review, and manage data; (2) Conduct project and network level benefit-cost analyses; (3) Conduct modeling and forecasting performance; (4) Establish short and long-term targets; (5) Select and program projects; (6) Monitor system performance and progress; and (7) Create visual displays of performance. The findings of the synthesis study will be documented in a final report that can be used by national, state, and local organizations to learn about best practices and to identify needs for future research, development, and deployment.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic 48-14

  • 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:

    Zwhalen, Tanya

  • Start Date: 20160511
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40823

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  • Accession Number: 01598983
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic 48-14
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: May 11 2016 1:00AM