Assessing Transportation Agencies' Response to MAP 21 and FAST
into law by President Barack Obama in July of 2012, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) has significantly increased
the planning and performance management requirements of transportation
agencies. It introduces newly required
statewide plans, such as the Freight Investment Plan and the Transportation
Asset Management Plan, each with a specific requirements and performance measures
to gauge progress toward the strategies identified in the plan. MAP 21 also introduces and requires states
and MPOs to establish targets in eight different performance areas. Since
MAP 21 and subsequent federal rulemaking, transportation agencies have been
striving to meet these new requirements and to adapt their processes and
structure to support these efforts long term.
transportation agency has a unique structure with performance management and
planning processes that are designed to meet not only these Federal requirements,
but also to meet state requirements, not to mention to support strategic long
term objectives established by the agency.
Because of the unique nature of transportation agencies, there is no
singularly optimal method for meeting these new Federal requirements. There are, however, many lessons to be
learned in the assessment of peer agencies.
The objective of this synthesis is to compare and contrast practices and
strategies among states DOTs and MPOs.
Questions to be answered would include, but not be limited to:
do states link the newly required plans to their federally required statewide multimodal
plans as described in 23 United States Code?
are Safety Plans, Freight Investment Plans and Transportation Asset Management
Plans linked to State Transportation Investment Programs or other comprehensive
investment plans or programs?
have newly required plans and performance targets affected investment
are agencies establishing performance targets?
What is the governance model for review and revision of targets?* How
are transportation agencies working together to share data, establish targets,
and discuss best practice strategies
- Where have agencies
realized notable successes and failures in the incorporation of new plans and
implementation of new performance measures and targets?
MAP 21 has changed transportation planning process more than any
reauthorization in almost three decades.
Transportation agencies are quickly adapting and evolving in
response. The product of this research
would allow for an assessment of the strategies, process changes and even
organizational changes that have resulted. Sharing lessons learned will allow
each of the states to benefit from the collective experience of their peers.
|Sponsoring Committee:||ADA10, Statewide Multimodal Transportation Planning
|Research Period:||6 - 12 months|
|Source Info:||On August 1, 2017, during the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Conference on Performance-Based Transportation Planning in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Transportation Research Board’s ADA10 Committee (ADA10), and AASHTO held the one-day peer exchange “One Vision, Many Goals, Many Objectives. The findings and all presentation materials from this peer exchange can be found on AASHTO Website.|
|Index Terms:||Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, State departments of transportation, Transportation policy, Performance measurement, Compliance, |
|Cosponsoring Committees:||ABC30, Performance Measurement|
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