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Performance Based Planning

A key feature of The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21(2012)) was the establishment of a performance- and outcome-based program. The objective of this performance- and outcome-based program is for States to invest resources in projects that collectively will make progress toward the achievement of the national goals.  The FAST Act (2015) continues MAP-21’s overall performance management approach.  Following are the seven original national performance goals for the Federal-aid highway program that were identified in MAP-21:

Goal Area and National Goal:

Safety:  To achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads.

Infrastructure Condition:  To maintain the highway infrastructure asset system in a state of good repair.

Congestion Reduction:  To achieve a significant reduction in congestion on the National Highway System.

System Reliability:  To improve the efficiency of the surface transportation system.

Freight Movement & Economic Vitality:  To improve the national freight network, strengthen the ability of rural communities to access national and international trade markets, and support regional economic development.

Environmental Sustainability:  To enhance the performance of the transportation system while protecting and enhancing the natural environment.

Reduced Project Delivery Delays:  To reduce project costs, promote jobs and the economy, and expedite the movement of people and goods by accelerating project completion through eliminating delays in the project development and delivery process, including reducing regulatory burdens and improving agencies’ work practices.

WMSRDC continues to coordinate with our local, state, and federal partners to implement performance-based planning.  This involves coordination with the Michigan Department of Transportation throughout the development of state targets, evaluation of regional performance data, committee deliberation and decision-making regarding WMSRDC’s support of state targets or establishment of the MPO’s own targets, and continuous evaluation of progress.