The Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO), the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Planning Area, has released a draft list of 2022 regional roadway safety and transit performance measures and targets.
Recent federal surface transportation legislation requires Metropolitan Planning Organizations to prepare and use a set of federally-established performance measures and set targets. These measures and targets are required in the areas of roadway safety, transit asset management, transit safety, pavement condition, bridge condition, roadway performance, and freight. The HRTPO must approve 2022 regional performance targets in three of these areas – roadway safety, transit asset management, and transit safety.
There are five safety measures that MPOs are required to establish targets and monitor progress for:
• Fatality Rate
• Serious Injuries
• Serious Injury Rate
• Bike/Pedestrian Fatalities & Serious Injuries (combined)
A task force comprised of staff from localities, transit agencies, VDOT, and subject-matter experts was created to assist with recommending performance targets. The Regional Performance Measures Task Force came to a consensus that HRTPO should continue to adopt Vision Zero targets for each of these measures, where the number of fatalities, serious injuries, and bike/pedestrian fatalities & serious injuries are reduced by a set amount each year to reach a goal of zero by 2050, the horizon of the upcoming regional Long-Range Transportation Plan.
Using the Vision Zero concept, the draft 2022 regional safety performance targets recommended by the performance measures task force are as follows:
Federal legislation requires transit performance measures in the area of state of good repair, also referred to as transit asset management (TAM). There are four TAM asset categories that MPOs are required to establish targets and monitor progress for:
• Rolling Stock - Buses, ferry boats, light rail vehicles, and trolley buses
• Equipment/Service Vehicles - Non-revenue automobiles, trucks, and other vehicles
• Infrastructure – Light rail
• Facilities – Passenger, parking, maintenance, and administrative facilities
Hampton Roads Transit (HRT), as a Tier I transit agency, must develop and carry out their own TAM plans. As Tier II transit agencies, the Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA) and Suffolk Transit are eligible to participate in group TAM plans. WATA and Suffolk Transit are using the statewide targets that were established by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.
HRTPO staff prepared a recommended list of regional transit asset management targets, based on a weighted average of HRT, WATA, and Suffolk Transit Fiscal Year 2022 targets. These targets are:
There are four transit safety categories that MPOs are required to establish targets and monitor progress for:
· Safety Events
· System Reliability
Similar to transit asset management, Tier I transit agencies such as HRT must develop and carry out their own Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans (PTASPs), and Tier II transit agencies such as WATA and Suffolk Transit are eligible to participate in the statewide PTASP.
HRTPO staff prepared a recommended list of regional transit safety targets, based on a weighted average of HRT, WATA, and Suffolk Transit targets. These draft 2022 targets are:
All interested parties are encouraged to review the regional performance targets and send comments to Mr. Keith Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to 723 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, Virginia 23320. The deadline for comments is January 3, 2022