The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) and current Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act surface transportation legislation require that States and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) prepare and use a set of federally-established performance measures. Each MPO must set regional targets in the following areas:
For roadway safety, transit asset management, and transit safety, targets are established for a one-year time horizon and must be set on an annual basis. For the bridge condition, pavement condition, roadway performance and freight measures, MPO targets are established for a four-year time horizon.
Establishing the HRTPO targets has been a collaborative effort. The Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) – which is made up of staff from Hampton Roads localities and stakeholders – oversaw the process and recommended targets for the HRTPO Board to consider. In order to assist the TTAC, the committee formed a Regional Performance Measures Working Group. This group includes staff from localities, transit agencies, VDOT, and subject-matter experts.
As part of this process, HRTPO recently released the 2021 Update to the Regional Performance Measures – System Performance Report. The System Performance Report includes a description of the methodology used to calculate each measure, historical data trends for each of the areas, information on statewide targets, a description of the targets that have been established by the HRTPO, and the progress being made towards meeting the established targets. This report is updated on an annual basis to reflect updated targets as well as progress towards meeting the established targets.
Most of the regional targets established by the HRTPO are being achieved as of the most recent data. The region is currently on pace to surpass all of the four-year targets in the areas of bridge condition, pavement condition, roadway performance, and freight, except for the Non-Interstate National Highway System pavement in good condition. However, the region has missed a few one-year targets including the number of serious injuries, the serious injury rate, the condition of transit passenger and parking facilities, and the condition of transit maintenance facilities. Initial targets were set by the region in the area of transit safety in 2020, so data is not currently available to determine progress toward achieving the targets in this area.
More information on HRTPO’s Regional Performance Measures and Targets effort is available on HRTPO’s website at https://www.hrtpo.org/page/regional-performance-measures-and-targets. The Regional Performance Measure – System Performance Report 2021 can be accessed by clicking on the following link: Regional Performance Measure – System Performance Report 2021