Federal legislation requires Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to prepare and use a set of federally-established performance measures and set targets. Each MPO needs to approve regional performance targets in a number of areas including roadway safety, transit, bridge condition, pavement condition, roadway performance, and freight. The HRTPO must approve one-year regional performance targets for 2022 in three of these areas – roadway safety, transit asset management and transit safety.
There are five roadway safety measures that MPOs are required to establish targets and monitor progress for on an annual basis:
A working group comprised of staff from localities, transit agencies, VDOT, and subject-matter experts was created to assist with recommending performance targets. The working group came to a consensus that HRTPO should continue to adopt Vision Zero targets for each of these safety 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 2022 regional safety performance targets that were recommended by the working group and approved by the HRTPO Board are as follows:
Transit Asset Management
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:
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.
The HRTPO Board approved regional transit asset management targets at their January meeting based on the weighted average of HRT, WATA, and Suffolk Transit targets. More information on these targets is available on the HRTPO website at https://www.hrtpo.org/page/regional-performance-measures-and-targets.
There are four transit safety categories that MPOs are required to establish targets and monitor progress for:
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.
The HRTPO Board approved regional transit safety targets at their January meeting based on the weighted average of HRT, WATA, and Suffolk Transit targets. More information on these targets is available on the HRTPO website at https://www.hrtpo.org/page/regional-performance-measures-and-targets.
HRTPO staff also annually prepares the System Performance Report that details the regional targets set by the HRTPO and the progress the region is making toward meeting these targets. The most recent version of the System Performance Report is available by clicking the following link: