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HRTPO Establishes 2020 Roadway Safety and Transit Performance Targets

HRTPO Establishes 2020 Roadway Safety and Transit Performance Targets

Recent federal legislation established that States and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are required 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 is required to approve 2020 regional performance targets in two of these areas – roadway safety and transit asset management.

Roadway Safety

There are five roadway safety measures that MPOs are required to establish targets and monitor progress for on an annual basis:

  • Fatalities
  • Fatality Rate
  • Serious Injuries
  • Serious Injury Rate
  • Bike/Pedestrian Fatalities & Serious Injuries (combined)

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 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 2045, the horizon of the upcoming regional Long-Range Transportation Plan.

Using the Vision Zero concept, the 2020 regional safety performance targets that were recommended by the working group and approved by the HRTPO Board are as follows:

2020 HRTPO Safety Targets Table

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:

  • 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.

The HRTPO Board approved regional transit asset management targets based on the weighted average of HRT, WATA, and Suffolk Transit Fiscal Year 2020 targets.  These targets are:

2020 HRTPO Transit Targets Table

More information on HRTPO’s Regional Performance Measures and 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:


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