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Performance Management Program

Transportation Performance Management (PM) is a strategic approach to connect investment and policy decisions to help achieve safety, mobility and system performance goals.  Performance measures are quantitative criteria used to evaluate progress towards those goals.  Performance measure targets are the benchmarks against which collected data is gauged.  PM has been integrated into the transportation planning process framework of Federal Planning Factors, National Performance Goals and Federal Planning Emphasis Areas (see figure 1).

Figure 1

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Highway Performance Measures

The “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” Act (MAP-21, adopted July 6, 2012) created the National Highway Performance Program (NHPP) to be administered by the FHWA.  MAP-21 states that “Performance management will transform the Federal-aid highway program and provide a means to the most efficient investment of Federal transportation funds by refocusing on national transportation goals, increasing the accountability and transparency of the Federal aid highway program, and improving project decision making through performance-based planning and programming.”

Performance measures are required to be established in the areas of:

  • Pavement condition on the Interstate System and on the National Highway System (NHS)
  • Performance of the Interstate System and the NHS
  • Bridge condition on the NHS
  • Safety: Fatalities and serious injuries—both number and rate per vehicle mile traveled--on all public roads
  • Traffic congestion
  • On-road mobile source emissions
  • Freight movement on the Interstate System

The “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation” Act (FAST Act, signed December 4, 2015) maintained the NHPP with minor modifications to the compliance requirements.


Transit Performance Measures

MAP-21 also established new asset management and safety requirements for transit providers that include performance measurement programs.  The Transit Asset Management (TAM) System (49 USC 5326) requires that the “state of good repair” of the agency’s equipment, rolling stock, infrastructure and facilities be monitored using a performance management system.  The TAM final rule sets the performance measures for the required assets as:

  • Equipment (non-revenue service vehicles): The performance measure for non-revenue, support-service and maintenance vehicles equipment is the percentage of those  vehicles that have either met or exceeded their useful life benchmark (ULB)
  • Rolling stock: The performance measure for rolling stock is the percentage of revenue vehicles within a particular asset class that have either met or exceeded their ULB
  • Infrastructure: The performance measure for rail fixed-guideway, track, signals, and systems is the percentage of track segments with performance restrictions
  • Facilities: The performance measure for facilities is the percentage of facilities within an asset class, rated below condition 3 on the Transit Economic Requirements Model (TERM) scale

For more information on the Miami-Dade TPO’s Performance Management Program contact Carlos Roa, Assistant Director for Transportation and Land Use, at


Coordination With State and Federal Documents

The following documents are used by the TPO to implement the Performance Management Program:


Transportation Performance Management System Performance Report

The TPO has developed a standard format for documenting compliance with the federal performance management requirements including baseline data, established targets and steps taken to achieve those targets.  The first version is the 2019 TIP Transportation Performance Management System Performance Report which is a companion document to the 2019 TIP.

Updated system performance reports will be prepared at appropriate milestones as per the federal rules.


TPO Performance Management Dashboard

This performance management dashboard shows the current condition of the highway performance management measures for Florida and for Miami-Dade.  These PM measures will be formally evaluated at the statewide level at the midpoint and end of the four-year performance period.  The data for Miami-Dade County is shown for information only.

Performance management dashboard table

Download the Performance Management Dashboard (July 2, 2019).

More information on the PM measures, targets and data can be found in the Transportation Performance Management System Performance Report above.


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