PERFORMANCE-BASED PLANNING & PROGRAMMING
A national performance-based planning requirement for federal, state, and regional agencies was originally established in 2012, with the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) surface transportation program, in order to tie investments to transportation system performance. It was continued in 2015 with the passage of the federal transportation bill, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. FAST Act continues the aggressive path toward performance-based planning and more specifically, performance-based transportation outcomes. Several divisions of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) are responsible for administering the national surface transportation, performance-based planning program with rule-making oversight by the FHWA and FTA.
Target Reporting Dates:
State: August 31st with annual HSIP report.
MPOs: 180 days after the State sets/adjusts its targets.
How Are Targets Set?
Up to each State and MPO; MPO can adopt State targets, or come up with their own
STATE SAFETY PERFORMANCE TARGETS
Goal: Reduce fatalities and serious injuries by half by 2035, moving towards zero by 2050.
Target: Where do we need to be by December 31, 2022 (current target setting year) to reach this goal by 2035?
Assessment of Significant Progress – 2019 Safety Targets
- FHWA does not directly assess MPO progress towards meeting safety targets.
- In early 2021, FHWA completed an assessment of target achievement for NCDOT’s calendar year 2019 safety targets, based on the 5-year averages for 2015-2019 for each measure.
- Per 23 CFR 490.211(c)(2), a State DOT has met or made significant progress towards meeting its safety performance targets when at least four of the safety performance targets have been met or the actual outcome is better than the baseline performance.
- Based on FHWA’s review, North Carolina has not met or made significant progress toward achieving its 2019 safety performance targets.
- As a result, NCDOT must ensure that all HSIP safety funds are obligated, and must develop an HSIP Implementation Plan that describes actions the State will take to meet or make significant progress toward achieving its targets.