Performance Measures

Federal Performance-based Approach Required of MPOs

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act, enacted in 2015) enacted prior to the OKI 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, strengthened the growing focus on using performance-based approaches in transportation planning. The law required States and MPO’s to establish transportation performance measures and targets for all the FAST Act performance goals areas, including safety, infrastructure condition, system performance and environmental sustainability. The FAST Act also required MPOs to include “a system performance report and subsequent updates evaluating the condition and performance of the transportation system with respect to the performance targets.”

The current transportation law, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was enacted in November 2021. The IIJA continues FAST Act provisions on using performance-based approaches in transportation planning. States and MPO’s must establish transportation performance measures and targets for certain goal areas, including safety, infrastructure condition, and congestion and system performance.

 

Performance Measures at the Regional Level

At the regional level, MPOs must develop their own performance targets within 180 days of the state’s established targets or adopt those established by the state. Each year, OKI has chosen to adopt each state’s performance targets, including in February 2023, to coincide with the development of this Plan update and its recommendations.

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As a performance-based transportation plan, the OKI 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan update includes baseline information on the transportation system, identifies goals, objectives and performance targets, forecasts future conditions, identifies strategies and investments and includes a financial plan that balances investments with reasonably expected resources. OKI has identified performance measures for each of the goals. This information serves as baseline information for the 2050 Plan.

Safety

The transportation system should provide for reducing the risk of crashes that cause death or injuries. The highest crash rate locations in the region will be identified. The Plan will consider recommendations to address problem crash locations for all travel modes. The safety objectives for this Plan include:

  • Reducing the number and severity of traffic crashes
  • Improve incident response time
  • Decreasing crashes occurring during transfers between transit and pedestrian facilities

Infrastructure Condition

This Plan’s foundation is preserving and optimizing the region’s existing transportation system and infrastructure. In addition to improvement projects to meet this goal, this 2050 Plan update includes an Operations & Maintenance (O&M) set aside totaling $8,813,011,500.

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Infrastructure Condition Performance Measures and Targets:

1National Highway System (NHS): A network of strategic highways, including the interstate highway system and other roadways serving major transport facilities such as airports, ports, and rail or truck terminals. 2Interstates (Int.): Controlled access highways that are part of the federal interstate highway system, Locally, they include I-71, I-74, I-75, I-275, I-471. 3Non-Interstates (Non-Int.): Any roadway not part of the federal interstate highway system.

Congestion and System Performance

This goal pertains to how well people and commodities can move with greater speed and less congestion to improve efficiency.

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Congestion and System Performance Measures and Targets:

1Interstates (Int.): Controlled access highways that are part of the federal interstate highway system, Locally, they include I-71, I-74, I-75, I-275, I-471.  2Non-Interstates (Non-Int.): Any roadway not part of the federal interstate highway system. 3National Highway System (NHS): A network of strategic highways, including the interstate highway system and other roadways serving major transport facilities such as airports, ports, and rail or truck terminals.

In addition to the performance goals presented in MAP-21 and continued in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,  OKI has included two additional performance goals, Environmental Sustainability and Economic Vitality.

Environment Sustainability

Strategies that promote the effective and efficient use of natural resources would reduce mobile source emissions and would also have a beneficial effect on other environmental issues and quality of life. Transportation recommendations that promote multimodal travel alternatives and reduced vehicle trips can help address this goal.

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Quality of life:

In addition to its economic impacts, transportation also plays an important role in the region’s quality of life. Transportation improvements have an effect on development, travel patterns and opportunities for all the region’s citizens. The transportation system should be balanced so that no group or groups of people assume a disproportionate share of positive or negative impacts.

Economic Vitality

The transportation system should provide for reducing the risk of crashes that cause death or injuries. The highest crash rate locations in the region will be identified. The Plan will consider recommendations to address problem crash locations for all travel modes. The safety objectives for this Plan include:The transportation network can support the economic vitality of the region by enabling global competitiveness, productivity and efficiency as shown through the plan’s emphasis on improvement projects that address this issue.

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Economic Vitality:

The transportation network can support the economic vitality of the region by enabling global competitiveness, productivity and efficiency. This Plan will incorporate the OKI Land Use Commission’s policies that promote the economic vitality of the region. The region’s demographic trends will be analyzed and future population and employment growth will be considered. The impact of various multi-modal, surface transportation strategies will be studied to best address future growth through different travel options. The economic vitality objectives for this Plan include:

  • Providing reliable travel times through the implementation of strategies to improve traffic operations and mobility so that the cost of doing business in the OKI region is competitive and predictable
  • Increasing opportunities for the sharing of real-time traveler information so that the impacts of incidents are minimized and travel times are more predictable

Which 2050 Plan Update Projects Support OKI Performance Measure Goals?

OKI staff reviewed each 2050 Plan improvement recommendations and determined which of the five performance goals the project plans to address with the greatest positive impact. The results of this analysis are presented in the interactive Projects by Performance map.

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