Federal legislation introduced Transportation Performance Management to address challenges facing the transportation system. As a Metropolitan Planning Organization for the greater Houston area, H-GAC sets targets and is reporting on the progress towards targets. H-GAC has the responsibility for these federal performance measures in a variety of key performance areas.
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Goals to reduce fatalities and serious injuries for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists.
Maintaining good condition is critical to safety, the movement of goods and people and economic development.
Making travel more reliable for personal travel and trucks moving freight.
Assess and measure hours of peak hour excessive delay and plan for an increase in multi-occupant vehicle use or ridesharing to reduce congestion.
The goal is to reduce tailpipe emissions by funding CMAQ-eligible projects, resulting in better air quality for the region.
Preserving the conditions of public transportation vehicles and facilities for moving to a State of Good Repair is a priority. Ultimately, these assets support a multi-modal network that the region can depend on.
H-GAC gathers data of current conditions, formulates a quantitative forecast, sets targets for improving the performance of the transportation system, then, over time, monitors the conditions and reports if the goals were reached.
Performance management is a powerful analytical tool for tracking regional performance over time and can illustrate how we are meeting the regional goals for improved performance of the transportation system.
Performance measurement is not a new concept to H-GAC. Many of the federal performance measures align and compliment H-GAC’s existing performance measures found in the Regional Mobility Report.
The 2045 Regional Transportation Plan prioritizes transportation investments that will contribute towards achieving the performance targets. 2045 RTP is a long-range plan centered around a shared regional vision: an aspirational statement about the desired future transportation system for the Houston-Galveston region.
Five goals were chosen to actuate the vision, each of which were assigned performance measures that would indicate the progress made towards achieving the goal. The figure below shows the relationship between the 2045 RTP vision, goals and performance measures.
Safety is a top regional priority. Although motorists are the largest group of system users injured or killed in crashes, pedestrians and cyclists are also at risk. A safe regional transportation system operates reliably, delivers goods and services on time, and returns users home at the end of their trip.
Ensuring the preservation of pavements and bridges is critical to safety, the movement of goods and people, and economic development.
While the federal performance measures are focused on the National Highway System, H-GAC is concerned with the conditions of all pavements and bridges.
The System Performance Group contains a set of performance measures place focus on personal travel, as well as, freight, reducing congestion and tailpipe emissions, and increasing multi-occupant vehicle use.
Improving the system performance of the transportation network means there will be more reliable and less congested roadways, resulting in better air quality for the region.
Transit Asset Management is a strategic and systematic process of operating, maintaining, and improving public capital assets effectively through their entire life cycle.
The capital asset inventories include transit rolling stock (revenue vehicles), equipment, non-revenue vehicles, facilities and rail infrastructure.
Investment prioritizations, decision support tools, as well as, risk mitigation, maintenance, acquisition and renewal strategies are the core activities of the TAM Plans.
*Useful Life Benchmark (ULB) is the expected lifecycle of a capital asset for a transit provider’s operating environment, or the acceptable period of use in service for a transit provider’s operating environment.
**Transit Economic Requirements Model (TERM) Scale: Facility condition assessments reported to the National Transit Database (NTD) have one overall TERM rating per facility.
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