Submitted Transportation Performance Measures Scorecard Public Comments

Performance Area Comments

Public comments collected on the Transportation Performance Measures Scorecard are divided into six performance areas: Congestion Mitigation Air Quality, General, Pavement Bridge Conditions, Reliability Congestion, Safety Performance, and Transit Asset Management.

Topic

Safety Performance

Comment

I agree that Number of Nonmotorized Fatalities & Serious Injuries is unacceptable.

Response

Mr. Wang, thank you for your comment. H-GAC agrees, the number of Non-motorized Fatalities and Serious Injuries is unacceptable. This number does not reflect the intent and commitment of the Transportation Policy Council to improve safety in the Houston-Galveston region. H-GAC has committed to participate in advancing crash reduction strategies through the Regional Safety Plan and infrastructure projects that improve safety for non-motorized trips.

Topic

Safety Performance

Comment

Thank you, I enjoyed reading this report.

I'm concerned that SAFETY PERFORMANCE doesn't include targets for the future. I'm also concerned that past targets have been so high. The 655 fatalities in 2018 should not be considered a success. I recommend these targets for the future: 400 Number of Fatalities, and 2000 Number of Serious Injuries.

Response

H-GAC agrees with you, Mr. Ehardt, the 655 fatalities in 2018 should not be considered a success. For three straight years (2015, 2016 & 2017), fatalities have been on the rise. There was decline in 2018 which is a step in the right direction. The number of fatalities does not reflect the intent and commitment of the Transportation Policy Council to improve safety in the Houston-Galveston region. In response to your comment recommending future targets for fatalities and serious injuries, H-GAC has agreed to support the Texas Department of Transportation's efforts to achieve its forecasts for safety performance rather than set its own forecasts. Accordingly, H-GAC must use the same methodology the State uses to calculate performance measure performance and report actual figures.

Topic

Congestion Mitigation Air Quality

Comment

I'm also concerned that CONGESTION MITIGATION AIR QUALITY has poor data presentation. The numbers have between 5 and 7 significant figures. This doesn't make sense unless the data source is incredibly precise. I recommend rounding to 3 or 4 significant figures, like the other tables in the document.

Response

Mr. Ehardt, thank you for your comment. The Code of Federal Regulations (23 CFR § 490.811) and Federal Highway Administration guidance for the computation of the CMAQ Total Emissions Reduction measure stipulate that the targets detailed in this report must be calculated to the nearest one thousandths. As a result, the values as presented in this report are in line with and meet existing performance measure requirements.

Topic

Safety Performance

Comment

Column headings for Safety Performance Table on webpage and report are 2018? Why not 2019?

Response

Unlike the other performance measures, H-GAC is required to report the Safety measures annually, each February. The Safety Performance table on the webpage was reported to the Federal Highway Administration last February 2020. At that time, the 2019 actuals were not yet available. The Safety measures are calculated based on a 2013-2017 average baseline, therefore, 2018 is the first year to report. In the next reporting cycle, we will show 2019 actuals.

Topic

General

Comment

Report is filled with references to 2017-2018 data. Is there really a 3-year time lag?

Response

Mr. Venables, thank you for your comment. There does appear to be a delay in the data, however, the methodology used to calculate the Safety measures specifies the number of years (2013 - 2017) used for rolling averages. As noted in the report, some of the performance targets are based on a historical averages. As such, there are multiple references to 2017 data are in a historical sense for the Congestion measures on page 5 of the Performance Measures Report.