National Goal Areas for Transportation Performance Management
A key feature of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act is the establishment of a performance and outcome-based program, originally introduced through the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act. The objective of a performance-based program is for states and MPOs to invest resources in projects that collectively will make progress toward the achievement of national goals.
Nationally, there are seven goal areas for performance measures. They are:
1. Safety: To achieve reduction in fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads.
2. Infrastructure Condition: To maintain highway infrastructure assets in state of good repair.
3. Congestion Reduction: To achieve reduction in congestion on the National Highway System.
4. System Reliability: To improve the efficiency of the surface transportation system.
5. Freight Movement and Economic Vitality: To improve freight networks, strengthen the ability of rural communities to access national and international trade markets, and support regional economic development.
6. Environmental Sustainability: To enhance the performance of the transportation system while protecting and enhancing the environment.
7. Reduced Project Delivery Delays: To reduce project costs, promote jobs and the economy, and expedite the movement of people and goods by accelerating project completion through eliminating delays in the project development and delivery process, including reducing regulatory burdens and improving agencies’ work practices.
As a result, MPO’s, and State and Local agencies will invest resources in projects to achieve individual targets that will collectively make progress towards these national goals. The FHWA enacts performance measures and targets that guide the selection of transportation projects and programs based on the previous goals. As these rules become effective, and MDOT issues their targets for the performance measures indicated in the rule, MATS staff will update this page with more information on each.