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Public Roads - Summer 2019

Summer 2019
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Vol. 83 No. 2
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Table of Contents

Training Update

Helping Transportation Agencies Adopt TPM

by Marisa Beck

Transportation performance management (TPM) is a strategic, data-driven approach for ensuring safe and reliable travel. TPM uses system information to make investment and policy decisions to achieve performance goals. By using TPM principles, transportation agencies can select and implement projects that produce desired performance outcomes.

To help agencies understand and adopt TPM strategies, the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Stewardship, Oversight, and Management continues to expand its TPM training courses offered through the National Highway Institute (NHI). NHI offers in-person, instructor-led TPM courses throughout the country, as well as web-based training that participants may take online at their own pace.

New TPM Courses

Transportation Performance Management for Safety—Essentials (course 138006A). NHI developed this 1-day instructor-led training by condensing a 2-day version (course 138006) in August 2018. The course is offered at no cost to metropolitan planning organizations and State departments of transportation. It explains the safety performance measures and noteworthy practices necessary for States to comply with requirements of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The course offers an evidence-based and data-driven methodology for setting safety targets and provides participants with an understanding of the safety data needed to meet TPM requirements. The course includes hands-on exercises for reviewing crash data trends and establishing safety targets based on planned safety programs, external factors, and countermeasure deployment.

Transportation Performance Management for Congestion Including Freight (course 138010). This blended web-based and web conference course, launched in March 2019, has two components: 6 hours of individual web-based training and 1 hour of live web conference instruction. Sessions are offered on demand in 2-week periods, with the web conference portion held toward the end of the session. Participants complete the web-based training prior to attending the conference session, during which instructors go over the training exercises and answer questions. This training is offered free of charge. The goal is to provide the target audience with the skills and abilities to compile and analyze highway system performance data, calculate performance measures and establish targets, report highway system performance, and assess progress toward achieving performance targets.

Getting Started on Effective TPM for Pavements (course 138014). This 1-hour web-based training, launched in February 2019, provides an effective, time-efficient, and accessible format for practitioners in State departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, FHWA, and other agencies. The course is free of charge and uses knowledge checks and other interactive features to engage participants. The goal of the training is to provide a foundational knowledge of new legislation and regulatory requirements related to pavement condition performance to give participants the tools and skills needed to help their agencies meet the new requirements.

Getting Started on Effective TPM for Bridges (course 138015). This 1-hour web-based training, also launched in February 2019, gives learners an introduction to the new legislation and regulatory requirements related to bridge condition performance and the actions needed to meet these requirements. The no-cost training gives participants the working knowledge needed to comply with regulation requirements, including data needs, metric calculations, reporting, target setting, collaboration with partners, and making significant progress relative to their State's identified performance needs.

Upcoming Courses

In addition to the above offerings, the Office of Stewardship, Oversight, and Management is developing additional web-based TPM trainings expected to launch in late 2019. These courses will include topics covering planning, introduction to the Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS), data for TPM, onroad mobile source emissions, freight, monitoring and adjusting transportation performance, communicating and reporting on TPM, and investment decisionmaking.

Plans are also in the works for 18 training videos, which will be hosted on FHWA's YouTube channel.

For more information on currently available courses, or to sign up for email updates on TPM courses, visit register for a course, visit the individual course description page.

Web-based training courses engage participants through interactive features including knowledge checks and hands-on exercises.

Marisa Beck is a contracted marketing analyst for NHI.