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Assessment on the Effectiveness of Performance-Based Planning and Programming in Transportation Decision-Making for State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)

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The objective of this task order is to assess the effectiveness of performance-based planning and programming (PBPP) in transportation decision-making for States and MPOs. The technical objectives of this task order are to:

  • Develop and deploy a methodology to qualitatively assess the effectiveness of PBPP in transportation decision-making for State DOTs and MPOs.
  • Document the state of the practice for PBPP and analyze findings.
  • Highlight noteworthy practices from State DOTs and MPOs.
  • Characterize the types of investments and activities that State DOTs and MPOs are programming in their transportation improvement programs and planning work programs to make progress towards achieving performance targets and advance multimodal transportation system performance.
  • Identify ways State DOTs and MPOs can enhance their performance-based transportation planning processes.
  • Describe how the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration can help State DOTs and MPOs with PBPP through stewardship, oversight, capacity building, technical assistance, and research.
  • Share results with internal and external stakeholders.
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  • DTFH6116D00015L
  • 693JJ319F000348
FHWA Program Area:
  • Planning, Environment, and Realty
Fiscal Year / AMRP Program / AMRP Activity:
  • FY 2002-2022 / Planning, Environment, and Realty / Performance Based Planning
FHWA Activity:
  • Transportation Management
  • Data and Analysis
Project Outputs:

This project produced a final report and a webinar recording with presentation slides available for download.

Project Outcomes/Impact:

In June 2021, FHWA published a report with the findings of a study on how PBPP influences transportation planning and programming decisions at State departments of transportation (DOTs) and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). Research was conducted throughout 2020 using online reviews of planning and programming documents, interviews and peer exchanges with practitioners, and a survey of FHWA Division and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Region staff. This report documents current practices and identifies opportunities for enhancements. The aim is to help planning and programming staff from the State DOTs, MPOs, and partner agencies (e.g., public transit providers, FHWA, and FTA) not just to meet Federal regulations, but to achieve their own goals for the performance of the transportation system. Here is a link to the final report.

AMRP = Annual Modal Research Plan

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Planning Oversight and Stewardship Team
Office of Planning
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Federal Highway Administration: Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty - Office of Planning
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Contract Office Representative

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ICF International
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Project Lead