Model Long Range Transportation Plans: A Guide for Incorporating Performance-Based Planning (Federal Highway Administration, 2014)

Performance-based planning and programming (PBPP) has become a focus in the transportation community, as transportation agencies around the country work to ensure that scarce resources are used effectively and transparently to achieve desired agency, regional, state, and national goals. PBPP refers to the application of performance management principles within the planning and programming processes of transportation agencies. PBPP is a data-driven, strategic approach, providing for public and stakeholder involvement and accountability, in order to make investment and policy decisions to attain desired performance outcomes for the multimodal transportation system.

A performance-based plan sets the foundation of goals, objectives, performance measures, and targets that support decisions for long-range investments and policies, and guides programming, as well as shorter-range decisions that move toward achievement of desired system performance outcomes. This document identifies key components present in a “model” transportation plan, as well as process elements that are necessary to reflect the priorities of the community and support attainment of desired performance outcomes for the multimodal transportation system

This Guidebook informs state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, and regional transportation planning organizations, as well as their planning partners such as transit agencies, local governments, and Federal agencies, about effective practices for incorporating performance-based planning into the development of a long range transportation plan.

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