Performance Measures

Development of Tools for Assessing Wider Economic Benefits of Transportation (TRB, 2013)

The Strategic Highway Research Program II funded the development of tools to help assess the wider economic benefits of transportation projects. The goal of this project was to develop a bridge between (A) the case study form of analysis provided by the Transportation Project Impact Case Studies

Travel Time Reliability 2030: Innovations and Strategies for Today and Tomorrow (TRB, 2013)

Projects from the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) are exploring innovations and possible trends that can shape the future of travel time reliability. This brief provides an overview of two of those projects. Evaluating Alternative Operations Strategies to Improve Travel Time

Proceedings from SSTI Community of Practice Meeting – Making the most of the Transportation Alternatives Program (SSTI, 2013)

MAP-21 makes some substantial changes to the funding stream that has fueled pedestrian and bicycle projects around the country. Among the changes in the new Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP): combining previously separate programs, creating a sub-allocation requirement for MPOs and a

Guide to Incorporating Reliability Performance Measures into the Transportation Planning and Programming Processes [Draft] (TRB and Cambridge Systematics, 2013)

The purpose of this Guide is to help agencies wherever they are in the process of using reliability performance measurement to (1) understand and communicate reliability; (2) identify the tools and methods to help them track transportation system reliability; (3) begin to incorporate

Time Pollution (John Whitelegg, 1993)

In his 1993 essay, originally published in Resurgence & Ecologist, the author tries to explain why the more people try to save time, the less time they seem to have. This is true of transportation as well, and he uses travel time as an example of this phenomenon. Regardless of what mode

Bicycle Friendly State Report Card 2013 (League of American Bicyclists, 2013)

Each year the League of American Bicyclists ranks each state in five areas: Legislation and enforcement; policies and programs; infrastructure and funding; education and encouragement; and evaluation and planning. The Bicycle Friendly State Program ranks states annually based on their level of

Delivering on the Promise: Improving the Performance of Massachusetts Transportation Agencies (SSTI and Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation, 2013)

SSTI performed a program review of MassDOT’s three-year-old reorganization and consolidation to document efficiencies and better outcomes achieved, as well as continuing challenges and opportunities for improvement. The full report can be downloaded here.

Measuring Urban Transportation Performance: A Critique of Mobility Measures and a Synthesis (CEOs for Cities, 2010)

While peak hour travel is a perennial headache for many Americans — peak hour travel times average 200 hours a year in large metropolitan areas — some cities have managed to achieve shorter travel times and actually reduce the peak hour travel times. The key is that some metropolitan

Midsize Cities on the Move: A Look at the Next Generation of Rapid Bus, Bus Rapid Transit, and Streetcar Projects in the United States (Reconnecting America, 2012)

Transit agencies in large cities receive significant attention because they both move so many people and are so complex, often with bus, light rail, subways, commuter rail, and other modes tied into one system. In more rural areas, transit serves to overcome large geographic distances and

Expanded Transportation Performance Measures to Supplement Level of Service (LOS) for Growth Management and Transportation Impact Analysis (University of Florida Transportation Research Center, 2012)

The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that details a framework for selecting performance measures that support a transition to multimodal transit options and that are consistent with the communities’ goals and desired quality of life. New performance measures are