Performance Measures

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

Removing Barriers to Smarter Transportation Investments (Smart Growth America, 2012)

A technical assistance report from Smart Growth America aims to increase the Tennessee DOT’s efficiency and ensure the greatest possible return on transportation investments. As a result, TDOT has compiled a series of recommendations designed to pin down areas for improvement, prioritize

The ACEEE international Energy Efficiency Scorecard (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, 2012)

This report analyzed the energy efficiency of 12 of the world’s largest economies in four areas including the transportation sector. They used 27 metrics roughly divided between evaluation of quantifiable results and policies. Download the full report.

Tracking State Transportation Dollars (Tri-State Transportation Campaign, 2012)

Tri-State Transportation Campaign’s 50-state analysis begins to answer questions about how transportation dollars are spent so the public can better un-derstand transportation priorities in their state. To do this, TSTC analyzed each state’s statewide transportation improvement program

Economic Effects of Public Investment in Transportation and Directions for the Future (CNT and SSTI, 2012)

This report examines current economic analysis practices in state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) through examples in nine state transportation agencies and an extensive literature review. For additional understanding of the methods in practice, we also incorporated information obtained

Bus Rapid Transit Practitioner’s Guide (Transit Cooperative Research Program, 2007)

This guide explores the costs, impacts, and effectiveness of implementing selected bus rapid transit (BRT) components. The report examines planning and decision making related to implementing different components of BRT systems, and highlights the costs and impacts of implementing various BRT

Off-Board Fare Payment Using Proof-of-Payment Verification (TRB, 2012)

The objective of this synthesis was to document the state of the practice in terms of experiences related to the application of proof-of-payment (PoP) on transit systems in North America and internationally, updating the  information provided in the 2002 TCRP Report 80: A Toolkit for

The BRT Standard (Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, 2012)

The BRT Standard is an effort by leading technical experts to come to a common understanding of what constitutes internationally recognized best practice in Bus Rapid Transit system design. The best BRT systems are ones that combine efficiency and sustainability with passenger comfort and