Federal Performance Measures


In general, a performance measure  (PM) is an indicator of progress toward attaining desired goals, policies, or targets.  State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are required by MAP-21 and the FAST Act to implement performance measures for the National Highway System (NHS) and other aspects of the transportation system under their jurisdiction by setting quantifiable targets and providing periodic reporting on these performance targets.  The following recent federal rules have specified required performance measures for State DOTs and MPOs to incorporate into their transportation planning and programming processes:

Roadway Safety Measures (PM Rule 1) 

NHS Infrastructure Measures (PM Rule 2)
-  Pavement Conditions
-  Bridge Conditions

Performance, Freight, and Air Quality Measures (PM Rule 3) 
-  Level of Travel Time Reliability
-  Peak Hour Excessive Delay
-  Truck Travel Time Reliability
-  Non-Single Occupancy Vehicle (Non-SOV) Travel
-  Total Emissions Reductions
Transit Asset Management 

NCTCOG has already begun the process of integrating these federal performance measures into its metropolitan transportation planning and programming processes.  Further information about these performance measures and their implementation dates is provided in Mobility 2045 and in the 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).  Additional non-federal performance measures for this region will be proposed for consideration at a later date.

Status Update 

The Regional Transportation Council (RTC) approved performance targets for PM Rule 1 and Transit Asset Management on December 14, 2017.   The RTC approved performance targets for PM Rules 2 and 3 on November 8, 2018.


Meeting Materials 

- RTC Presentation on PM Rules 2 and 3 Performance Targets - November 2018
- NCTCOG Public Meetings Presentation on PM Rules 2 and 3 Performance Targets - October 2018
RTC  Minutes on PM Rule 1 and Transit Performance Targets - December 2017
RTC Presentation on PM Rule 1 and Transit Performance Targets - December 2017

Related Documents 

- NHS Map:  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
NHS Off-System Roadways in NCT Region Listing
- NCTCOG Status Update on NHS Bridges in Poor Condition
- NCTCOG Draft CMAQ Performance Plan
- TxDOT Initial Transportation Asset Management Plan
- TxDOT Quality Management Plan for Pavement Data Collection
DFW MPO-TxDOT FAST Act Planning Memorandum of Understanding

Additional Resources 

FHWA Transportation Performance Management Main Page
FHWA State Safety Performance Dashboard and Reports
FTA Performance Based Planning
TxDOT Federal Affairs

Staff Contacts

General: Dan Lamers
Roadway Safety: Sonya Landrum
NHS Pavement and Bridge Conditions: Mike Galizio
Level of Travel Time Reliability: Berrien Barks
Peak Hour Excessive Delay: Berrien Barks
Truck Travel Time Reliability: Jeff Hathcock
Non-SOV Travel: Kevin Kokes
Total Emission Reductions: Jenny Narvaez
Transit Asset Management: Jing Xu