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FHWA Releases Last Proposed Rule on Performance Management

April 22, 2016
Air Quality, Freight, News, News Homepage, Performance Measurement, Policy

Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published the third and final Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on performance management, implementing provisions from Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), in the Federal Register.  This proposed rule establishes measures for state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations to use to assess the performance of several different transportation characteristics: performance of the National Highway System, freight movement on the Interstate system, and congestion and emissions measures related to the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program.

FHWA is requesting comment on the proposed measures, including Travel Time Reliability and Peak Hour Travel Times experienced by all traffic, Travel Time Reliability and Congestion experienced by freight vehicles, Excessive Delay experienced by all traffic, and Emission Reduction, as well as on the proposed effective date of January 2018 for this set of measures.  The 120-day comment period for this rule ends on August 20Click here to view the proposed rule and submit comments to the docket online.

A webinar focusing on just the freight-related measures contained in this proposed rule will occur on April 25, 1 – 3:30 ET.  Register for the webinar here.

Earlier rulemaking actions on performance measurement include two related rules on safety-related performance measures and the Highway Safety Improvement Program (published in March 2016), and a proposed rule on pavement and bridge conditions (proposed in January 2015; final rule expected in fall 2016).  Other related rules include Statewide, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Planning (final rule expected around summer 2016) and the Highway Asset Management Plan (final rule expected in fall 2016).  To check the implementation schedule periodically updated on the FHWA website, click here (PDF).  For more information on implementing legislation and general resources on performance measurement, visit FHWA’s Transportation Performance Management website.