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Regional Workshop on Performance-based Planning and Programming - Workshop Summary

3. Key Workshop Themes

This section provides key themes that emerged both from the group discussion and the breakout sessions.

Most Agencies are Using Performance Measures Today

One overriding finding from the workshop was that most agencies are using performance measures within their planning process in one form or another. Most of the state DOTs were focused on asset management, while most of the MPOs had a focus on congestion management. Participants generally felt that they had a basis from which to build.
A number of participants observed that they are trying to put transportation goals and objectives, and performance, into a broader context that also recognizes economic, social and environmental goals, as well.

Challenges to Implementation Remain

Overall, participants recognized performance-based planning and programming as good management practice, but noted that additional guidance is needed to really implement it as a day-to-day practice of most transportation agencies. Participants identified a range of potential challenges to implementing performance-based planning and programming, including

Establishing a National Program

Some reservations were expressed about the prospect for a national performance management program or performance-based planning and programming requirements, including:

Participants had concrete ideas for how to help a national program achieve success. Some of these ideas included:

Updated: 10/25/2012
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