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

3. Key Workshop Themes

Facilitators engaged workshop attendees in a broad ranging discussion of the challenges and opportunities presented by performance based planning approaches. Following large group discussion, smaller breakout sessions provided participants the opportunity to further identify significant issues and to share lessons learned. The following major themes emerged from these discussions.

Many 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 broader economic, social and environmental goals.

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

Workshop attendees were cautiously optimistic about the rulemaking outcomes and eventual implementation of the performance-based planning approach embedded within MAP-21. Several key points were raised on the forthcoming national program, including:

Updated: 1/9/2013
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