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Performance Requirements Summary

Requirements Summary | NHPP | HSIP | CMAQ | Freight Movement

The MAP-21 legislation integrates performance into many federal transportation programs and contains several performance elements. The FHWA -TPM team is organized to help with coordinating the alignment of MAP-21 requirements, providing guidance, and resources. To assist with this effort FHWA has provided here more information about the specific performance management requirements outlined in MAP-21. Below is more information regarding the performance requirements for the National Highway Performance Program (NHPP) as established in MAP-21. FHWA has issued proposed regulations to implement these MAP-21 NHPP performance and asset management provisions.

The National Highway Performance Program (NHPP)

Performance Element Performance Requirements for NHPP

Performance Measures

  • Not later than 18 months after date of enactment USDOT, in consultation with State DOTs, MPOs, and other stakeholders will promulgate a rulemaking that establishes measures.
  • Provide not less than 90 days to comment on regulation.
  • Take into consideration any comments.
  • Limit performance measures to those described under 23USC150(c).
  • For purposes of carrying out National Highway Performance Program USDOT will establish Measures for States to use to assess:
    • Condition of Pavements
      • Interstate System
      • National Highway System (excluding the Interstate)
    • Condition of Bridges
      • National Highway System
    • Performance of:
      • Interstate System
      • National Highway System (excluding the Interstate)
  • USDOT will establish the data elements that are necessary to collect and maintain standardized data to carry out a performance-based approach

Performance Targets

  • States must coordinate, to the maximum extent practical with relevant MPOs in selecting a target to ensure for consistency
  • MPOs must coordinate, to the maximum extent practical, with the relevant State/s in selecting a target to ensure consistency
  • Coordination required with public transportation providers.
  • States and MPOs must integrate other performance plans into the performance-based process

Performance Plans

  • Asset Management Plan
    • Risk-based asset management plan
    • States encouraged to include all infrastructure assets within the right-of-way
    • Plan Contents
      • pavement and bridge inventory and conditions on the NHS,
      • objectives and measures,
      • performance gap identification,
      • lifecycle cost and risk management analysis,
      • a financial plan, and
      • investment strategies
    • USDOT, in consultation with State DOTs, will establish the process to develop the plan through a rulemaking no later than 18 months after 10/1/2012
    • States must have a plan developed consistent with the process by the 2nd fiscal year, otherwise federal share for NHPP will be reduced to 65%
    • Process certification
      • USDOT 90 days review period to determine certification
      • States have 90 days to cure deficiencies if not certified
      • Recertification required every 4 years
  • Management Systems
    • USDOT will establish minimum standards for States to use in developing and operating:
      • Bridge management systems
      • Pavement management systems
    • Minimum standards established through a rulemaking
      • Minimum 90 day comment period
      • USDOT will promulgate a rulemaking not later than 18 months after date of enactment

Target Achievement

  • "A State that does not achieve or make significant progress toward achieving the targets... for 2 consecutive reports"
    • Document in 23USC150(e) report actions the State will take to improve their ability to achieve the target

Special Performance Rules

  • Interstate Pavement Condition
    • Minimum condition level established by USDOT through rulemaking
    • Condition falls below threshold set by USDOT for 2 consecutive reports then:
      • NHPP funding set aside to address Interstate pavement
      • STP funds transferred to NHPP to address Interstate pavement conditions
      • This obligation requirement stays in effect until the minimum thresholds can be met (checked annually)
  • National Highway System Bridge Condition
    • Greater than 10% of total deck area of bridges on the NHS are located on bridges classified as structurally deficient for 3 consecutive years then:
      • NHPP funding set aside to address bridge conditions on the NHS
      • This obligation requirement remains in place until minimum condition requirement is met (checked annually)

Performance Reporting

  • State Report on Performance Progress
    • Required initially by October 1, 2016 and every 2 years thereafter
    • Report includes:
      • Condition and performance of NHS
      • Effectiveness of investment strategy for the NHS
      • Progress in achieving all State performance targets
  • Metropolitan System Performance Report
    • Required in transportation plan every 4 or 5 years
    • Report includes:
      • Evaluate condition and performance of transportation system
      • Progress achieved in meeting performance targets in comparison with the performance in previous reports
      • Evaluation of how preferred scenario has improved conditions and performance, where applicable
      • Evaluation of how local policies and investments have impacted costs necessary to achieve performance targets , where applicable
  • Statewide Transportation Plan
    • No required frequency
    • Optional report on system performance
Updated: 07/22/2015
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