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State Highway Reliability Report - Puerto Rico

The information below summarizes the TPM Highway Reliability performance measures, which include two highway reliability measures and one truck travel time reliability measure. Per 23 CFR 490, State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) are required to establish 2- and 4-year targets for these measures. The targets should represent the anticipated condition/performance at the mid-point and end of the 4-year performance period. State DOTs establish targets at the beginning of each 4-year performance period, and report on progress every two years. When establishing targets, State DOTs have the flexibility to use the methodology they deem most appropriate. FHWA encourages States to review data sets and trends and consider factors that may affect targets. Performance targets should be data-driven, realistic, and attainable and should align with the performance management framework and legislative intent.

The targets and discussion of basis for targets, optional adjustment of targets, progress, and planned activities were provided by the State DOT in its most recent biennial performance report. FHWA has not edited this information. It is provided to help bring context to the State DOT's performance targets and progress. The data in the tables and graphs is from the biennial performance report or HPMS data submittal as noted below each measure summary. Any questions about the information should be directed to the State DOT.

Data reported by State DOTs was collected in the previous year, representing the condition/performance at the time of collection. Thus, in the tables and graphs below, FHWA labels data with the year representing the condition/performance, rather than the year the data was reported. The same thing is done for the targets--the year represents when the corresponding actual condition/performance data will be collected, not reported. More Information.

Significant Progress Determination
FHWA determines significant progress for these measures after the mid-point and end of each performance period. A State has met or made significant progress toward target achievement if “actual” condition/performance is equal to or better than the established two-year target or “actual” condition/performance is better than baseline performance 23 CFR 490.109(e). As provided in 23 CFR 490.107(b)(2)(ii)(A), baseline condition/performance is derived from the latest data collected through the beginning date of the performance period. FHWA will classify the assessment of progress toward the achievement of an individual 2-year or 4-year target as “progress not determined” if a State provides the extenuating circumstance information required in 23 CFR 490.109(e)(5), and FHWA accepts the information.

Most recent Significant Progress Determination for the Reliability measures

Most recent Significant Progress Determination for all applicable measures

  • Interstate Highway Reliable Person-Miles Traveled

    • Trend through 2021

      Desired trend: ↑

      Puerto Rico % of Interstate Highway Reliable Person-Miles Traveled


  • Interstate Highway Reliable Person-Miles Traveled 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Condition/Performance 73.9 73.8 86.0 --
    Target -- -- 78.0 -- 75.0
  • Interstate Highway Reliable Person-Miles Traveled

    Basis for targets During this four-year period is expected to complete pavement rehabilitation and other improvements on PR-18, and PR-52 making better performance on the level of travel time reliability and the percent of person-miles traveled that are reliable in terms of travel time for the system. These improvements include a dynamic toll lane reversible on the median of the PR-18 and PR-52 from San Juan to Caguas.

    Moreover, PRHTA will complete the deployment of ITS devices on expressways with the purpose to manage traffic incidents and dissemination of traveler information. The intervention will deploy ITS devices improving PR-26.

    The calculated baseline statewide percent of the person-miles traveled on the Interstate (R2) that are reliable was 75.0 using the NPMRDS 2017 travel time data. This value was not prepopulated in R2, but was obtained analyzing the 2017 data for travel time reliability. It is very important to note that the 2017 data registers travel time data after Hurricanes Irma (Category 5 ) and Maria (Category 4) hit Puerto Rico in September 2017. Both hurricanes heavily affected the highway system infrastructure. In addition, based on the analysis and evaluation of the NPMRDS database starting in 2018, due to data quality and completeness issues detailed in R1, PRHTA identified the need of representative data of the NHS network. Based on the performed analysis with the available data, PRHTA is adjusting their 4-year target to 75.2%. Nevertheless, there is a need to identify representative data for the Puerto Rico's NHS system. PRHTA identified an action plan to address confidence of the data in order to fully comply with federal requirements. Please refer to R1 for additional details.

    Since the 2017 travel time reliability was affected by the hurricanes Irma and María, and the travel time reliability for the Interstate system in 2018 was 74.2%, PRHTA is adjusting the 4-year target to 75.0% It is important to notice that this target would be affected by the current Covid-19 pandemic related restrictions since March 2020 and by the hundreds of earthquakes that the Island is experiencing since January 2020 which caused roadways, bridges, building damages and power outages.

    "As part of prior accomplishments, in April 2017 the PRHTA started their highway safety patrol program, known as SEGURO, in the San Juan Metropolitan Area expressways and freeways with a coverage of 45 miles. The coverage was expanded in June 2018 to include 12 miles and in December 2019 to include 18 highway miles, for a total of 75 highway miles. SEGURO is part of the Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Program of the PRHTA and consists of a coordinated, multidisciplinary effort to detect, respond to, and clear traffic incidents so that traffic flow can be restored safely and quickly. SEGURO is managed through the PRHTA's Traffic Management Center. Another accomplishment of the PRHTA, was the opening of a state-of-the-art TMC in November 2019 for traffic and incident management which started operations in January 2016. In terms of improvements along the Interstate system, the current construction of a dynamic tolling lanes (DTLs) project instrumented with ITS devices will aid to manage the traffic congestion on PR-18, PR-52 and PR-30 within the San Juan Metropolitan Area resulting in an expected improvement on travel time reliability. The PRHTA has elected to establish the toll rate in a dynamic matter for DTL users as a function of traffic volume and speed in order to warrant a constant speed of 45 Miles per hour. The cost of the toll being planned for this project will fluctuate as a function of the vehicular traffic volume using the lanes. The construction of the DTL project will result in travel time savings by having an increase of the average speed. Also, along the PR-26 (Baldorioty De Castro Expressway) there are installed and integrated with the PRHTA's Traffic Management Center (TMC) a total of 26 CCTV Cameras, 4 dynamic message signs, 29 microwave vehicle detection systems, 21 Bluetooth readers and 1 road weather information system. These intelligent transportation system (ITS) devices deployed on PR-26 provides travel time, speed, traffic volume, weather information, real-time video feed, among other traffic related data that is collected and reported throught the TMC. All these devices provides traffic information to the TMC personnel for traffic and incident management, improving safety and congestion management. Also, PRHTA has additional projects including pavement reconstruction within the NHS network to improve the system. The execution and completion of the overall PRHTA projects was affected by the emergency response to the 2017 hurricanes. By the other hand, in terms of the data reliability improvements, a series of meeting and webinars have been conducted from July 2020 to identify an action plan to work towards being able to establish targets and goals aligned with representative information of our highway system."

  • Data Sources:
    Puerto Rico 2018, 2020 Biennial Performance Report
    Puerto Rico 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 HPMS Data Submittal

  • Non-Interstate National Highway System (NHS) Reliable Person-Miles Traveled

    • Trend through 2021

      Desired trend: ↑

      Puerto Rico % of Non-Interstate NHS reliable Person-Miles Traveled


  • Non-Interstate NHS reliable Person-Miles Traveled 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Condition/Performance -- -- 46.9 59.5 --
    Target -- -- -- -- 47.0

    Behind the data: For the first performance period only, baseline condition and 2-year targets are not required for the Non-Interstate NHS reliability measure.


  • Non-Interstate National Highway System (NHS) Reliable Person-Miles Traveled

    Basis for 4-year target on Non-Interstate The baseline percent registered for NHS that is Non-Interstate was 45.6% person-miles traveled that are reliable. The target is to achieve at least 50.0% person-miles traveled that are reliable in terms of travel time on this system considering the project of congestion managed lanes phase 4 in the interchange between PR-52 and PR-30 providing a bridge interconnecting both roadways improving access from PR-1 to PR-52, and from PR-30 to PR-52.

    N/A
    Since the 2017 travel time data was affected by the hurricanes Irma and María, and the travel time reliability for the Interstate system in 2018 was 45.6%, PRHTA is adjusting the 4-year target to 47% It is important to notice that this target would be affected by the current Covid-19 pandemic related restrictions since March 2020 and by the hundreds of earthquakes that the Island is experiencing since January 2020 which caused roadways, bridges, building damages and power outages.

    N/A
  • Data Sources:
    Puerto Rico 2018, 2020 Biennial Performance Report
    Puerto Rico 2020, 2021 HPMS Data Submittal


  • Interstate Highway Truck Travel Time Reliability (TTTR) Index

    • Trend through 2021

      Desired trend: ↓

       

      Puerto Rico Truck Travel Time Reliability Index


  • Truck Travel Time Reliability Index 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
    Condition/Performance 2.14 2.14 --
    Target -- -- 2.31 -- 2.20
  • Interstate Highway Truck Travel Time Reliability

    Basis for 4-year target During this four-year period is expected to complete pavement rehabilitation and other improvements on PR-18, and PR-52 making better performance on the level of travel time reliability and the percent of person-miles traveled that are reliable in terms of travel time for the system. These improvements include a dynamic toll lane reversible on the median of the PR-18 and PR-52 from San Juan to Caguas. Moreover, PRHTA will complete the deployment of ITS devices on expressways with the purpose to manage traffic incidents and dissemination of traveler information. The intervention will deploy ITS devices improving PR-26.

    "The calculated statewide Truck Travel Time Reliability Index was 2.4. This value was not prepopulated in F3, but was obtained analyzing the NPMRDS 2017 data for truck travel time reliability. It is very important to note that the 2017 data registers travel time data after Hurricanes Irma (Category 5 ) and Maria (Category 4) hit Puerto Rico in September 2017. Both hurricanes heavily affected the highway system infrastructure and the freight mobility throughout the island. Another key aspect that affects the evaluation of the progress towards achieving targets is that the 2019 NPMRDS data does not included weekends data and the available data for weekdays was limited, not showing data for all the analysis periods. The latter affects the evaluation of the 2019 Truck Travel-Time Reliability (TTTR) performance measure, which could result in not showing the actual 2-year statewide Truck Travel Time Reliability Index (F4).Based on the analysis and evaluation of the NPMRDS database, PRHTA identified that the progress towards achieving the 2-year target is affected by the severe weather events that affected the travel time data in 2017 and by the confidence of the data detailed in F1. Based on the performed analysis with the available data, PRHTA is adjusting their 4-year target to 2.20%. Nevertheless, there is a need to identify representative data for the Puerto Rico's NHS system. PRHTA identified an action plan to address confidence of the data in order to fully comply with federal requirements. Please refer to R1 for additional details.

    Since the 2017 truck travel time reliability was affected by the hurricanes Irma and María, and the truck travel time reliability for the 2018 data was 2.14, PRHTA is adjusting the 4-year target to 2.20. It is important to notice that this target would be affected by the current Covid-19 pandemic related restrictions since March 2020 and by the hundreds of earthquakes that the Island is experiencing since January 2020 which caused roadways, bridges, building damages and power outages.

    "As part of prior accomplishments, in April 2017 the PRHTA started their highway safety patrol program, known as SEGURO, in the San Juan Metropolitan Area expressways and freeways with a coverage of 45 miles. The coverage was expanded in June 2018 to include 12 miles and in December 2019 to include 18 highway miles, for a total of 75 highway miles. SEGURO is part of the Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Program of the PRHTA and consists of a coordinated, multidisciplinary effort to detect, respond to, and clear traffic incidents so that traffic flow can be restored safely and quickly. SEGURO is managed through the PRHTA's Traffic Management Center. Another accomplishment of the PRHTA, was the opening of a state-of-the-art TMC in November 2019 for traffic and incident management which started operations in January 2016. Both, SEGURO and the TMC, are programs to address the congestion management in the San Juan Metropolitan Area freeways and expressways that are part of the Freight Network. In terms of improvements along the Interstate system, the current construction of a dynamic tolling lanes (DTL) project instrumented with ITS devices will aid to manage the traffic congestion on PR-18, PR-52 and PR-30 in the municipalities of San Juan, Caguas and Gurabo, resulting in an expected improvement on truck travel time reliability. The municipality of Caguas emerges as a significant focus of truck activity as a result of its strategic location at the junction of the PR-30 and PR-52 corridors and the extensive commercial and industrial activity in and around the city. Radiating southwest from Caguas to Cidra, PR-172 is a significant freight corridor in this area. On the south coast, Ponce is another hub of truck freight traffic. In addition to the truck traffic generated by the Port of Ponce, the PR-52 corridor brings trucks from the San Juan region and the rest of the island, including to the Ponce area. The DTL will not serve freight, but the passenger vehicles congestion on general purpose lanes will reduce by the use of these congestion managed lanes and consequently the traffic congestion for freight using the general purpose lanes will be better managed. Also, PRHTA has additional projects including pavement reconstruction within the freight network to improve the system. The execution and completion of the overall PRHTA projects was affected by the emergency response to the 2017 hurricanes. By the other hand, in terms of the data reliability improvements, a series of meeting and webinars have been conducted from July 2020 to identify an action plan to work towards being able to establish targets and goals aligned with representative information of our freight network."

  • Data Sources:
    Puerto Rico 2018, 2020 Biennial Performance Report
    Puerto Rico 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 HPMS Data Submittal


Significant Progress Determination

This table shows FHWA’s most recent determination for the Infrastructure performance measures.

PLEASE NOTE: Each State’s performance target assessment is based on its own State-specific target methodology and program philosophy. Therefore, conclusions should not be drawn based only on the information in the Significant Progress Determination Results table. FHWA understands that each State’s program is unique and therefore does not prescribe a methodology for States to set targets. States have the flexibility to use the methodology they deem most appropriate when setting their performance targets. 

Puerto Rico 2020 Mid Performance Period Significant Progress Determination Results
Measure Area Measures Baseline Target Actual Better than Baseline? Achieved Target? Made Significant Progress? Consequences [23 CFR 490.109(f)]
The performance of the Interstate System Interstate Travel Time Reliability measure I/D* 78.0 73.8 No No No1 Additional reporting
Freight movement on the Interstate System Freight Reliability measure I/D* 2.31 I/D* No No No2 Additional reporting

* insufficient performance metric data denoted by “I/D”.

1 FHWA did not accept the extenuating circumstances provided by the PRHTA in the assessment of progress toward the achievement of the target.
2 Ibid.

Updated: 12/06/2022
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