Influence of Operational Strategies on PM3 Measures

The federal funding and authorization bill called Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), passed by Congress in June 2012, governs U.S. federal surface transportation spending. MAP-21 established a performance- and outcome-based program that requires states to invest in projects that collectively will achieve national transportation goals. With the May 2017 federal rule regarding the third round of performance reporting requirements (“PM3”), centered on congestion and freight systems, every state department of transportation and metropolitan planning organization has several new responsibilities. The objective of this project, led by Cambridge Systematics, is to develop a framework, based on FHWA’s adopted PM3 performance measures and other supporting metrics, that states can use to determine whether their operational strategies and projects are providing the desired and expected operational and cost benefits. The researchers will also document case studies that demonstrate the influence of operational strategies on the reported values of PM3 statistics and related metrics and will document a marketing and outreach plan that shares the outcomes of this project.

Principal Investigator: Mark E. Hallenbeck, Washington State Transportation Center, UW

Cambridge Systematics

Cambridge Systematics Principal Investigator: Richard Margiotta
FHWA Technical Monitor: Rich Taylor
Scheduled completion: February 2021