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Transportation Transformation Group White Paper on Implementing MAP-21 Performance Measures Provisions

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The Transportation Transformation Group (T2) is a non-profit group built around a consensus that federal surface transportation policies demand a transformation that emphasizes congestion relief, increased safety, and the efficient movement of goods to America's transportation customers. Our members include departments of transportation of Texas, Florida, Indiana, Utah, New Hampshire, the North Texas Tollway Authority, Port of Houston, Pioneer Institute, Reason Foundation, Cintra US, Dannenbaum Engineering, HDR Engineering, Inc., Nossaman LLP, International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital, Wells Fargo, Goldman, Sachs & Co., HNTB Corp., JP Morgan, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Piper Jaffray, Morgan Stanley, Siebert Brandford & Shank and Citi.

Congress and President Barack Obama have enacted the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP–21), focusing policy on solutions that free state ingenuity and reduce restrictions on innovation. T2 suggests that these concepts should remain at the forefront of the USDOT's efforts to implement the new law.

MAP-21 institutes Performance Management to provide greater accountability and transparency and help achieve the most efficient and effective investment of transportation resources. The Secretary, in consultation with stakeholders, will establish performance measures to chart progress toward accomplishment of national goals established in MAP-21: safety, infrastructure condition, congestion reduction, system reliability, freight movement and economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and reduced project delivery delays. Performance targets established by states, and Metropolitan Planning Organizations as applicable, that are based on national performance measures will improve decision making through performance-based planning and programming.

Subsequent evaluation by the USDOT of the new processes and reports to Congress on progress toward achievement of targets provides the right mechanism to evaluate effectiveness of the new processes and performance accountability.

When developed and implemented correctly, Performance Management can be a powerful tool. MAP-21 outlines a partnership program that involves federal, state and local planners in a cooperative process based on consensus among partners. T2 recommends that implementation of the new performance measure provisions will be most successful if the process hews strictly in the direction of partnership and consensus, building confidence among federal, state and local collaborators that the process measures the right functions to achieve commonly held goals through ingenuity and innovation.

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