Performance Measures 3

National Performance Management Measures

System Performance / Freight / CMAQ-Engagement Plan


The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) transformed the Federal-aid highway program by establishing new requirements for performance management to promote the most efficient investment of Federal transportation funds. Performance management increases the accountability and transparency of the Federal-aid highway program and provides for a framework to support improved investment decision making through a focus on performance outcomes for key national transportation goals.

On May 20, 2017, a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) final rule took effect, with the exception of certain portions of the rule. The rule, published in the Federal Register (82 FR 5970) on January 18, 2017, establishes performance measures that State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) will use to report on the performance of the Interstate and non-Interstate National Highway System (NHS) to carry out the National Highway Performance Program (NHPP); freight movement on the Interstate system to carry out the National Highway Freight Program (NHFP); and traffic congestion and on-road mobile source emissions for the purpose of carrying out the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program. The rule addresses requirements established by MAP-21 and reflects passage of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

Six Performance Measures

  • Percent of reliable person-miles traveled on the Interstate.
  • Percent of reliable person-miles traveled on the Non-Interstate NHS.
  • Percentage of Interstate system mileage providing for reliable truck travel time (Truck Travel Time Reliability Index).
  • Total emissions reductions by applicable pollutants under the CMAQ program.
  • Annual hours of peak hour excessive delay per capita.
  • Percent of non-single occupancy vehicle travel which includes travel avoided by telecommuting.
*NOTE: While the published rule includes a greenhouse gas (GHG) measure, the effective date of the portions of the Final Rule pertaining to that measure has been delayed. The FHWA will be publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register pertaining to this measure.

Important Dates/Deadlines

  • State DOTs need to establish targets by May 20, 2018, for all measures in this rule. MPOs will have an additional 180 days beyond when the State DOTs establish their targets. [23 USC 150(d)(1); 23 CFR 490.105]
  • The first baseline performance period report is due October 1, 2018, for all measures in this rule that are effective on May 20, 2017. [23 CFR 490.107]
  • For the CMAQ emissions reduction measure, the first performance period begins on October 1, 2017, and ends on September 30, 2021. For all other measures, including the CMAQ traffic congestion measure, the first performance period begins on January 1, 2018, and ends on December 31, 2021. [23 CFR 490.105]
  • Biennial Performance Reports; Baseline and Mid-Performance Period Progress Reports MPOs need to submit their CMAQ performance plans to the FHWA through the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).
  • October 1st: the deadline for the FHWA to approve alternate data sets for the following calendar year.


  • MPOs, Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs), Tribal Governments, Caltrans (multiple divisions/offices: Transportation Planning, Environmental Analysis, Rail amp; Mass Transportation, Programming etc.), the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, and the California Trucking Association.

Potential Issues

  • Coordinating with stakeholders on data sets to be used in calculations;
  • Staff resources; and
  • Data costs if FHWA discontinues providing the NPRMDS data free of charge.

Facilitation and Technical Support

  • MIG Inc. will be used to facilitate the following outreach efforts with external partners to develop and set targets.

FHWA/Spy Pond Partners, LLC will provide the following

  • PM3 web-based training course via the National Highway Institute.
  • Transportation Performance Management (TPM) Virtual Academies, or mini online training sessions for PM3, late summer 2017.
  • Coordinating with Caltrans to schedule a TPM Capability Maturity Model workshop. The workshop aims to facilitate the development of process improvement action items stakeholders can use to improve their target setting practices, documentation, and coordination efforts.
  • In late 2017/early 2018, short videos and web-based trainings on PM3 will also be available.
  • Iteris will provide PM3 calculations for all performance measures except the CMAQ.
  • Fehr Peers is available to provide calculations for the freight performance measure.

Engagement Timeline

  • May 23, 2017 - PM3 status update to the California Federal Programming Group (CFPG)
  • June 14, 2017 - PM3 Kick-Off Meeting with Tribal Governments [Woodland]
  • July 11, 2017 - Provide update and reminder on upcoming Sacramento Workshop to CFPG [Phone]
  • August 2017 - PM2 and PM3 Kick-Off Meeting – MIG Inc.; facilitating [Sacramento]
  • September 2017 - PM3 Kick-Off Target Setting Meeting – MIG Inc.; facilitating [Southern CA]
  • November 23, 2017 - PM3 Meeting with Tribal Governments [Woodland]
  • January 2018 - Native American Teleconference [Phone]
  • February 2018 - PM3 Final Target Setting – MIG Inc.; facilitating [Southern CA]
  • March 2018 - PM3 Final Target Setting – MIG Inc.; facilitating [Northern CA]
  • April 2018 - Final Workshop / Next Steps [Webinar]