When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported back, the rate of improvement accelerates.
Communities in Motion 2040 2.0 (CIM 2040 2.0) has many lofty goals, but evaluating if the region is making progress toward those goals can be difficult. Determining which projects are most likely to help meet goals ahead of time is harder still. Performance-based planning is designed to help inform planning and financial decisions to help meet regional goals.
While performance-based planning became a federal requirement in 2012, COMPASS has been working toward performance-based planning for over a decade.
Beginning with the adoption of Communities in Motion 2030 in 2006, COMPASS issued the first performance monitoring report (now called a “Change in Motion Scorecard”) in 2007 to provide feedback on progress toward meeting regional goals.
MAP-21 was the first federal transportation legislation to include requirements for states and regions to set transportation performance targets. This commitment to performance-based planning was reiterated in the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).
COMPASS developed performance measures and targets for Communities in Motion 2040 before federal requirements mandated them, including not only transportation, but also “quality of life” measures addressing community infrastructure, health, farmland, and more. COMPASS measures have since been updated to address federal requirements, while still maintaining local measures.
COMPASS assists local land use decision-making by providing information on how proposed developments align with regional performance measures using Development Review Checklists
The Performance Measure Framework uses multiple analytical tools to evaluate 25 performance metrics structured across seven categories:
COMPASS began adding information to the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to show how each project helps achieve regional performance targets.
MAP-21 and the FAST Act require that metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), such as COMPASS, adopt targets for specific roadway and public transportation performance measures. MPOs have the option to develop their own targets or support others’ targets. COMPASS is supporting the Idaho Transportation Department’s statewide roadway targets for safety, system performance, and pavement and bridge conditions, and Valley Regional Transit’s regional “state of good repair” targets for public transportation.
The Performance Measure Framework was used to help prioritize 31 unfunded needs in CIM 2040 2.0.
COMPASS will continue to use its Performance Measure Framework to inform investment decisions for the long-range transportation plan and the TIP and will continue to improve and refine its performance-based planning approach.
COMPASS must adopt federally required traffic congestion targets by 2022.