Role and Value of Transportation for US Industries and Sectors | Research ReportBridge, Pavement, System Performance
NCHRP Project 20-24(89) is intended to provide compelling research results to support effective decision making and inform public policy. The research being undertaken to present—in ways that are both readily understandable to a broad audience and defensible within the professional community—the role and value of transportation to the U.S. economy, by developing case studies of transportation’s part in representative industries or economic sectors. These studies will rely on available data and accepted analysis methods to produce meaningful information and present that information in ways that will resonate with stakeholders in the nation’s transportation system.
Colorado DOT Process Improvement Homepage | Research Report, WebsiteSafety
This state-specific webpage communicates ongoing process improvement efforts at Colorado DOT. This continuous improvement webpage outlines strategies, active process improvement efforts, everyday ideas for a lean management approach, tools, and additional resources.
The objective of this research was to hold an executive forum for senior DOT officials to share their views, assess their experiences with performance-based maintenance and operations contracting, and identify strategies for further advancing agency management practices in this area.
The research team conducted a critical review of transportation-agencies’ experience with contracting for maintenance and operations services, using published literature, telephone interviews, and other sources to gather experience from states, cities, and other countries. This review provided background information for participants in the executive forum. The forum was held with invited participants in Tampa, FL, in April 2009.
Web-based Traffic Data Visualization and Analysis Tools | Research ReportFreight, Pavement, System Performance
The objective of this proposed project is to develop an on-line user friendly truck weigh in motion (WIM) data tool where it offers data quality review and control functions, data visualization capabilities and analysis, and data output controls to meet pavement design, freight analysis, and truck weight and load trend analysis.
This document summarizes the recommendations of the TAM ETG for the type of support needed to advance the implementation of asset management in State transportation agencies in the future. The recommendations include an endorsement for continuing the work of the TAM ETG as a source of on-going feedback and support to FHWA, AASHTO, and TRB as these agencies develop strategy, policy, technical guidance, and implementation actions related to asset management.
Lean Six Sigma | Guide/Manual, Research Report
Everyday Ideas Success Stories | Research Report
Measuring Performance among State DOTs: Sharing Good Practices | Research Report
Transportation agencies are increasingly using performance measurement to solve complex management challenges. As applications of performance measurement have increased among state departments of transportation (DOTs), senior managers and technical staff have increased their interest in learning from the performance of their peer agencies that share similar goals and objectives. Comparative performance measurement offers a way to share DOT performance data and knowledge about best practices among agencies, and in turn to enhance managers' ability to judge their own agencies' effectiveness in program and system management. Identifying "best-in-class" practices and "lessons learned" facilitates managers' efforts to learn from experience.
The NCHRP 20-24(37) project series was requested by state DOT CEOs, who recognize that comparative performance measurement is a tool with potential to help improve their organizations. The initial development of the series explored the concept, opportunities, and obstacles for comparative performance measurement through discussions in a series of regional workshops held in summer 2004 that brought together representatives of DOTs from across the country and in interviews with senior DOT staff in selected states. A subsequent test of actual comparative measurement engaged seven volunteer states and served as the prototype for the project series.
The approach that emerged from the workshops, interviews and prototype testing relies on groups of volunteer state DOTs working together to establish meaningful performance measures and then sharing data to enable an individual agency to compare its own performance to the range of experience represented in the data set. Analysis of the data set is typically undertaken to identify typical- and best-performance experience without identifying the specific performance experience of any particular agency. Guiding principles for the program include a strong emphasis on overall integrity of comparisons, reliance on existing data, and avoidance of additional bureaucracy. The agency's final report describing the activities that led to the NCHRP 20-24(37) series has been published by AASHTO and is available on the website of the AASHTO Standing Committee on Quality.
Each of the projects in the NCHRP 20-24(37) series is selected to address a single important aspect of performance or to provide the framework for a consistent approach to state DOT's measurement and reporting of performance. NCHRP works with the AASHTO Standing Committee on Performance to ensure that performance measurement is an informative and effective management tool for DOT officials, transportation system users, and the public.
Brochure on the AASHTO Transportation Asset Management Guide - A Focus on Implementation | Marketing/Communications
Timeline: Performance Management Implementation | Marketing/Communications, Research ReportBridge, Freight, Pavement, Safety, System Performance
This timeline, developed by Iowa DOT, presents information on the implementation of MAP-21/FAST Act performance measures and performance-based planning. The left portion of page 1 shows key dates for several rulemakings: safety (green); pavements, bridges, system performance, and freight (blue), transit asset management (purple), and transportation asset management (orange). Additional information includes dates for target setting, reporting, evaluation, and potential penalty periods if the State doesn’t meet targets or specific requirements. Note that CMAQ measures are not included, as Iowa does not have non-attainment/maintenance areas and those measures do not apply. The right portion of page 1 is broken into the same categories, and lists the required performance measures and relevant information about how States will be reviewed and what penalties may apply for not meeting targets or specific requirements, such as minimum pavement and bridge conditions.
The second page is a condensed summary of the CFR sections that deal with establishing and reporting targets and assessing a State’s progress, as well as a summary of asset management plan requirements.
If you wish to print a copy of the timeline, note that it is designed to be printed on a single double-sided 11x17 inch page.