Metropolitan Transportation Commission San Francisco Bay Area: Developing Regional Objectives and Performance Measures to Improve System Operations

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) uses an objectives-driven, performance-based approach in its transportation planning for the San Francisco Bay Area. This approach focuses attention on transportation investments of highest priority. The agency assesses not only project-level performance, but also wide-ranging regional performance in relation to ambitious targets set by the agency. Projectlevel analysis using metrics defined for regional objectives results in a quantitative assessment of a project’s costs and benefits. To date, management and operations strategies, such as the agency’s Freeway Performance Initiative, have proven the most cost-effective. This type of freeway and arterial coordination can yield major benefits, though numerous challenges remain including data inconsistencies and reaching consensus on appropriate analysis tools. The agency recognizes that a range of strategies is needed to improve traffic in one of the Nation’s most congested areas.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References;
  • Pagination: 6p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01139791
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-HOP-09-047
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 15 2009 2:37PM