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Listed below are recent developments pertinent to MAP-21 from the past six months.  If you would like to suggest a recent development on this topic, please submit a short description to AASHTO (including any pertinent links) on the Share Info with AASHTO form.

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FAQ Document Addresses Transportation Performance Management

The Federal Highway Administration has released a resource document regarding the transportation performance management program. The document addresses in a question-and-answer format key dates of the performance periods, elements of the bridge condition performance measures, and how to calculate good and poor bridge conditions. The document also addresses when transportation agencies should start collecting pavement data to meet new requirements, and travel time reliability and freight movement measures. In addition, the document discusses elements of the onroad mobile source emissions and traffic congestion measures under the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program. For more information, link to the document. (10-5-17)

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FTA Guidebooks Address Transportation Asset Management Final Rule

The Federal Transit Administration has posted two final reporting guidebooks to assist grantees in fulfilling new performance measure data and reporting requirements under the transportation asset management final rule. The Performance Restriction (Slow Zone) Calculation guidebook specifies the data needed to report the length of rail fixed guideway under performance restrictions when the maximum speed of transit vehicles is below the guideway’s full service speed. Procedures for calculating restrictions such as listing segments and calculating the restriction length by month is also provided. The Condition Assessment Calculation guidebook addresses the steps to reporting the condition of all facilities that agencies have a direct or share capital responsibility using a single numeric value. The guide highlights condition assessment procedures and aggregate approaches to condition rating. For more information, link to the announcement. (4-24-17)

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FHWA Reports Describe Improvement of Transportation Assets

The operation, maintenance and improvement of transportation assets is addressed in two new reports released by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The reports address FHWA’s Asset Management Rule that requires state departments of transportation to implement risk-based management plans and determine the benefits and costs over the life cycle of transportation assets. The first report, Incorporating Risk Management Into Transportation Asset Management Plans, specifies how to evaluate and prioritize risks and addresses risks associated with operations and environmental conditions. The second report, Using A Life Cycle Planning Process To Support Asset Management, provides a five step life cycle planning process and includes planning scenarios and how to use the results to improve financial planning. For more information, link to the risk and life cycle reports. (June 2017)

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Workshops to Address MAP-21 Performance Management Framework

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is hosting a series of workshops concerning transportation performance management. The workshops will assist in application of technical requirements under the asset management, PM2 and PM3 final rules that implement the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act’s (MAP-21) new performance management framework. FHWA staff, state departments of transportation and municipal planning organizations will be able to adopt management systems for target setting, communication, life cycle planning and financial planning. The workshops will also demonstrate the incorporation of risk management into asset management plans and address progress and penalty requirements and how they will be determined. The first workshop is scheduled for June 20-23, in Kansas City, Mo. For more information, link to the announcement. (6-15-17)

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FHWA Report Examines Use of GIS in Performance Management

The Federal Highway Administration has released a report that includes four case studies regarding transportation agencies’ use of geographic information systems in transportation performance management (TPM). The report discusses how departments of transportation in Maryland, Ohio, South Carolina and Vermont approach TPM programs and determine how best to use GIS to visualize the effects of performance-based operations and planning. The report found that most states remain in the developmental stage of implementing a TPM program, which is required under MAP-21 and the FAST Act. The report also found that states are investing in the use of GIS tools to better integrate data and to centralize data storage. For more information, link to the report. (2-17-17)

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AASHTO Updates FAST Act/MAP-21 Implementation Plan, Rule Tracker

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has updated its implementation plan for the FAST Act and MAP-21 and its surface transportation rulemaking tracker. The plan updates the status of provisions regarding revenue and planning, freight, program and project delivery, planning, performance management and asset management. The tracker keeps tabs on rules related to surface transportation as they work their way through the regulatory process. The updated tracker adds a request for comments concerning commercial activities in rest areas. For more information, link to the plan and tracker. (12-1-16)

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FHWA Releases Final Rule on Risk-Based Asset Management Plans for NHS

The Federal Highway Administration has released a final rule to address new requirements for states to develop and implement risk-based asset management plans under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). In addition to requirements for developing such plans, the final rule addresses the scope and timing of the evaluations state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) must perform to determine whether there are reasonable alternatives to roads, highways, and bridges that have required repair and reconstruction activities on two or more occasions due to emergency events. The final rule reduces asset management plan requirements for assets other than National Highway System pavements and bridges if state DOTs include other assets in their plans. It also specifies the criteria for determining whether a state DOT has developed and implemented its asset management plan. For more information, link to the final rule. (10-21-16)

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FHWA Issues Final Rule on Real Estate Early Acquisition Projects

The Federal Highway Administration has issued a final rule to implement early real estate acquisition provisions under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The rule implements Section 1302 of MAP-21, which established new flexibilities for state departments of transportation regarding real property acquisitions that may be carried out prior to completion of National Environmental Policy Act review. The rule addresses the use of federal funds for projects that are for the acquisition of property that subsequently will be used for a transportation project, and establishes the criteria for such use of funds. The rule allows for certain activities to occur prior to a NEPA decision. The rule also makes additional changes to clarify and streamline the agency’s real estate regulations. For more information, link to the final rule. (8-23-16)

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