Establishing Performance Measures for Federally-Funded Infrastructure Investments

The MIC’s federal planning requirements direct us to establish performance measures (PMs) for safety, pavement and bridge condition, travel time reliability, air quality, and transit asset management.

The intent of these requirements is to demonstrate how federally-funded investments in our area’s transportation system (the projects identified in the Long Range Transportation Plan and programmed in the TIPs) are helping to meet state and national transportation performance targets.

This page reports the performance measure targets adopted for the Duluth, Minnesota side of the MIC planning area, and the annual Duluth-Area Transportation Improvement Program provides a status report on the progress made in meeting them.

(Click to view Superior, Wisconsin-area performance measures)

PM1 (Safety)

Adopted: MnDOT’s Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Performance Measure Targets for 2021

In accordance with federal law, each MPO, including the MIC, must establish at least five annual safety performance measure targets. They have the option to either use the safety performance measure targets adopted by the state DOT or to develop their own targets.

The MIC passed Resolution 21-03 adopting the five safety performance measure targets set by MnDOT for CY 2021, as follows:

Measure 2020 Target 2021 Target
Number of Traffic Fatalities375.4 375.4 352.4
Rate of Traffic Fatalities 0.626 per 100 million VMT* 0.582 per 100 million VMT*
Number of Serious Injuries 1714.2 1579.8
Rate of Serious Injuries 2.854 per 100 million VMT* 2.606 per 100 Million VMT*
Number of Non-Motorized Fatalities & Serious Injuries 317.0 281.2

*VMT – Vehicle Miles Traveled

Click to view more information about Performance Measures 1, 2 and 3 for the MN side of the MIC area.

PM2 (Infrastructure)

Adopted: MnDOT’s 2- and 4-Year Performance Measure Targets for Pavement Condition and Bridge Condition on the National Highway System

All Metropolitan Planning Organizations, including the MIC, must establish performance targets for the first four-year reporting period (2018-2022) for the condition of pavement and bridges on the National Highway System (NHS). They have the option to either use the safety performance measure targets adopted by the state DOT or to develop their own targets.

The MIC adopted MnDOT’s 2- and 4-Year NHS pavement and bridge condition targets for the first four-year reporting period in 2018. However, in 2020 MnDOT reviewed its four-year targets and determined that “Percent of Bridge Deck Area in Good Condition” should be decreased from 50% to 35%.

Therefore, for the Minnesota portion of the MIC area, the MIC Board passed Resolution #21-04, updating PM2 by adopting MnDOT’s revised 4-year performance target to assess bridge condition on the National Highway System, as follows:

Measure 2-Year Target (2019) 4-Year Target (2021)
Interstate: Percent of pavement in Good condition N/A* 55%
Interstate: Percent of pavement in Poor condition 4% 4%
Non-Interstate: Percent of NHS** pavement in Good condition  50% 50%
Non-Interstate: Percent of NHS** pavement in Poor condition  4%  4%
Percent of bridge deck area in Good condition 55% 35%
Percent of bridge deck area in Poor condition   4%   4%

 *NA – Not required by Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
**NHS = National Highway System

Click to view more information about Performance Measures 1, 2 and 3 for the MN side of the MIC area.

PM3 (National Highway System Performance)

Adopted: MnDOT’s 2- and 4-Year Performance Measure Targets for Travel Time Reliability and Freight Travel Time Reliability on the National Highway System

All MPOs, including the MIC, must establish performance targets for the first four-year reporting period (2018-2022) for travel time reliability and freight travel reliability on the National Highway System (NHS). They may either (a) adopt their state’s targets or (b) establish their own, quantifiable 4-year targets.

The MIC adopted MnDOT’s 2- and 4-Year highway system performance targets in 2018. However, in 2020 MnDOT reviewed its Freight Reliability performance targets and determined that the 4-year target for Non-Interstate Travel Time Reliability (“Percent of person-miles traveled on the non-Interstate NHS that are reliable”) should be increased from 75% to 90%.

Therefore, for the Minnesota portion of the MIC area, the MIC Board passed Resolution #21-05, updating PM3 by adopting MnDOT’s revised 4-year performance target to assess Non-Interstate Travel Time Reliability on the National Highway System (PM3), as follows:

Measure 2-Year Target 4-Year Target
Percent of Reliable Person Miles on the Interstate NHS 80% 80%
Percent of Reliable Person Miles on the Non-Interstate NHS N/A* 90%
Truck Travel Time Reliability Index 1.5 1.5

 *NA – Not required by Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Click to view more information about Performance Measures 1, 2 and 3 for the MN side of the MIC area.

Transit Asset Management (TAM)

Adopted: The DTA’s 4-Year Transit Asset Management (TAM) Performance Measure Targets

In accordance with federal law, each MPO (the MIC) must establish Transit Asset Management targets in conjunction with transit agencies operating within the MPO (the Duluth Transit Authority or DTA).

The MPO and transit provider have the option to either adopt the Transit Asset Management targets adopted by the state or to develop their own targets. The DTA decided to formulate and adopt their own targets that were approved by the DTA Board of Directors on 8/29/18.  The MIC Policy Board passed Resolution 18-18, adopting those targets for both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the MPO, as follows:

Asset 4-Year Target
Rolling Stock <10% of active Fixed Route vehicles and <20% of Paratransit vehicles have reached their useful life.
Equipment <35% of equipment (i.e. service vehicles) have reached their useful life.
Parking/Pedestrian Facility <10% of parking/pedestrian facilities have a condition rating below 3 based on FTA’s TERM scale.
Administrative/Maintenance Facility <20% of facility elements within the Administrative & Maintenance Facility have a condition rating below 3.

PM1 (Safety) - 2020

MIC-Reso-19-16-Adopting-MnDOT-2020-HSIP-Performance-Measure-Targets.pdf

12/11/19
For the Minnesota portion of the MIC area, the MIC Policy Board adopted the five safety performance measure targets set by the State of Minnesota (MnDOT) for CY 2020, as follows:

Measure 2019 Target 2020 Target
Number of Traffic Fatalities 372.2 375.4
Rate of Traffic Fatalities 0.622 per 100 million VMT* 0.626 per 100 million VMT*
Number of Serious Injuries 1711.0 1714.2
Rate of Serious Injuries 2.854 per 100 million VMT* 2.854 per 100 million VMT*
Number of Non-Motorized Fatalities & Serious Injuries 267.5 317.0

*VMT – Vehicle Miles Traveled

PM1 (Safety) - 2019

MIC-Reso-18-20-Adopting-MnDOT-HSIP-2019-Performance-Measure-Targets.pdf

9/19/18
For the Minnesota portion of the MIC area, the MIC Policy Board adopted the five safety performance measure targets set by the State of Minnesota (MnDOT) for CY 2019, as follows:

Measure 2018 Target 2019 Target
Number of Traffic Fatalities 375 372.2
Rate of Traffic Fatalities 0.62 per 100 million VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled) 0.622 per 100 million VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled)
Number of Serious Injuries 1935 1711
Rate of Serious Injuries 3.19 per 100 million VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled) 2.854/100 Million VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled)
Number of Non-Motorized Fatalities & Serious Injuries 348 267.5

 

PM1 (Safety) - 2018

MIC-Reso-18-02-Adopting-MnDOT-HSIP-Performanc-Measure-Targets.pdf

1/17/18
For the Minnesota portion of the MIC area, the MIC Policy Board adopted the MnDOT Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Performance Measure Targets for 2018, as follows:

# of Traffic Fatalities = 375
Rate of Traffic Fatalities = 0.62 per 100 million VMT
# of Serious Injuries = 1935
Rate of Serious Injuries = 3.19 per 100 million VMT
# of Non-motorized Fatalities & Serious Injuries = 348

 

PM2 (Infrastructure)

MIC-Reso-18-13-Adopting-MnDOT-PM2-targets.pdf

6/20/18
For the Minnesota portion of the MIC area, the MIC Policy Board adopted MnDOT’s performance measures for Infrastructure Condition (PM2), as follows:

Measure 2-Year Target 4-Year Target
Percent of NHS* Bridges in Good Condition 50% 50%
Percent of NHS Bridges in Poor Condition 4% 4%
Percent of Interstate Pavement in Good Condition N/A 55%
Percent of Interstate Pavement in Poor Condition N/A 2%
Percent of Non-Interstate NHS Pavement in Good Condition 50% 50%
Percent of Non-Interstate NHS Pavement in Poor Condition 4% 4%

               *NHS = National Highway System

Click to view more information about Performance Measures 2 and 3 for both MN and WI sides of the MIC area.

PM3 (NHS System Performance)

MIC-Reso-18-14-Adopting-MnDOT-PM3-targets.pdf

6/20/18
For the Minnesota portion of the MIC area, the MIC Policy Board adopted MnDOT’s performance measures for National Highway System Performance (PM3), as follows:

Measure 2-Year Target 4-Year Target
Percent of Reliable Person Miles on the Interstate 80% 80%
Percent of Reliable Person Miles on the Non-Interstate NHS N/A 75%
Truck Travel Time Reliability Index 1.5 1.5

*NHS = National Highway System

Click to view more information about Performance Measures 2 and 3 for both MN and WI sides of the MIC area.



MAP-21, signed into law in 2012, mandated that MPOs employ a transportation performance management approach in carrying out their federally-required planning and programming activities.

Long Range Metropolitan Transportation Plans (MTPs) adopted or amended after the following dates must include performance targets for the associated measures:

  • May 27, 2018 – Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) and Highway Safety
  • October 1, 2018 – Transit Asset Management
  • October 1, 2018 – Public Transportation Safety Program
  • May 20, 2019 – Pavement and Bridge Condition
  • May 20, 2019 – System Performance/Freight/Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality Improvement Program

In addition, the MIC’s Duluth Area TIP shall include, to the maximum extent practicable, a description of the anticipated effect of the TIP toward achieving the performance targets identified in the metropolitan transportation plan, linking investment priorities to those performance targets.

The MIC has the option to adopt performance measure targets adopted by the state Department of Transportation (MnDOT) or to develop and adopt their own quantifiable 4-year targets. The MIC has chosen to adopt MnDOT targets.