FHWA Publishes Safety Performance Measurement Proposed Rule, Holds Webinar

Posted on: March 20th, 2014 by Carrie Kissel

On March 11, 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published the Safety Performance Measurement Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (https://www NULL.federalregister NULL.gov/articles/2014/03/11/2014-05152/national-performance-management-measures-highway-safety-improvement-program) (NPRM) in the Federal Register.  The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) required state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations to adopt performance measures in several areas.  This proposed rule is to establish measures related to the Highway Safety Improvement Program, including assessing the number and rate per vehicle mile traveled for serious injuries and fatalities.  The Safety Performance Measures NPRM also explains the relationship of this proposed rule to others that also will cover performance, planning, and programming processes.

Comments on this NPRM must be submitted by June 9, 2014.  Instructions for submitting comments are included in the proposed rule.  For more information, contact Francine Shaw Whitson, FHWA Office of Infrastructure, 202.366.8028, or Anne Christenson, FHWA Office of Chief Counsel, 202.366.1356.

FHWA held a webinar on March 19 to provide an overview of the approach to implementation of the safety performance requirements in MAP-21 and details of the Safety Performance Measures NPRM.  A recording of the webinar is available here. (http://www NULL.yorkmedia NULL.com/dot/2014/03/17)  Another event was held on March 13, but both webinars cover the same material.

More proposed rules implementing MAP-21 are forthcoming.  A proposed rule implementing the Highway Safety Improvement Program and the Statewide and Metropolitan planning proposed rule are expected to be published soon.  In addition, two more proposed rules on performance measurement will be published, covering other measurement areas required in MAP-21, and a proposed rule on asset management.  For more information on these proposed rules that relate to planning and programming and performance measurement, view FHWA’s Putting Performance into Action document (http://www NULL.fhwa NULL.dot NULL.gov/tpm/about/action NULL.pdf) (PDF).

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