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The Boston Region MPO envisions a modern, well-maintained transportation system that supports a sustainable, healthy, livable, and economically vibrant region. To achieve this vision, the transportation system must be safe and resilient; incorporate emerging technologies; and provide equitable access, excellent mobility, and varied transportation options.
-Destination 2040 Vision
The MPO uses a performance-based planning and programming (PBPP) process to assess how its spending decisions support progress toward this vision. PBPP processes include three phases:
- Plan: Establish the goals and objectives, performance measures, and targets that will guide MPO decision-making, and identify and acquire necessary data.
- Invest: Use the framework established in the planning phase to create a strategy for investing MPO funds.
- Monitor and Evaluate: Review and report on the outcomes of MPO investment decisions with respect to performance measures and targets, and determine what framework or strategy adjustments are needed.
PBPP activities help the MPO make informed decisions in accountable, transparent ways. PBPP shapes the MPO’s Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). PBPP is also integrated into the MPO’s decision-making on planning emphasis areas and studies conducted via the Unified Planning Work Program. Data and analyses from the Congestion Management Process support the PBPP process.
Please refer to Boston Region MPO Performance-based Planning and Programming (PDF) Boston Region MPO Performance-based Planning and Programming (HTML) for additional information about PBPP concepts, related federal requirements, and the MPO’s PBPP process.
For the MPO’s most recent LRTP systems performance report, which describes the MPO’s baseline values and targets for its performance measures, see the Systems Performance Report chapter (PDF) Systems Performance Report chapter (HTML) of the Destination 2050 plan. For a performance analysis of the MPO’s current TIP, which describes the MPO’s performance targets and how projects in the TIP may improve performance, see the Performance Analysis chapter (PDF) Performance Analysis chapter (HTML) in the federal fiscal years 2024–28 TIP.
Recent Activities and MPO Actions
The US Department of Transportation requires states, MPOs, and operators of public transportation to establish targets for performance measures in key areas. The MPO will set targets on an ongoing basis for specific federally required performance measures, and it will coordinate on PBPP activities with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and other regional transit authorities, and other MPOs and stakeholders. The MPO has recently adopted the following sets of performance targets to meet federal requirements and create an effective, integrated, and informative PBPP process.
- Transit Safety Targets
- Transit Asset Management (TAM) Targets
- National Highway System Bridge and Pavement Condition
- Roadway Safety Targets
- Travel Time Reliability Targets
- Congestion Reduction and Air Quality Targets
Past Targets and Performance
For information on other target-setting efforts from previous years, visit the PBPP Archive page.
This interactive dashboard tells the story of how the Boston region’s transportation system has changed over time. Explore data on crashes, bridge and pavement condition, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and congestion, and the characteristics of the people who use the system. Learn more about the individual towns where you live and work, as well as the region as a whole.
The MPO welcomes your feedback on the PBPP process, including the selection of measures, targets, and projects to improve the transportation system’s performance.
- View the MPO’s meeting calendar to find opportunities to listen to MPO discussions and provide feedback in person.
- Share your comments online through any of the MPO’s public involvement channels.