The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Region 3 Office would like to take this opportunity to remind State DOTs, MPOs and providers of public transportation of the need to adequately address the planning requirements identified in the final rule on metropolitan and statewide planning to include the following items;
- Written provisions to comply with FTA’s Transit Asset Management rule must be completed by October 1, 2018.
- FTA will not approve an update or amendment to the MTP, TIP or STIP after October 1, 2018 unless the planning products to be amended reflect the performance based planning process.
- A Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan must be established and certified by each Transit Agency or State DOT by July 20, 2020.
The final rule on metropolitan and statewide planning, published in the Federal Register on May 27, 2016, addresses changes to the metropolitan planning process stemming from Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST) including Performance Based Planning and Programming (PBPP).
As part of the implementation of the PBPP requirements, States, MPOs, and providers of public transportation must jointly agree upon and develop specific written provisions for cooperatively developing and sharing information related to transportation performance data, the selection of performance targets, the reporting of performance targets, the reporting of performance to be used in tracking progress toward attainment of critical outcomes for the region of the MPO. These jointly written provisions can be documented either as part of the metropolitan planning agreements required under 23 CFR 450.314 or documented in some other means outside of the metropolitan planning agreements as determined cooperatively by the MPOs, States, and providers of public transportation.
The jointly written provisions to address FTA’s Transit Asset Management/State of Good Repair (TAM/SGR) performance measures must be completed by October 1, 2018 (two years after the effective date of the TAM rule). As information on transit asset conditions reported by providers of public transportation to the National Transit Database (NTD) will not be available until October 2019, they will need to provide this information directly to their MPO. In addition, the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan Final Rule (PTASP) requires each transit agency or state DOT to establish and self-certify its initial PTASP by July 20, 2020 (one year after the effective date of the PTASP rule). One of the required elements of that plan is establishing safety performance targets. Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans will need to be re-certified annually. For additional information on the requirements, roles and timeframes for performance-based planning, please see.
The FTA Regional Office and FHWA Division Office counterparts will work with the MPOs (and States) individually to assure that the transportation planning process and jointly written provisions on performance measures and targets meet the requirements as noted above. Please feel free to distribute this throughout your organization as appropriate. If you have any questions, please contact your FTA Region 3 Community Planner.