Under the joint FHWA-FTA final rule on planning (Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning; Metropolitan Transportation Planning), MPOs, state DOTs, and transit providers are required to coordinate to the maximum extent practical when setting transit performance targets. The MPO should work with the state DOT and transit providers to develop specific written provisions to define how they will coordinate with the transit providers in their metropolitan area to implement a performance based planning process, including how they will establish performance targets within their MTP and TIP.
Transit providers are required to prepare their initial TAM Plan by October 1, 2018, update it every four years, and share it with their MPO. The TAM Plan has multiple elements including the transit provider’s prioritized list of investments to improve the state of good repair of their capital assets over a four-year period. The MPO should integrate the TAM plan(s) into their planning process and coordinate with the transit providers to implement a performance based planning process that prioritizes investments that meet regional performance targets for State of Good Repair.