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FTA Performance Management

 

Similar to the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration has established a set of rule-makings implementing performance management to improve project and program delivery, inform investment decisions, focus staff on leadership priorities, and provide greater transparency and accountability. The new rulemakings establish new requirements for metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to coordinate with transit providers, set performance targets, and integrate those performance targets and performance plans into their planning documents by certain dates. FTA administers a national transit safety program and compliance oversight process as well as a Transit Asset Management (TAM) program, a model that uses asset condition to help prioritize funding to achieve or maintain transit networks in a state of good repair.

Transit Asset Management

FTA published the Transit Asset Management (TAM) Final Rule on July 26, 2016 with an effective date of October 1, 2016. As similarly required through FHWA's TPM target setting process, to the maximum extent practicable, transit providers must coordinate with the MPO in the selection of TAM performance targets. 

As the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) is the major public transportation provider, has fixed-route rail guideways, and is a Tier One agency developing a Transit Asset Management Plan, MATA has developed information and targets for the following four state of good repair performance measures:

  • Rolling Stock: The percentage of revenue vehicles (by type) that exceed the useful life benchmark (ULB).
  • Equipment: The percentage of non-revenue service vehicles (by type) that exceed the ULB.
  • Facilities: The percentage of facilities (by group) that are rated less than 3.0 on the Transit Economic Requirements Model (TERM) Scale.
  • Infrastructure: The percentage of track segments (by mode) that have performance restrictions, considered to have a rating less than 3.0 on the TERM Scale.

On August 23, 2018, the Transportation Policy Board (TPB) of the Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) approved a resolution to support MATA's transit targets, which are shown in the table below:

TRANSIT ASSET MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE MEASURES
MEMPHIS AREA TRANSIT AUTHORITY (MATA)
ASSET TYPE/GROUP
BASELINE (2018)
TARGET (2019)
 
ROLLING STOCK
(ALL REVENUE VEHICLES)
STREETCARS
71%
50%
REGULAR BUSES
27%
20%
MATA PLUS BUSES
31%
20%
EQUIPMENT
(NON-REVENUE VEHICLES)
TRUCKS & WRECKERS
90%
50%
AUTO SERVICE CARS
95%
50%
 
 
FACILITIES
(ALL BUILDINGS OR STRUCTURES)
IMPROVEMENTS
40%
30%
SHOP & GARAGE
89%
50%
STRUCTURE & BUILDING
35%
30%
MISC. EQUIPMENT
81%
50%
 
INFRASTRUCTURE
 
 
STREETCAR
TRACKS
0%
0%
SIGNALS
100%
50%
SYSTEMS
0%
0%

By agreeing to support MATA’s Transit Asset Management targets, the Memphis MPO agrees to:

  • Coordinate with MATA and include the transit asset management targets for those measures in the long-range regional transportation plan (RTP)
  • Integrate into the metropolitan transportation planning process, the transit asset management measures and targets described in MATA's Transit Asset Management Plan
  • Include a description in the TIP (Transportation Improvement Program) of the anticipated effect of the TIP toward achieving the transit asset management targets in the RTP, linking investment priorities in the TIP to those targets

Additional Resources

Resolution to Support the Transit Asset Management Performance Measure Targets Prepared by MATA

MATA/University of Memphis TAM Performance Measures Presentation

FTA Performance-Based Planning and Programming Website

FTA TAM Webpage

TAM Fact Sheet

Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan

FTA published the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) Final Rule on July 19, 2018. PTASP requires certain operators of public transportation systems that receive federal funds under FTA's Urbanized Area Formula Grants to develop safety plans that include the processes and procedures to implement Safety Management Systems (SMS).

As the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) is a recipient and sub-recipient of federal financial assistance under the Urbanized Area Formula Program (49 U.S.C. § 5307) that operates public transportation, MATA will be required to set safety performance targets for the following measures:

  • Fatalties: Total number of reportable fatalities and rate per vehicle revenue miles by mode.
  • Injuries: Total number of reportable injuries and rate per vehicle miles by mode.
  • Safety Events: Total number of reportable events and rate per vehicle revenue miles by mode.
  • System Reliability: Mean distance between major mechanical failures by mode. 

Additional Resources

FTA PTASP Webpage

PTASP Fact Sheet

 

 

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