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Best Practices for Transportation Performance Measures

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The Maryland Open Transportation Investment Decision Act was passed by
the Maryland General Assembly in 2016 to establish an objective, transparent
project prioritization process, aligned with clearly stated goals, for major
transportation projects. The original statute was amended in 2017 to make
some revisions to the performance measures in the act and to set out a process
for the development and review of those measures.

ONLINE COVER Performance Measures 120617 FINAL

The purpose of this report is to recommend a process for the development
of each of the 23 measures included in the act. These recommendations are
intended to be readily implementable and to reflect best practices. The sources
for these recommendations include:
1. Virginia’s SmartScale project prioritization program, which is widely
considered to be the state-of-the-art system in the United States and
which the Maryland General Assembly has identified as a model,
2. The new federal Transportation Performance Management system,
which requires state departments of transportation, including the
Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), to collect and
analyze a wide range of data that bear on many of the issues set out in
the Maryland law,
3. Other states and metropolitan planning organizations, and
4. MDOT’s own systems.
We believe that these recommendations demonstrate that it is feasible and
practicable for Maryland to adopt a high-quality project prioritization
system that meets all the objectives of the act.

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Publications Archive

For PDF versions of previous reports and publications, see below:

Best Practices for Transportation Performance Measures, December 2017

Recomendations for Better Project Scoring- Improving the Implementation of the Maryland Open Transportation Investment Decisions Acto of 2016, December 8, 2016.

Causes of Chesapeake Bay Pollution - Nitrogen from Septics - By County.  Downloaded from BayState in September 2016.

MDOT's Consolidated Transportation Program:  FY2016-2021

From Transportation for America: Weighing Maryland's Economic Future

Building on Baltimore's History:  The Partnership for Reuse  November 2014

Charles County Voter Survey, September 6, 2013

Charles County Comprehensive Plan Timeline, September 2013

Our Built Environments:  A Technical Review of the Interactions Between Lane Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality (2nd Edition) June 2013.

Building Better Budgets:  A National Examination of the Fiscal Benefits of Smart Growth Development, May 2013.

Land Use Planning in Baltimore County:  Reaching the Vision, August 2012.

Cleaning Up Local Waters and the Bay - Ideas and Best Management Practices in Maryland's Watershed Implementation Plans (Local WIP Reports) June 2012.

Accounting for Growth:  Preventing Pollution, Reducing Sprawl by Chose Clean Water 2012.

The Case for Open Space February 2012.

PlanMaryland: Executive Summary, from the Md Dept of Planning, December 2011

Plan Maryland:  A Sustainable Growth Plan for the 21st Century, from the Md Dept of Planning, December 2011

Thanksgiving Report:  Where does your Thanksgiving Dinner come from?  November 2011

PlanMaryland:  Revised Draft Plan, from the Md Dept of Planning, September 2011

Growing Smarter:  Path to a Prosperous Maryland. Briefing Book for Elected Officials, February 2011.

Keep Farmers Farming June 2010.

A Smarter Future for Charles County November 2009.

Follow the Money - A New Direction for Transportation in Maryland 2009.

The Future of Land Use Plans after Terrapin Run 2008.

Yellow School Bus Blues 2007.

Smart Growth in Maryland:  Looking Forward and Looking Back, 2007.

Today's Vision Tomorrow's Reality:  Summary Report of the "Reality Check Plus" Growth visioning Exercises, 2006.

1000 Friends of Maryland Guide to Stopping Bad Development, 2002.