The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) has been coordinating with regional, State, and Federal partners to maintain compliance with Federal laws and regulations related to performance management. The integration of performance management regulations outlined in 2012’s MAP-21 Act and continued with 2015’s FAST Act is an evolving effort, as various State, regional, and local transportation agencies set and evaluate targets.
DRCOG will continue to coordinate with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Regional Transportation District (RTD), and other relevant stakeholders to integrate their performance measure goals, objectives, and plans into its planning process by linking investment priorities to the applicable performance measure targets to the maximum extent practicable. Furthermore, DRCOG will continue to direct investments in the Metro Vision Regional Transportation Plan (MVRTP) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) toward projects that have the potential to support the targets and measures described.
In addition to adopting and incorporating performance measures and targets into the MVRTP and TIP, MPOs must also develop regular reports to document progress in achieving the targets; including a System Performance Report to be included in the MVRTP at the time of adoption, and a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Performance Plan to be included in the State’s Baseline Performance Report, Mid-Performance Period Progress Report, and Full Performance Period Progress Report.
System Performance Report
The System Performance Report is to be included in the MVRTP at the time of its adoption. The report must include an evaluation of system performance with respect to the performance targets. The progress description should include the performance data and associated performance target information that is available at the time of the plan adoption.
CMAQ Performance Plan
A requirement of the CMAQ Performance Measures (Traffic Congestion & Total Emissions Reductions) is the development of a CMAQ Performance Plan to be updated biennally. It includes a baseline level for traffic congestion and emissions, a description of the progress made in achieving performance measure targets, and a description of projects funded through the CMAQ program & their potential impact on achieving the targets.