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Performance management

The Denver Regional Council of Governments coordinates 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 subsequent surface transportation legislation 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, the Regional Transportation District 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 Regional Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program 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 Regional Transportation Plan and the program, DRCOG must also develop regular reports to document progress in achieving the targets, including a System Performance Report to be included in the 2050 Metro Vision Regional Transportation Plan at the time of adoption and a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality 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 Regional Transportation Plan 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. 

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Performance Plan

A requirement of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Performance Measures (traffic congestion and total emissions reductions) is the development of a performance plan to be updated biennially. 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 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program and their potential impact on achieving the targets.

Federal Highway Administration performance dashboard and reports

The Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation has developed State Performance Dashboard and Reports and Urbanized Area Congestion Reports where visitors can find the latest available baseline values and performance targets for each state department of transportation and urbanized area.

The dashboard provides an easy-to-use interface for visitors to learn about each performance measure area and the process each state department of transportation undertook in setting and establishing applicable baselines and targets. This central and standard platform and enables users to quickly compare performance on multiple transportation performance measures.

Federal Transit Administration performance dashboard and reports

The Federal Transit Administration has developed Transit Agency Dashboard and Reports that identify metrics and targets for a selection of transit agencies in the U.S. This data is collected in the National Transit Database Asset forms, where visitors can search the data products for a full compilation of asset data among other financial and service information. 

CDOT dashboards

The Colorado Department of Transportation has developed National Performance Measures Dashboards to illustrate the performance of metrics required under the current federal surface transportation legislation. The data is divided into four main goal areas and shows current and historical data and the progress toward meeting the targets.