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Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Integrates Safety Into the Planning Process at the MPO Level

Summary from: Roadway Safety Data Program | Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Integrating Safety | FHWA-SA-16-029

Publication Year: 2016


Background

Transportation planning is a continuous, comprehensive, and cooperative (3C) performance-driven process by which States, metropolitan transportation planning organizations (MPOs), and transit operators determine long- and short-range transportation improvement priorities. In addition to the entities cited, the planning process includes the active involvement of the traveling public, the business community, and other stakeholders.

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Pub. L. No. 114-94) into law—the first federal law in over a decade to provide long-term funding certainty for surface transportation infrastructure planning and investment. The FAST Act continues all of the metropolitan planning requirements that were in effect under MAP-21. Increasing the safety of transportation system for motorized and nonmotorized users was among the eight planning factors for Metropolitan Transportation Planning. The new legislation emphasizes performance management within the Federal-aid highway program and transit programs and requires that State, metropolitan, and nonmetropolitan transportation planners use performance-based approaches—often referred to as performance-based planning and programming (PBPP). With PBPP, transportation entities make decisions based on data and evidence so that transportation investments remain realistic and achievable.

A GIS-based safety analysis will greatly help the data-driven, decision-making process develop various planning documents that address these requirements, as well as prioritize long- and short-range transportation improvements.

Read the Case Study Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Integrating Safety for more detailed information.

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Contacts

Stuart Thompson
FHWA Office of Safety
202-366-8090
Stuart.Thompson@dot.gov

Publication Year: 2016

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