Incorporating Reliability Performance Measures into the Transportation Planning and Programming Processes: Technical Reference

TRB SHRP2 Program


This document is the technical reference for incorporating reliability performance measures into the planning and programming process. It provides a how-to guide for technical staff to select and calculate the appropriate performance measures to support the development of key planning products, including the following:

  • Long-range transportation plans;
  • Transportation programs [State Transportation Improvement Programs (STIPs) and Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs)]; • Congestion management process;
  • Corridor planning; and
  • Operations planning.

This technical reference is designed to accompany the guide written for planning, programming, and operations managers and focuses on the options that need to be considered to integrate reliability into the planning and programming process.

The overall project was to develop the technical procedures for state DOTs and MPOs to fully integrate mobility and reliability performance measures and strategies into the transportation planning and programming processes. The project developed the following additional supporting materials:

Source Organization Location

Washington, DC

Operations Area of Practice

  • Active Traffic Management (ATM)
  • Corridor and Arterial Traffic Management
  • Freeway Management
  • Pricing / Toll Roads
  • Travel Demand Management
  • Real Time Traveler Information
  • Communicating Reliability Information
  • Interagency Agreements / Cooperation / MOUs
  • Organizational Models
  • Performance Management
  • Cost / Benefit Analysis
  • Economic and Investment Analysis Tools
  • System Performance Definition, Monitoring and Reporting
  • Emergency Transportation Operations
  • Road Weather Management
  • Traffic Incident Management
  • Work Zone Management
  • Freight Management

Organizational Capability Element

  • Performance Management
  • Planning
  • Programming/Budget/Funding
  • Economic Analysis of Reliability/Costs and Benefits
  • Evaluation of Operations Strategies
  • Performance Measurement
  • Reliability Predictive Models
  • Active Traffic Management/Travel Demand Management/Pricing
  • Arterial Traffic Control Device Operations
  • Emergency Transportation Operations
  • Freeway Operations
  • Freight Management Operations
  • Integrated Corridor Management
  • Traffic Incident Management
  • Traveler Information
  • Work Zone Management
  • Organizational Structure/Staffing
  • Local government/MPO/RTPA cooperation

Content Type

  • Research

Role in Organization

  • Associate Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Manager / First Line Supervisor
  • Principal Engineer
  • Researcher/Academic
  • Senior Engineer
  • Senior Manager
  • Transportation Planner

Publishing Organization

  • SHRP2 Program

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Technical Reference

Prime Contractor
Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
Issue Date
December 15th, 2004
Publication Number
SHRP 2 Report S2-L05-RR-3
ISBN Number
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