System Measures

Performance measures for the Twin Cities transportation system fit into one of the following two categories:

Required federal performance measures

These measures are tracked and must be reported upon on a regular basis. The Metropolitan Council is required to set short-term performance targets for these measures. The results of these measures are primarily concerned with the overall trend and whether this trend is meeting the desired expectations. If a measure is not trending toward achieving the target, federal funds may need to be re-directed to address the problem.
The federally required performance measures are divided into the following five categories:
  • Safety Performance Measures (PM1)
  • Pavement/Bridge Performance Measures (PM2)
  • System Performance Measures and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (PM3)
  • Transit Asset Management (TAM)
  • Transit Safety Performance

Regional performance measures

These measures directly support the Transportation Policy Plan’s goals and objectives. These measures are tracked regularly to ensure they are consistent with the desired outcomes as defined by the plan’s goals and objectives. Some of the performance measures can be evaluated using horizon year 2040 model outputs for the revenue scenarios outlined in the Transportation Policy Plan, while others are intended to reflect and track current conditions and assess whether the region is making progress towards meeting the 2040 system vision.