November, 2018 – At its October 30 meeting, the Hillsborough MPO Board approved a series of performance targets in conformance with new rules from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the federal agency responsible for transportation. State DOTs and MPOs must now assess and set short-term goals for safety performance, travel reliability, transit, pavement and bridge condition every four years.
FDOT-maintained pavement and bridges in Hillsborough County are generally in good repair, and in fact exceed national standards for bridge condition. However, local travel time reliability lags behind the rest of the state, so the MPO urged FDOT to address bottlenecks by funding projects on the MPO TIP Priority List. The new MAP-21 Performance Management Requirements will encourage greater agency collaboration and help direct investments where they’re most needed and can do the greatest good. Long-term (25/yr) performance goals, approved in 2014, can be found in the Imagine 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan.