Pending adoption of final USDOT rules on national transportation performance management requirements, TxDOT leadership is taking steps to begin incorporating some aspects of those anticipated requirements in state transportation plans to better prepare the Texas transportation planning community for performance-based planning.
The information below presents the TxDOT/TEMPO-endorsed set of proposed national measures for use in Texas transportation planning efforts. The charts depict the FY 2014 performance results, together with short-term (FY 2018 – the end of the current Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan) and mid-term (FY 2025 – the end of the next Unified Transportation Program) performance targets at the statewide (and urban and rural, where appropriate) level for these measures. TxDOT and its partners will, of course, adapt this set of measures when the final federal rulemaking on national performance measures is available.
Goal: This measure reflects the state of good repair performance for the TxDOT-funded small urban, rural, and elderly and disabled programs transit fleet. Note: It does not include metropolitan transit fleet data.
The FY 2014 results are consistent with the actual level of funding and the continued need for public transportation service. With the passage of MAP-21, there is a limited source of capital funds that may be applied to replace assets, such as transit vehicles. For the rural transit agencies, the expected level of capital funds is sufficient to replace only 20 vehicles per year, compared to the more than 100 vehicles that reach the end of their design life every year. That means that transit systems will have to add at least 80 transit vehicles to the backlog each year in the rural transit fleet. In addition, that same funding source must be used to address capital facility needs, such as repairing maintenance facilities.
For the small urban transit fleet (eligible for state funds), the situation is not as desperate, and the estimated funding source is closer to the need. However, in the near future it is expected that the urban capital funds will be less-and-less adequate to replace all vehicles, as well as take care of the facility needs, and the small urban fleet condition is expected to deteriorate as well.
The projected targets are likely optimistic, especially if the funding sources remain flat. Vehicle replacement costs are likely to increase, and the capital funds will become inadequate to replace the vehicles that become more and more worn-out.
One likely result is that transit agencies will have to reduce service, as more vehicles become unsafe to operate and must be taken out of service; and more funds that are now used for operating expenses (fuel, driver and mechanic salaries, etc.) will have to be directed towards vehicle replacement, redirecting operating funds to capital and reducing transit service.
Performance Measure: Transit fleet state of good repair
Ratings are 1 = Bad, 2 = Poor, 3 = Fair, 4 = Good, 5 = Excellent.