Transportation Performance Management (TPM)

Safety is one of seven National Goals established in 23 USC §150 as part of a comprehensive performance management program. FHWA defines Transportation Performance Management (TPM) as a strategic approach that uses system information to make investment and policy decisions to achieve national performance goals.  The Safety goal is to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads.   For the purpose of carrying out the HSIP, FHWA must establish measures for the States to use in assessing the number and rate of fatalities and serious injuries and States must set targets in support of those measures.

Additional information about the MAP-21 TPM requirements can be found on the FHWA Transportation Performance Management Website. Additional information on the NHTSA TPM requirements can be found in the Uniform Procedures for State Highway Safety Grant Programs; Final Rule.

Specific information to support safety target setting efforts include:

  1. Safety Target Setting Final Report
  2. A Compendium of State and Regional Safety Target Setting Practices
  3. Safety Target Setting Peer Exchange
  4. Target Setting Literature Review


Safety Targets Setting Methodologies Informational Webinar

This webinar discusses the MAP-21 requirements for setting safety targets and includes:

  • A framework for safety target setting based on the Safety Target Setting Final Report published by FHWA in December 2013;
  • Current practices in safety target setting as well as the relationship between targets in State strategic highway safety plans (SHSP), the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Annual Reports, and Highway Safety Plans (HSP);
  • A Three-step approach for setting evidence-based safety targets centered on historical trend data, adjusting the target for external factors, and refining the target based on the estimated impact of the agency's safety program; and,
  • An Interactive discussion on the MAP-21 option for setting safety targets for urbanized and rural areas.

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Program Contact

Keith Williams


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