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A Primer on Safety Performance Measures for the Transportation Planning Process

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To promote a safer transportation system, we want to share with you this report, “A Primer on Safety Performance Measures for the Transportation Planning Process.” This is a first step towards employing safety performance measures in the transportation planning process.

This report introduces the concept of integrating safety performance measures into the transportation planning process. It outlines the benefits of using safety performance measures in planning, as well as basic information on what are safety performance measures. This document includes a high level step-by-step approach for developing safety performance measures.

To give the reader a better understanding of what is discussed in this primer, seven case studies have been included in the document. The case studies highlight the experience and application of the States and metropolitan planning organizations that have developed and used safety performance measures.

This primer will be of interest to transportation planning and safety practitioners, in particular those in State departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, and other organizations involved in transportation decision-making. It provides information to assist planners with incorporating safety performance measures into the transportation planning process in an effort to improve safety of the transportation system.

Sincerely yours,

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Joseph S. Toole
Associate Administrator for Safety
Federal Highway Administration

 

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Gloria M. Shepherd
Associate Administrator for Planning, Realty, and Environment
Federal Highway Administration

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