Performance-based Planning and Programming

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The Boston Region MPO envisions a modern transportation system that is safe, uses new technologies, and provides equitable access, excellent mobility, and varied transportation options—in support of a sustainable, healthy, livable, and economically vibrant region.

The MPO uses a performance-based planning and programming (PBPP) process to assess how its spending decisions support progress toward this future. PBPP processes include three phases: 1) Plan, 2) Program, and 3) Monitor and Evaluate.

  • Plan: Establish the goals and objectives (pdf) (html), performance measures and targets that will guide MPO decision-making, and identify and acquire necessary data.
  • Program: Use the framework established in the planning phase to create a strategy for investing MPO funds.
  • Monitor and Evaluate: Review and report on the outcomes of MPO investment decisions with respect to performance measures and targets, and determine what framework or strategy adjustments are needed.  

Performance-based planning and programming shapes the MPO’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). PBPP is also integrated into the MPO’s decision-making about planning emphasis areas and studies conducted via the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). Data and analyses from the Congestion Management Process (CMP) support the PBPP process. PBPP activities help the MPO make informed decisions in accountable, transparent ways.

Please refer to the booklet Boston Region MPO Performance-based Planning and Programming (pdf) (html) for additional information on PBPP concepts, related federal requirements, and the MPO’s PBPP process.

Recent Activities and MPO Actions

On February 1, 2018, the MPO board voted to adopt the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s calendar year (CY) 2018 targets for a set of federally required highway safety performance measures. The Commonwealth and MPOs are required to establish one-year targets for these measures, which pertain to fatalities and serious injuries occurring on roadways, on an annual basis. By adopting these targets, the MPO agrees to plan and program projects that help the Commonwealth achieve its roadway safety targets. For more information about these measures, CY 2018 targets, and related processes, please refer to this memo (pdf) (html).

Performance Dashboard: Transportation in the Boston Region

This interactive dashboard tells the story of how the Boston region’s transportation system has changed over time. You can explore data on crashes, bridge and pavement condition, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and congestion, as well as the characteristics of the people that use the system. Learn more about the individual towns where you live, work, and play, as well as the region as a whole.  

As the MPO expands its PBPP process, this dashboard will be updated to reflect new data, measures, targets, and graphics. Keep visiting this tool to see these upgrades!

If you have questions or comments on the dashboard, please contact the MPO using the information below or the channels described here.

Stay Informed:

The MPO welcomes your feedback on the PBPP process, including the selection of measures, targets, and projects to improve the transportation system’s performance.


For more information, please contact Michelle Scott, MPO staff, at 857.702.3692 (voice), 617.570.9193 (TTY), or (email).