Performance-based Planning and Programming

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

To determine whether we are moving towards this future, the MPO uses a performance-based planning and programming (PBPP) process to measure the progress supported by its spending decisions. PBPP processes include three phases: 1) Plan, 2) Program, and 3) Monitor and Evaluate.

  • Plan: Establish the goals and objectives, 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 a variety of activities at the MPO—including planning activities associated with the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), the Congestion Management Process (CMP)—and integrates these activities. PBPP activities help the MPO make informed decisions in accountable, transparent ways. 

The MPO is now developing its PBPP process to meet federal requirements—including requirements for tracking specific measures and setting targets—and to meet the unique planning needs of the MPO. Explore the resources below to learn what the MPO will be working on next, and keep checking back to see how this process evolves and how you can add your voice.

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.

Key Resources

Boston Region MPO Performance-based Planning and Programming (pdf) (html)

This document provides an overview of PBPP concepts, related federal requirements, and the work the MPO has done and will do to integrate PBPP into its planning activities.

PBPP Short-Term Timeline and Key Decisions (February 2017) (pdf) (html)

This regularly updated document includes a timeline showing PBPP activities and decisions happening in the near future.


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