Transportation Leadership Academy

Academy on performance measures

Continuing T4America’s dedication to cultivating local transportation expertise and knowledge, we’re proud to announce the Massachusetts Transportation Leadership Academy. Beginning in October 2017, leaders from regional planning agencies, along with civic and business leaders from across the state will participate in a six month training academy focused on performance measurement to better assess the impacts and benefits of transportation investments. Apply today!

The Massachusetts Transportation Leadership Academy is presented by Transportation for America, Transportation for Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies, with support from the Barr Foundation..

Performance measurement — more carefully measuring and quantifying the multiple benefits of transportation spending decisions to ensure that every dollar is aligned with the public’s goals and brings the greatest return possible for residents — is an emerging practice that forward-looking metropolitan areas of all sizes are beginning to use.

Apply for the 2017 academy today!


Why performance measures?

The transportation law passed in 2012 (MAP-21) created a system for states and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to measure the performance of their investments against federally-required measures. Some metro areas were doing this for years before MAP-21 passed; others are now trying to determine how to incorporate this new system into their process of creating plans, selecting projects, and measuring the effectiveness of each transportation dollar that gets spent.

This six month training program will provide local leaders with tools and support for implementing performance measurement.

This program has been created in partnership with Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA) and the Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies (MARPA). The Academy will educate teams made up of local business, civic, elected leaders, and transportation professionals, prepare them to act on opportunities within their regions, and plug them into a dynamic national network of leaders throughout the country.

The six-month academy will consist of in-person workshops, ongoing technical assistance throughout the year, regular online training sessions, and expert analysis of their plans and progress on deploying performance measures. Apply today!

2017 Massachusetts Transportation Leadership Academy sample workshop topics

Program topics will include…

  • Why use Performance Measures? A History of the Transportation Program
  • Background: Understanding Federal Requirements & Rules
  • Transportation in the Commonwealth
  • Case Study: The Virginia Story
  • Scenario Planning Tools and Applications
  • Designing Metrics & Different Ways to Apply Performance Measures
  • The Evolving Transportation Landscape & Tomorrow’s RPA
  • Sample Measurement Exercise
  • Measuring the Economic Impact of Transportation Investments
  • Beyond MAP-21: Measures that Focus on Your Community
  • Linking to Outcomes & Prioritizing Projects to Get the Most Utility from Each Dollar
  • Transit: Public & Passenger Rail
  • New ideas for funding transportation
  • Concluding Session: Reflections & Next steps
  • Asset Management
  • San Francisco Bay Area: Cost-Benefit Analysis Case Study
  • How to Create a Message That Resonates
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Nashville: A Case Study on Integrating Health into Project Selection
  • Social Equity & Access to Opportunity
  • Rural Transit
  • Concluding Session: Reflections & Next steps