Improve the resiliency and reliability of the surface transportation system

Each of the goals in a metropolitan or statewide transportation plan is supported by one or more 'objectives' that define what needs to occur to accomplish the goal. The objectives define what a region plans to achieve and help to determine the strategies and investments that will be included in the transportation plan. In practice, objectives range from high-level regional statements to specific, measurable, time-bound "SMART" objectives. A range of objectives are included in the Architecture Reference for Cooperative and Intelligent Transportation (ARC-IT), gathered from a variety of references and recent transportation plans, that reflect the spectrum of objectives that are used in current practice. The objectives identified below support the identified goal. Select an objective to identify its source, associated performance measures, and the service packages that support the objective.

Objective Category Objective
Arterial Management: Reliability Reduce buffer index on arterials during peak and off-peak periods by X percent in Y years.
Arterial Management: Reliability Reduce delay associated with incidents on arterials by X percent by year Y.
Freeway Management: Reliability Reduce buffer index on the freeway system during peak and off-peak periods by X percent in Y years.
Freeway Management: Reliability Reduce delay associated with incidents on the freeway system by X percent by year Y.
System Reliability: Non-Recurring Delay Reduce total person hours of delay (or travel-time delay per capita) by time period (peak, off-peak) caused by all transient events such as traffic incidents, special events, and work zones.
System Reliability: Non-Recurring Delay Reduce total person hours of delay (or travel-time delay per capita) by time period (peak, off-peak) caused by scheduled events, work zones, or system maintenance by x hours in y years.
System Reliability: Non-Recurring Delay Reduce total person hours of delay (or travel-time delay per capita) by time period (peak, off-peak) caused by unscheduled disruptions to travel.
System Reliability: Planning Time Index Reduce the average planning time for (specific routes in region) by X minutes over the next Y years.
System Reliability: Planning Time Index Reduce the average planning time index for (specific routes in region) by X (no units) over the next Y years.
System Reliability: Transit On-Time Performance Improve average on-time performance for specified transit routes/facilities by X percent within Y years.
System Reliability: Travel Time 90th/95th Percentile Reduce the 90th (or 95th) percentile travel times for each route selected by X percent over Y years.
System Reliability: Travel Time 90th/95th Percentile Reduce the average of the 90th (or 95th) percentile travel times for (a group of specific travel routes or trips in the region) by X minutes in Y years.
System Reliability: Travel Time Buffer Index Decrease the average buffer index for (multiple routes or trips) by X percent over Y years.
System Reliability: Travel Time Buffer Index Decrease the buffer index for (specific travel routes) by X percent over the next Y years.
System Reliability: Travel Time Buffer Index Reduce the average buffer time needed to arrive on-time for 95 percent of trips on (specified routes) by X minutes over Y years.
System Reliability: Variability Reduce the variability of travel time on specified routes by X percent during peak and off-peak periods by year Y.
Transit Operations and Management: Automated Fare Collection Implement an automated fare collection system in Y years for X percent of transit providers in the region.
Transit Operations and Management: Automated Fare Collection Increase by X percentage points, every Y years, the percent of transfers performed with automated fare cards.
Transit Operations and Management: Automated Fare Collection Increase use of system by X percent per year.
Transit Operations and Management: Automated Fare Collection Integrate X additional modes/services into automated fare collection system by Y years.

Architecture Use

Like the goals, the transportation objectives of the region should be a driving input for the regional ITS architecture. By connecting the objectives with the architecture, transportation planners can easily identify the portion of the integrated regional transportation system that supports each objective. Conversely, ITS architectures and strategic plans can help planning organizations define operations objectives that reflect data that is available and the expertise of operations staff. The RAD-IT Planning Tab can be used to connect your region's objectives with your regional ITS architecture. If your regional ITS architecture does not include this connection, the links between the objectives and ARC-IT defined in this planning view may be used as a starting point.