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2019 T R A N S I T C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M TCRP RESEARCH REPORT 205 Research sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration in cooperation with the Transit Development Corporation Subject Areas Public Transportation â¢ Passenger Transportation Social and Economic Sustainability Performance Measures for Public Transportation: Final Guidance Document Heather Unger Adrienne Heller Leigh Blackmon Lane Deborah Matherly Louis Berger u.s., inc. A WsP comPAny Morristown, New Jersey
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TRANSIT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM The nationâs growth and the need to meet mobility, environmental, and energy objectives place demands on public transit systems. Cur- rent systems, some of which are old and in need of upgrading, must expand service area, increase service frequency, and improve efficiency to serve these demands. Research is necessary to solve operating prob- lems, adapt appropriate new technologies from other industries, and introduce innovations into the transit industry. The Transit Coopera- tive Research Program (TCRP) serves as one of the principal means by which the transit industry can develop innovative near-term solutions to meet demands placed on it. The need for TCRP was originally identified in TRB Special Report 213âResearch for Public Transit: New Directions, published in 1987 and based on a study sponsored by the Urban Mass Transportation Administrationânow the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). A report by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Transportation 2000, also recognized the need for local, problem- solving research. TCRP, modeled after the successful National Coop- erative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), undertakes research and other technical activities in response to the needs of transit ser- vice providers. The scope of TCRP includes various transit research fields including planning, service configuration, equipment, facilities, operations, human resources, maintenance, policy, and administrative practices. TCRP was established under FTA sponsorship in July 1992. Proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, TCRP was authorized as part of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA). 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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S AUTHOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The research team consisted of Heather Unger (principal investigator) and Adrienne Heller, Leigh Blackmon Lane, and Deborah Matherly (researchers and authors), all of Louis Berger U.S., Inc., a WSP Company, Morristown, NJ. CRP STAFF FOR TCRP RESEARCH REPORT 205 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Lori L. Sundstrom, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Gwen Chisholm Smith, Manager, Transit Cooperative Research Program Dianne S. Schwager, Senior Program Officer Jarrel McAfee, Senior Program Assistant Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Natalie Barnes, Associate Director of Publications Sharon Lamberton, Editor TCRP PROJECT J-11/TASK 32 PANEL Field of Special Projects J. Barry Barker, Retired, Louisville, KY (Chair) Aliesa Marie Adelman, Wendel, Williamsville, NY Sarah Buckle, TransLink, New Westminster, BC, Canada Robert Hastings, TriMet, Portland, OR Susannah Kerr-Adler, Jacobs, Arlington, VA Matthew Krupp, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, DC E. Cris B. Liban, Los Angeles County (CA) Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA Matthew McKee Miller, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT Peter J. Varga, Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid), Grand Rapids, MI Sergio Coronado, FTA Liaison Antoinette Quagliata, FTA Liaison Darnell Grisby, APTA Liaison Elizabeth Lovinggood, APTA Liaison Robin Riesa Phillips, National RTAP Liaison
TCRP Research Report 205: Social and Economic Sustainability Performance Measures for Public Transportation: Final Guidance Document is designed as a practical tool to help transit agencies of all sizes develop and use social and economic sustainability perfor- mance measures to plan, evaluate, and report on social and economic sustainability. The document is intended to complement the APTA Recommended Practice on Social and Economic Sustainability for Transit Agencies, which has been developed to provide a framework for approaching economic and social sustainability along with an overview of recommended practices. Sustainability includes social, environmental, and economic issues in what is often referred to as the triple bottom line. To date, transit agencies have focused primarily on environmental sustainability. APTA developed guidance for transit agencies on how to use performance measures to quantify transitâs impact on environmental sustainability and is moving toward the development of similar guidance to measure social and economic sustainability. TCRP Research Report 205 will support APTAâs efforts and those of transit agencies seeking to improve sustainability. Transit agencies regularly use performance measures (sometimes referred to as perfor- mance metrics or simply metrics) to track progress against agency goals and objectives over time. Transit agencies track many performance measures of service (called service measures in this report) that cover services offered/utilized (e.g., annual ridership), transit availability (e.g., service coverage, hours of service), transit convenience (e.g., travel time), vehicular capacity, and vehicular speed/delay. These traditional service measures are now often supplemented with measures that focus on social, economic, and environmental outcomes. Social measures reflect a transit agencyâs commitment to community development, equity, and safety; economic measures reflect a transit agencyâs contribution to economic develop- ment and operational efficiency; and environmental measures indicate a transit agencyâs progress toward protecting the environment (e.g., by reducing pollution from single- occupancy vehicles). This guidance document (1) presents key findings from the literature review and transit agency interviews; (2) identifies a list of 57 top social and economic sustainability perfor- mance measures and 56 transit service measures selected using evaluation criteria established in collaboration with the research panel; and (3) provides transit agencies with guidance on how to set goals, determine objectives, establish measures, implement and evaluate the measures, and report progress on social and economic sustainability. F O R E W O R D By Dianne S. Schwager Staff Officer Transportation Research Board
The report is presented with a companion ExcelÂ® workbook that can be used by transit agencies to develop their own initial list of performance measures. The workbook, called the âSocial and Economic Sustainability Performance Measures Database,â includes 606 social and economic sustainability performance measures and 93 transit service perfor- mance measures. This workbook is available for download and may be found by searching on the TRB website (www.trb.org) for âTCRP Research Report 205â.
1 Summary 5 Section 1 Introduction 5 1.1 Social and Economic Sustainability for Public Transportation 7 1.2 Purpose of the Guidance Document 8 Section 2 State of the Practice 8 2.1 Methodology 14 2.2 Findings from the Literature Review 17 2.3 Findings from Transit Agency Interviews 20 Section 3 Performance Measures 20 3.1 Performance Measure Identification 20 3.2 Performance Measure Evaluation 22 3.3 List of Performance Measures 22 3.4 Social and Economic Performance Measures Database 27 Section 4 Operationalizing the Performance Measures 30 4.1 Set Goals 32 4.2 Determine Objectives 35 4.3 Establish Measures 40 4.4 Implement and Evaluate 42 4.5 Report 45 Section 5 Suggestions for Additional Research 45 5.1 Topics Suggested for Future Research 46 5.2 Additional Resources 47 References 50 Appendix A Literature Review Summary 106 Appendix B Interview Summaries 114 Appendix C Performance Measure Evaluation Process 128 Appendix D Performance Measure Survey and Results C O N T E N T S