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    Transportation Objectives and Performance


    The NPS Transportation Mission

    The National Park Service will preserve and protect resources while providing safe and enjoyable access within the national park system units by using sustainable, appropriate, integrated transportation systems and services.

    Transportation Goals
    The following three broad goals have been identified to ensure that improvements to transportation systems in the national park system are consistent with the NPS vision and mission:

    . To provide high-quality transportation infrastructure and services;

    . To deliver efficient and effective transportation infrastructure projects and    services; and

    . To serve as a leader and innovator in transportation, as well as in cooperating with local, regional, state, federal, and industry partners.

    Transportation System Objectives and Performance Measures
    Three objectives and related measures have been developed for the Federal Lands Transportation Program (FLTP) - to (1) assess overall transportation system performance, (2) maintain and enhance the quality and safety of the visitor experience, and (3) protect the resource through sound maintenance of the transportation infrastructure. Because most of the NPS transportation infrastructure is a roadway-based system that will remain for the foreseeable future, most of the objectives and measures relate to the NPS road system.

    a. To provide a high-quality experience to visitors using the park transportation system. Measures would include:

    . the number of park units with primary park roads with a Facility Condition Index of (to be determined) or better;

    . the percentage of visitors using park roads with a Facility Condition Index of (to be determined) or better.

    b. To reduce the transportation system impacts on park resources. Measures would include:

    . the percentage of PRP projects that include mitigation of pre-construction conditions (excessive runoff, wildlife kills, etc.)

    c. To manage the park transportation system efficiently and effectively, indicators are needed both for condition and program and administrative efficiency. Such measures would include:

    . the percentage of the park road system (segmented by functional classification) with a Facility Condition Index of (to be determined) or better, by region and nationally;

    . the percentage of funds obligated for each fiscal year of total funds available for obligation, by region and nationally;

    . the delivery costs (i.e., planning, design, and construction supervision) for construction projects (by region and nationally) compared to the historic average of 32% of net construction;

    . the percentage of FLTP projects with current status reports available in a shared project management system;

    . the percentage of parks with current data on transportation factors included in the various transportation management systems;

    d. To serve as leaders and models for innovation in transportation services. Measures would include:

    . the number of parks and FLTP projects that have been assessed to identify appropriate opportunities to employ new and proven technology to solve a park transportation challenge (e.g., clean fuel vehicles, construction materials, alternative modes, Intelligent Transportation Systems).

    e. To build and enhance partnerships in the planning and implementation of transportation services. Measures would include:

    [Appropriate measure(s) are to be developed.]

    f. To recruit, maintain, and retain a workforce of highly motivated and qualified personnel. Measures would include:

    . the percentage of key employees participating in continuing education, training, and other career-building activities
    . the average tenure of key employees

    Some of the performance measures and indices in use include the following:

    Facility Condition Index (FCI). Measures the cost of deferred maintenance versus replacement cost. Indicates the condition of individual facilities or major components of transportation facilities.

    National Bridge Inspection Standard. Determines the extent to which a structure is deficient or in need of critical repair. Safety measures are based on a bridge engineer's inspection.

    Pavement Condition Rating (PCR). Measures overall pavement condition either for a segment of road or the total network.

    Funding Level Indexed to Facility Condition. Indexes roadway and bridge conditions to a funding level to indicate progress toward transportation condition goal.

    Program Delivery Costs. Establishes measures for program expenditures in the areas of planning, design and engineering, construction, construction supervision, and program administrative costs.