The National Park Service (NPS) has developed three objects and related performance measures to assess and monitor overall transportation system performance and maintenance. Most of the objectives and measures related to the NPS road system because most of the NPS transportation infrastructure is road based.
Objective 1: Asset Conditions
Improve the overall condition of the park transportation system by efficient and effective use of limited resources. Performance measures include:
- improved roadway pavement condition as measured by the Facility Condition Index (FCI) and the Pavement Condition Rating (PCR) compared to prior year and baseline and measured at the park, region, and servicewide levels
- improved bridge and tunnel conditions as measured by the FCI and the National Bridge Inventory Program structure sufficiency rating compared to prior year and baseline and measured at park, region, and servicewide levels
Objective 2: Transportation Safety
Provide safe transportation infrastructure and services for all visitors and NPS staff, and to reduce accident rates through increased awareness and implementation of accident reduction strategies. Performance measures include:
- the number of and severity of accidents (resulting in fatalities, injuries, and/or property damage) on park roads as compared to prior year and baseline, reported for parks with high traffic volumes and at region and servicewide levels
- the percentage of parks with high traffic volumes with Road Safety Audit-based intervention studies completed, recommendations addressed, and post- implementation reports
- the maintenance of a system that accurately and efficiently (without creating undue burden on field staff) collects accident data from the parks and reports accident rates and trends at the park, region, and servicewide levels
Objective 3: Visitor Experience
Provide transportation services that are convenient and enjoyable for all visitors and consistent with the mission of the NPS to protect and preserve the park resource. Performance measures include:
- the loss of public access due to closed or washed-out roads, reduced load bridges, etc. should be minimized
Program Management Performance Measures
The NPS has also developed objectives related to our program and administrative management of the transportation system.
Objective 1 : System Impacts
To reduce the transportation system impacts on park resources.
Performance measures include:
- the percentage of Federal Lands Transportation Program projects that include mitigation of pre-construction conditions (excessive runoff, wildlife kills, cultural and natural resource impact, etc.)
Objective 2: Management
Manage the park transportation system efficiently and effectively, indicators are needed both for condition and program and administrative efficiency. Performance measures include:
- 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, maintenance and construction supervision) for construction projects (by region and nationally) compared to the historic average of 32% of net construction
- the percentage of Federal Lands Transportation Program 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.
Objective 3: Innovation and Leadership
Serve as leaders and models for innovation in transportation services. Performance measures include:
- the number of parks and Federal Lands Transportation Program 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, Trip Planning, etc).