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Criterion Examples are user-submitted examples to showcase how an agency or project accomplished points within a particular criterion

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Mobility 2035: The Metropolitan Transportation Plan for North Central Texas

Download the full NCTCOG Criterion Example.

NCTCOG serves as the council of governments for a 16-county region centered on Dallas and Fort Worth. NCTCOG, one of the agencies that pilot tested INVEST, assessed its adopted long-range transportation plan (LRTP), Mobility 2035, using the INVEST System Planning module. NCTCOG, scored well on the SP-01 criterion, but found through the INVEST self-evaluation that there was room for enhancing their work in this area in such a way that would both improve sustainability outcomes, and help the agency take more credit for the good work it was already doing.

Criterion Information

Scorecard: N/A Criterion: SP-01 Points Earned: 8 Link:

Sustainability Improvements

NCTCOG realized that they were doing a lot of things in this area, but that it would be to their advantage to better document and measure outcomes. As NCTCOG begins work on their next LRTP, they plan to focus on developing sustainability performance measures. As the agency has allocated millions of dollars through sustainability‐related programs, NCTCOG aims to quantify the benefit of these programs at meeting sustainability and mobility goals, such as air quality and reduced congestion.

NCTCOG plans to conduct work in four phases:

Phase 1: Performance Measure Assessment – Identify possible performance measures using resources recommended by INVEST and examining measures used by other transportation agencies. Additionally, NCTCOG will evaluate data availability and assess efforts outside of the metropolitan transportation planning process that could support performance measure development.

Phase 2: Performance Measure /Objective Development – Develop SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) objectives and performance metrics for desired System Planning Criteria.

Phase 3: Integration into the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Process – Collect and analyze appropriate data. Identify and involve stakeholders and appropriate committees for technical and public input.

Phase 4: Document results of performance measures in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan – Incorporate SMART objectives and performance measures into the metropolitan transportation planning phases.

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