By Eric Sundquist
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which has drawn attention for its rigorous performance measure-driven transportation plan (SSTI webinar here), is expanding its use of performance measures with a publicly accessible portal called Vital Signs.
Launched on January 28, Vital Signs is “an interactive tool that Bay Area residents can use to track the region’s progress toward reaching key transportation, land use, environmental and economic policy goals,” MTC said in a press release.
The website provides area-wide and local data—in some cases down to the road segment, bridge, or neighborhood—on indicators related to transportation, land use, economy, and environment. At launch, not all of the indicators were populated with data, but transportation is well represented with information on:
- Commute Mode Choice (by residential and employment location)
- Commute Time (by residential and employment location)
- Commute Patterns
- Traffic Volumes at Regional Gateways
- Time Spent in Congestion
- Miles Traveled in Congestion
- Travel Time Reliability
- Transit Ridership
- Transit System Efficiency
- Daily Miles Traveled
- Street Pavement Condition
- Highway Pavement Condition
- Bridge Condition
- Transit Asset Condition
For example, pavement condition data is displayed at the municipal level (Fig. 1) as well as at the street level (Fig. 2).
Eric Sundquist is Managing Director of SSTI.