The FHWA final rule for the National Performance Management Measures: Highway Safety Improvement Program (Safety PM) and Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) were published in the Federal Register (81 FR 13881 and 81 FR 13722) on March 15, 2016 and became effective on April 14, 2016.

These final rules are the first in a series of three rulemakings that together establishes a set of performance measures for State Departments of Transportation (State DOTs) and MPOs to use as required by MAP-21 and the FAST Act.

The Safety PM Final Rule, also referred to as PM 1, supports the HSIP, as it establishes safety performance measure requirements for carrying out the HSIP and to assess fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads.

The Safety PM Final Rule establishes five performance measures as the five-year rolling averages to include the following:

·        Number of fatalities

·        Rate of fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT)

·        Number of serious injuries

·        Rate of serious injuries per 100 million VMT

·        Number of non-motorized fatalities and non-motorized serious injuries

Once notified of the state targets, MPOs and RPOs must either choose to adopt the state’s performance targets and support the state’s efforts in achieving those targets or establish their own quantifiable performance targets. The MPO’s decision will be communicated to PennDOT within 180 days of August 31 each year.

In December 2017, HATS adopted the PennDOT performance targets for safety improvement, which calls for a 2 percent annual reduction in fatal and major injury crashes based on five-year running average crash rates. With this adoption, HATS agrees to support the targets by working with PennDOT to plan and program projects that contribute to meeting or making significant progress toward the established targets:


The figures below explore historical trends and the current status of the HATS region relative to the performance measures listed above:


Despite a recent spike in fatalities in 2015, the HATS region is currently seeing an overall downward trend in the number of fatalities with a 2018 target of 59 fatalities.


With a 2018 target fatal crash rate at 0.965, the HATS region is also seeing a gradual downward trend in fatal crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT).

PennDOT and HATS will coordinate annually in tracking this performance measure and ensure the regional TIP, the STIP, and RTP are developed and managed to support progress toward the achievement of these targets. In addition, coordination will continue on an ongoing bases during the development of corridor safety studies and implementation projects described in the plan.

Pavement and Bridge

State targets to be released in May 2018, MPO has 180 days to adopt after release.

Freight/Air Quality/CMAQ

State targets to be released in May 2018, MPO has 180 days to adopt after release.