State Comparative Performance Measurement: Transportation

 

Over the past decade, governments at all levels have increased tracking results of government services. No effort has been made, however, to launch a comprehensive effort to compare state service outcomes in multiple services. Efforts to date across the state government community are piecemeal and limited to narrow issues or single service areas. This new Council of State Governments’ effort is intended to fill that gap. 

This is the first in a planned series of regular reports that provide comparative data on key outcome indicators of selected state services. The data provide a basis for each state to compare its outcomes to other states, using information that is reasonably comparable. States can then compare themselves to other states and help identify where improvement may be needed.
These reports are intended for state government and citizen use as one approach to encourage continual improvement in state services. 
 
The reports include:
  • data voluntarily provided by states to the Council of State Governments;
  • data from federal agencies calculating values using data provided by the states; and 
  • data from federal sources that originated the data.

This report includes bar charts for six indicators of road and bridge conditions and safety, including percent of roads in fair or good condition; percent of bridges structurally deficient; percent of bridges functionally obsolete; traffic fatalities per 100 million annual vehicle miles traveled (VMT); percent of traffic fatalities involving high blood alcohol concentration; and seat belt usage rates. Data were sought for a number of other outcome indicators, including injury rates, congestion and customer satisfaction. However, too few states were able to provide information on these  indicators.

These outcome indicators are shown in Exhibit 1. The data shown are for 2007. Bar charts are  presented with the better values at the top of each chart. The indicator value is shown at the end of each bar. The source of the data for each indicator is shown under each bar chart. Data were sought for a number of other outcome indicators, including injury rates, congestion and customer satisfaction. However, too few states were able to provide information on these  indicators.

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