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Performance Measurement

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Freight Management and Operations and other stakeholders are developing performance measures for freight transportation. Freight-specific performance measures help to identify needed transportation improvements and monitor their effectiveness. They also serve as indicators of economic health and traffic congestion.

National Freight Performance Measures

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration has published performance measures to assess system performance, freight movement, and the CMAQ program.  The regulation calls for an increased level of transparency and accountability in establishing and achieving targets for performance impacting commuters and truck drivers.

For more information, please visit FHWA’s Office of Transportation Performance Management at the following link:

A Truck Freight Bottleneck Reporting Guidebook has been provided to assist States with the truck freight bottleneck reporting required by 23 U.S.C. 150(e)(4). The guidebook is available at:

Methods to Improve Freight Performance, Reliability and Bottlenecks

The FHWA conducted a workshop on methods to improve freight performance, reliability, and bottlenecks. This workshop provided information on practices to improve reliability and mobility of freight, including addressing congestion at freight bottlenecks. Discussion included transportation performance management to support freight planning and programming, freight-related transportation systems management and operations (TSMO), and freight mobility improvements to help address bottlenecks.

  • New Publication 06/26/2024 Report on Methods to Improve Freight Performance, Reliability and Bottlenecks [PDF 8MB]
  • Presentation from the March 21, 2022 workshop is available at: [PDF 15.5MB]

Other Freight Performance Measurement Resources

Vehicle Probe Data Set Information

FHWA has acquired a second (v2) national data set of average travel times on the National Highway System for use in its performance measures and management activities. This data set is also available to State Departments of Transportation and Metropolitan Planning Organizations to use for their performance management activities. The data set will be available monthly.

NPMRDS v2 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

For questions about the NPMRDS v2, please send an e-mail to:


To view previous webinar sessions, please select the link(s) below:

Introduction to NPMRDS

  • August 8, 2013 - NPMRDS Introduction from FHWA; Potential Data uses; NPMRDS Access and Licensing; Technical Assistance.

Archived Quarterly Technical Assistance Webinar

General Performance Measurement

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