New Freedom Performance

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Under the Government Performance Results Act (GPRA), The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) was required by law to "establish performance goals to define the level of performance" and to also "establish performance indicators to be used in measuring relevant outputs, service levels, and outcomes" for each of its programs.  The performance measures described here are designed to fulfill FTA's obligations under this Act.  These measures were used at a program level and were not be used by FTA to assess individual grants.

FTA captured overall program measures to be used with the GPRA and the Performance Assessment Rating Tool (PART) process for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  FTA conducted independent evaluations of the program focused on specific data elements in order to better understand the implementation strategies and related outcomes associated with the program.  For additional information on PART http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/part/.

FTA State Administered Public Transit Grant Programs Assessment.

The three measures established for the New Freedom Program were:

  1. Increases or or enhancements related to geographic coverage, service quality and/or service times that impact availability of transportation services for individuals with disabilities as a result of the New Freedom projects implemented in the current reporting year. 
  2. Additions or changes to environmental infrastructure (e.g., transportation facilities, side walks, etc), technology, and vehicles that impact availability of transportation services as a result of the New Freedom projects implemented in the current reporting year.
  3. Actual or estimated number of rides (as measured by one-way trips) provided for individuals with disabilities as a result of the New Freedom projects implemented in the current reporting year.