Section 2: Highway Performance Monitoring System Field Manual

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The Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS), initially implemented in 1978, is used to serve the data and informational needs of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in using and providing data to Congress relating to the nation’s streets and highway system. The HPMS data set is the nationwide inventory system of all of the nation’s public road mileage, which includes all facilities both on and off the state highway systems, as certified by the states’ governors on an annual basis. The HPMS data set is used throughout the transportation profession and has become an integral part of the policy planning process and guides how federal funding is apportioned and allocated.

The data collected for and contained in the HPMS assesses the system length, use, condition, performance, and operating characteristics of the highway infrastructure. HPMS is a cooperative effort among state departments of transportation, local governments, and metropolitan planning organizations to assemble and report the necessary information. The roles of FHWA headquarters, FHWA field offices, and state departments of transportation are defined within the manual.

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The HPMS Field Manual details the collection and reporting methods to be used for the HPMS data set. The field manual provides guidance on the following areas:

  • data summary and reporting requirements
  • areawide data requirements
  • universe and sample data items required for certain functional systems, the National Highway System, and rural, small urban, and urbanized areas
  • geographic Information System reporting requirements
  • data item and sample panel update cycles
  • software used to prepare, edit, and submit the HPMS products
  • several appendices covering sample selection processes, details on specific data, or coding procedures.
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Transportation Planning and Programming Division


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Current Policy: Highway Performance Monitoring System Field Manual for the Continuing Analytical and Statistical Database, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, August 1993

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