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February 15, 2024

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Last updated
February 15, 2024

The long-term goal of the Hillsborough TPO is to achieve zero traffic-related deaths. To that end, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has encouraged staff to set data-driven, realistic targets. The It’s Time Hillsborough 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan outlines the methodology for setting these targets. We wanted to provide you with an update on the targets for traffic safety measures set by the FHWA under the MAP-21 legislation. 

We’re excited to report that in 2023, we met 6 out of 7 targets! More information about the targets that were met can be found on our web page.

Motorcycle fatalities, a number which includes ebikes and scooters, remain an area of concern and improvement, however.

For 2024, we have proposed new targets that we believe are achievable and will contribute to making our roads safer. These targets include no more than 197 fatalities, no more than 37 motorcycle fatalities on a five-year rolling average, and no more than 941 fatalities on a five-year rolling average. 

To help us reduce these numbers, both the TPO and local governments can play important roles. One way is by designing and prioritizing safety projects in the Capital Improvement Plans (CIPs). This ensures that safety enhancements are integrated into infrastructure projects. Additionally, we will continue to program safety studies in the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), allowing us to stay proactive in identifying areas that need attention before accidents occur. Lastly, we will prioritize safety projects in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) that are lower cost and/or “shovel ready.” This ensures that improvements can be made swiftly and efficiently. 

Let’s work together to make our roads safer for everyone. Together, we can achieve our goals and strive towards zero traffic deaths.