The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has reviewed the Wisconsin TIME Program’s 2014 Self-Assessment, and scored the program at 85.3% – 12 points higher than 2013.
Wisconsin’s score is currently significantly higher than the national average of 83.9%. However, programs across the country are showing continuous progress in safely and effectively dealing with traffic incidents. In 2005, the TIME Self Assessment national score was 48.0, indicating significant advancement of TIM Programs nationwide over the past nine years.
According to the FHWA, the highest scoring sections indicate that Wisconsin’s strengths are in providing motorists with incident information and ensuring responder and motorist safety during incident clearance. Compared to 2013, Milwaukee has made its greatest improvements by ensuring responder and motorist safety during incident clearance and sharing and integrating data with other agencies.
The scores indicate that Wisconsin has the most room for improvement in calculating TIM performance measures and in formalizing TIM agreements among stakeholders. The state can also focus establishing proper incident response and clearance procedures.
Over 50,000 responders in 42 states have already participated in the National TIM Responder Training, leading to a shared understanding of the core competencies necessary for safe and effective TIM.
Traffic incidents and related congestion create a significant cost for the nation. In November 2011, AAA reported that the societal cost of traffic crashes was $299.5 billion, more than three times the $97.7 billion cost of congestion in that year. More recently the American Transportation Research Institute calculated the cost of congestion for the nation’s trucking industry at more than $9.2 billion in 2013.
To learn more about TIM Performance measures, visit FHWA’s Performance Measures Knowledgebase.