Technical Resources

Transportation System Management and Operations Resources

The following is a listing of the most recent publications for this topic.

PUBLICATION TITLE
National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE)
National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE)
Aug 7, 2018
Transportation System Management and Operations - Integration of Safety in the Project Development Process and Beyond: A Context Sensitive Approach
Transportation System Management and Operations - Integration of Safety in the Project Development Process and Beyond: A Context Sensitive Approach
Jun 23, 2015
From Research to Implementation: Reliability Products to Improve Systems Management and Operations Part Two of Two
At the ITE 2014 Technical Conference and Exhibit, a three-part session examined the tools emerging from the Reliability focus area of the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2). As a continuation of Part One of this article in the June 2014 ITE Journal, this article provides an overview of the product presentations given during the second session, as well as highlights from the discussion session. Recordings of all the presentations are available online through the ITE website at www.ite.org/shrp2.
Jul 1, 2014
From Research to Implementation: Reliability Products to Improve Systems Management and Operations Part One of Two
Highway deaths and injuries. Aging infrastructure. Increasing congestion. Th ese urgent issues prompted the United States Congress to authorize the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) in 2009 to conduct research for the development of products to address them. Administered by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies under a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Offi cials (AASHTO), SHRP2 has focused on four research areas: Safety, Renewal, Reliability, and Capacity. Th e goal of SHRP2 is to develop recommended procedures, practices, and applications to advance our nation’s highway system in these focus areas through targeted, short-term, results-oriented research. Currently funded through March 2015, the SHRP2 program is in the fi nal stages of research and development work, with the unveiling of products that could be adopted as standards, guides, or recommended practices at the local, state, or federal level. Current eff orts are now focusing on implementation, with FHWA and AASHTO working in partnership to bring the most promising products to wide-scale deployment.
Jun 1, 2014
Envisioning the TMC of the Future
During the past two decades, intelligent transportation system (ITS) infrastructures have been deployed in most major cities throughout the world, allowing operators to manage regional transportation assets more effectively. Next generation (NextGen) ITS applications are enabling individual agencies to cross jurisdictional boundaries in sharing information to make more informed decisions in optimizing the utilization of the multimodal transportation networks. NextGen ITS applications include integrated corridor management (ICM), transportation systems management and operations (TSM&O), active traffic management (ATM), managed lanes, and connected vehicles, to name a few. Th e “TMC of the Future” will off er operations staff an opportunity to select the applicable modules for performing their job in a more proactive manner. Figure 1 illustrates potential functions that may be accommodated by this TMC of the Future.
Jan 1, 2014
How to Take Adoption of Transportation Systems Management and Operations to the Next Level
U.S. DOT has undertaken an important initiative to bring the transportation system into the 21st century while also addressing growth, congestion, safety and other problems.
Sep 1, 2008
Incorporating TDM into the Land Development Process
While transportation demand management (TDM) usually has been applied as an effort to convince employees to use alternative transportation, there are diverse settings and contexts for using TDM. It can be applied systemwide as well as part of individual land development projects. TDM can be applied in the form of physical facilities as well as management and operations. This paper is based on a study that was sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation and funded through the National Center for Transit Research. Based on the premise that a systemwide integrated approach to achieving transportation goals should be used, TDM is an essential component of this. TDM can complement land use planning, transportation system construction and transportation systems management in the development of a cost-effective and functional intermodal and multimodal transportation system. While the geographic focus of the original study was the state of Florida, the findings and recommendations will have application to municipalities nationwide. The purpose of this study was to determine ways that TDM could be more effectively incorporated into the land development process, so that the necessary foundation for later TDM program implementation is laid.
Aug 1, 2006
Transportation System Management and Operations: Mega Issue White Paper
The transportation community has experienced the beginnings of a cultural shift toward embedding transportation system management and operation into our culture, work ethic, skills mix and vocabulary. But, what is transportation system management and operations (TSMO)?
Jan 1, 2006
A Holistic Transportation Planning Framework for Management and Operations
Mainstreaming transportation systems management and operations into the transportation planning process requires a shift to a holistic approach, which recognizes the importance of regional, coordinated management and operations to the achievement of broad regional goals.
May 1, 2005
Regionalism: Regional Transportation Operations Collaboration and Coordination
A coordinated approach to transportation infrastructure planning and deployment and a strong focus on operational planning are necessary to provide for enhanced management and operations as regional systems continue to expand.
May 1, 2005
Systems Management and Operations: A Culture Shock
The inherited culture of today’s transportation agencies is dominated by facility development and preservation. Changes are required if state and local agencies are to have a significant impact on the characteristic 21st-century mobility problems of congestion, unreliability and insecurity.
May 1, 2005
A "New Age" in Transportation System Management and Operations
Although there is no single solution to the transportation problems we face, the most prudent path forward is a balanced one that embraces an aggressive, “new age” approach to system management and operations as an integral part of transportation delivery in the United States.
Jul 1, 2004
Implementing a Smart Growth Land Use Pattern to Manage Congestion and Safety by Integrating Regional Transportation Futures Alternatives Analysis with a Regional Concept of Management and Operations (RCMO): A Case Study in Performance Based Planning
TCRPC’s Regional 2025 Transportation Plan ties federal funds to a shared vision of “Smart Growth” across 78 jurisdictions using an adopted land use policy map, themes and principles. Smart Growth is a primary strategy for Congestion Management (CM), along with ancillary strategies like access management and traffic impact studies. Transportation projects are linked to a RCMO which considers safety, identifies performance measures and short and long range investment strategies. The RCMO applies to all modal users of congested corridors from "building façade to building façade" and considers wide nodes/narrow roads, road diets, traffic calming, ITS and more traditional traffic engineering treatments. Smart Growth had an 80% public approval rating and is also being implemented through local comprehensive plans. A finding of public necessity was adopted that Smart Growth protects public health, safety and welfare and is an MPO fiduciary responsibility to prioritize transportation projects and funds. This paper summarizes: -Regional alternatives analysis comparing Smart Growth to “Business as Usual”; - Smart Growth implementation techniques and partnerships; - Relationships between Smart Growth, the RCMO, safety and CM, including performance measures and investment strategies; - Innovative public involvement techniques which maximized participation, partnerships and support for a shared vision of Smart Growth in a mid-sized metropolitan area. At regional build-out, Smart Growth saves between $1.8 and $5.4 billion in transportation costs by eliminating half the congested lane miles which occur if current trends continue, preserves three townships of agricultural land/open space and reduces pollutants by greater than 10,000 kilograms per day.
Mar 1, 2004
Travel Demand Management: Thoughts on the New Role for TDM as a Management and Operations Strategy
The original concepts of travel demand management (TDM) took root in the 1970s and 1980s from legitimate desires to provide alternatives to single occupancy commuter travel to save energy, improve air quality, and reduce peak period congestion. Today, our need to manage travel demand has broadened to encompass the desire to optimize transportation system performance for commute and non-commute types of trips and for recurring as well as non-recurring events. Given this broader based demand management reality, this article presents a new look at what TDM needs to be if we are to truly manage demand and operate our transportation services to achieve optimal system performance.
Sep 1, 2002
Measuring Highway System Reliability in Florida's Performance Measurement Process
Work has been proceeding independently by several agencies in the Baltimore and Washington areas that are putting greater emphasis on variations in congestion and other more management and operations oriented measures of transportation system performance including system reliability. One set of measures under development in for the Washington area include the categories of: (1) system quality, (2) system reliability, (3) safety, (4) impacts of transportation management centers and systems, and (5) customer satisfaction – each within a context of system characteristics and utilization. This paper presents examples of specific measures with those categories drawn from the overall body of work. They provide an example of how various planning oriented groups are beginning to monitor system reliability through performance measurement processes as well as how such monitored information and/or forecasts of future system reliability are beginning to be accounted for in the transportation planning and transportation management activities of various organizations.
Aug 1, 2002
European Examples of Travel Demand Management/Mobility Management: Getting the Most from Travel Demand Management
Travel Demand Management (TDM) has been an integral part of many U.S. region’s response to congestion, air quality and mobility problems. TDM came into it’s own in the 1970’s during the energy crises as federal regulations allowed for the use of highway funds for ridesharing programs. Twenty-five years late, TDM has become an integral part of the management and operations of the transportation system in most urban areas as a tool to reduce the demand for additional capacity. Beginning approximately ten years ago, interest in TDM has blossomed in many European countries. In 1990, the Dutch Second Structure Scheme for Traffic and Transport set goals for increasing average auto occupancy from 1.2 to 1.6 and for reducing vehicle kilometers of travel by commuting by 20%. To investigate various ways to realize these goals, the Dutch government sent several transport professionals over to the U.S. to undertake work/study assignments at various TDM organizations. Likewise, several professionals from the U.K. and Germany traveled to the U.S. to study TDM experience in the U.S. For the past 5-8 years, the Dutch, Belgian and English governments have been supporting TDM initiatives, often called Mobility Management in Europe. Likewise, the European Commission has funded several large-scale demonstration projects over the past five years. This paper summarizes some of the significant European and national projects to test various Mobility Management concepts and assess their transferability to other cities and situations. The intent of the paper is to introduce some of the initiatives through a "quick scan" and provide examples of the types of TDM strategies being tested and implemented within each initiative or country.
Aug 1, 2001
Evaluating the Management and Operations of a Municipal Traffic Section for More Effective Performance
In recent years, the State of Florida has experienced significant population growth, and, consequently, a significant increase in traffic. According to the Transportation Statistics Office, Florida Department of Transportation, "since 1980, Florida’s population has grown 25%, vehicle registrations 34%, and vehicle miles traveled (VMT) has increased 37%." If the trend continues, Florida’s population is projected to increase 36.0%, vehicle registrations are expected to increase 31.2%, and VMT will increase another 63.5% by the year 2020. Hillsborough County, Florida is no exception to this trend. Rather, from 1990 to 1998, the population of Hillsborough County increased 11%, which ranks Hillsborough County as the fifth fastest growing county in the state, according to the Population Estimates Program, U.S. Bureau of the Census.
Aug 1, 2001
ITS Management and Operations : ITE Adopts Recommended Practices
For the past five years, members of the institute of Transportation Engineers (ITS) with the support of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) have been developing recommended practices for the manag
Dec 1, 1999
Transportation Management and Operations for the 21st Century
The management and operations spectrum of our surface transportation systems ranges from managing transportation resources and systems over the long term to the everyday operations and maintenance of individual facilities. Today's economy and quality of life are critically dependent on maintaining the service on the basic network in the face of growing travel demand and capacity limitations.
May 1, 1999