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National Transportation Operations Coalition (NTOC). NAWG Meeting National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) 400 N. Capitol St.., NW Washington, DC January 29, 2004. Jeffrey F. Paniati Associate Administrator for Operations Federal Highway Administration.

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National Transportation Operations Coalition (NTOC)

NAWG Meeting

National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)

400 N. Capitol St.., NW

Washington, DC

January 29, 2004

Jeffrey F. Paniati

Associate Administrator for Operations

Federal Highway Administration

Presentation Overview

  • The Need for 21st Century Operations

  • Ongoing efforts to Advance Operations

  • National Transportation Operations

  • Coalition (NTOC)

The Operations Community

  • Local, State, and Federal Transportation Professionals

  • Elected/Appointed Officials

  • Transportation Planners

  • Public Safety Community

  • University and Research Professionals

  • Private Industry

Operations Community Objective

  • To Build, maintain, and operate a transportation system that is safe, reliable and secure.

Operations Community Challenges

  • UrbanCongestion is reducing the quality of life

  • and our economic vitality.

  • RuralCrashes are a significant public health

  • problem. Unexpected delays have a big impact

  • (fog, ice, work zones).

  • Ports and BorderDelays are reducing our

  • global competitiveness.

  • Operating the system smartly and efficiently can help address each of these challenges.

Operations Community Responsibility

  • Building a 21st century operations

  • culture that effectively uses 21st

  • century technologies.

What is 21st Century Operations?


  • Out

  • Reactive

  • Project focused

  • Jurisdictions

  • 8/5

  • Output-oriented

  • Historical info

  • In

  • Proactive

  • Customer focused

  • Systems

  • 24/7

  • Performance-based

  • Real-time info

What are 21st Century Technologies?…..ITS!

  • Information gathering

  • Information sharing

  • Control

  • Vehicle-based

  • Vehicle to roadside to home base

  • Payment

How Can We Achieve Our Objective?

  • Manage for Performance

  • Advancing the State-of-the-Practice

  • Communicating/Educating/Advocating

Manage for Performance

  • Develop and implement performance

  • measures and processes

  • Organize agencies to operate

  • Plan for operations (incorporate into

  • the transportation planning process)

The cultural shift

State DOT

Representation and awareness

Regional Transportation Planning and Investment Decision-making

The Cultural Shift!

State Transportation Planning and Investment Decision-making

Achieved through

Unprecedented Regional Transportation Operations Collaboration and Coordination


Operations and Maintenance


Systems Management and Operations


Advance the State of the Practice

  • Detect, respond, remove incidents quicker.

  • Reduce delays due to work zones.

  • Operate intersections safer/more efficiently.

  • Manage traffic more aggressively.

  • Reduce run-of-road crashes.

  • Manage better during inclement weather.

  • Ensure we are prepared for emergencies.

  • Provide travelers with full information.


National Transportation Operations Coalition (NTOC)

National Transportation Operations Coalition (NTOC)

Representing the Community through partnerships with:

  • Key national associations – AASHTO, APTA,


  • STPP, ICMA, PTI, AAPA, TRB, and others.

Focus on moving stakeholders from Dialogue to Action.

Coalition Action Plan

  • Managing for Performance

  • ° Develop easy to use performance measure materials.

  • ° Create information and tools to support planning for operation.

  • ° Advance consideration of operations in the planning process.

  • Advancing the State-of-the Practice

  • ° Develop tool-box of best practice.

  • ° Develop performance benchmarks for changeable message signs.

  • ° Develop performance benchmarks for traffic signal systems.

  • Communicating/Educating/Advocating

  • ° Summarize operations benefits data.

  • ° Develop products aimed at decision-makers.

  • ° Create shared management and operations website.

  • ° Develop comprehensive/coordinated outreach program.

Coalition Structure


NAWGCommunication & Outreach

Signal Systems & VMS Benchmarking

Performance Measurement & Reporting

Linking Planning & Operations

Current Action Teams

Funding Compendium



Outreach & Communications Task Force

for the NTOC

To educate “the community” on the benefits of adopting operations strategies and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) as viable options for improving the overall performance of the nation’s transportation system.


Role and Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development and execution of

  • NTOC Outreach and Communications activities

  • Provide guidance on NTOC Outreach Agenda

  • Attend Monthly NAWG/NTOC Outreach

  • Meetings

  • Update NTOC at bi-annual meetings


Possible Activities

  • “Talking Ops” Web cast Series (similar to Freight)

  • Transportation Operations Conference (ITE Spring 05)

  • Development of Publications and Articles

  • Provide guidance on redesign of NTOC Website,

  • E-Dialogue, and ICDN

  • Host Conference Sessions and Workshops on

  • Operations issues

Safetea operations provisions
SAFETEA: Operations Provisions

  • Legislatively establishes Transportation Systems

    Management and Operations (TSM&O).

  • Promotes regional operations coordination/collaboration.

  • Establishes a Real-Time System Management

    Information Program.

  • Focuses resources on improving system performance

    ° Infrastructure Performance and Maintenance Program

    ° ITS Performance Incentive Program

  • Creates an institutional focus on freight management.

  • Funds a strong ITS R&D program; supports separate

    Operations R&D program.


• Delivering a safe, reliable, and secure transportation system

requires operations—21st century operations using

21st century technologies.

• There are many things we need to do today to deliver

21st century operations.

° Managing for Performance

° Advancing the State-of-the-Practice

° Communicating/Educating/Advocating

• SAFETEA presents the opportunity to significantly advance

the consideration of Operations.

• FHWA and the National Transportation Operations Coalition

are working together as champions to build a 21st century

operations culture.

For More Information:

Office of Operations:

National Transportation Operations Coalition

Zia [email protected]

(202) 366-1896