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An Overview of Transportation Systems Management What’s It All About?. Executive Session. MPO Leadership April 21, 2005 Association for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) Under a Grant from the Federal Highway Administration. Session Purpose.

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executive session
An Overview of Transportation Systems Management

What’s It All About?

Executive Session

MPO Leadership

April 21, 2005

Association for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO)

Under a Grant from the Federal Highway Administration

session purpose
Session Purpose

Share with MPO leadership emerging thinking with respect to transportation systems management and operations (TSM&O) and its incorporation into the investment decision-making process

regional concerns
Regional Concerns
  • Economic growth/sustainability
  • Security
  • Public safety
  • Congestion
  • Sprawl
  • Environment (e.g., air and water)

…..And everyone is faced with budget constraints, decreased funding, and rising expectations

transportation aspects of regional concerns
Transportation Aspects of Regional Concerns
  • Commuter congestion
  • Traffic incidents
  • Goods movement
  • Special events
  • Homeland security
  • Emergency response and management
  • Modal choices
  • Work zones
  • Weather

Growing congestion is a front page story!

concern s possibilities
Concerns Possibilities
  • Move traffic smoothly and safely
  • Keep travelers informed
  • Facilitate passenger mode choices
  • Move goods efficiently
  • Detect and clear incidents quickly
  • Evacuate large populations effectively
  • Coordinate construction projects

Consistently across jurisdictional boundaries

transportation systems management and operations tsm o includes
Traffic Incident Management

Travel Information Services (for roadways and for transit)

Freeway Management

Automatic Vehicle Location for Transit

Traffic Signal Coordination

Work Zone Traffic Management

Roadway Weather Information

Electronic Payment (for transit, parking, tolling)

Freight Management (ports and transfer areas)

Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSM&O) includes:

Applied individually or in combination

why is tsm o important to take back as much of the road as we can
Why Is TSM&O Important? To take back as much of the road as we can !

Special Events




Work Zones


Recurring congestion

tsm o addresses regional concerns
TSM&O Strategies

Traffic incident management

Traveler information services

Freeway management

Traffic signal management

Transit priority systems

Work zone traffic management

Road weather management

Electronic payment services

Freight management

Special events planning

Transportation Concerns

Commuter congestion

Traffic incidents

Goods movement

Special events

Homeland security

Emergency response & management

Modal choices

Work zones


TSM&O Addresses Regional Concerns
the reauthorization of tea 21 will likely
The Reauthorization of TEA-21 will likely:
  • Place greater importance on TSM&O to help mitigate congestion, improve safety and security, and improve mobility
  • Recognize and encourage greater collaboration and coordination on a regional scale to maximize the benefits of TSM&O initiatives
essentials for moving to 21 st century tsm o
Essentials for Moving to 21st Century TSM&O
  • The application of advanced technologies
  • Unprecedented levels of collaboration and coordination within a region
what does unprecedented levels of collaboration and coordination within a region mean
What Does “Unprecedented levels of collaboration and coordination within a region” mean?
  • Regional partnerships among managers with responsibility for day-to-day transportation operations
  • Stronger and better linkages between planners and operations managers.
implications for regional planning
Planning Influenced by TSM&O
  • “Operations thinking” influences vision
  • Decisions engage operations managers
  • Operations/capital mix optimized
  • Performance measures reflect objectives
  • Regional performance informs planning
Implications for Regional Planning
  • Traditional Planning Process
  • Elected/appointed officials
  • Collective regional plan development
  • Long-term planning focus
  • Near-term project funding
  • Projects of local and regional significance
  • Historical trends

Improving regional transportation system performance

implications for transportation operations
Regional TSM&O
  • Regional cross-jurisdictional, multi- agency, multi-modal system
  • Real-time information sharing 24/7 to support operations decisions
  • Deliberate and sustained collaboration and coordination
  • Customer-focused performance measures
Implications for Transportation Operations
  • Typical “O&M”
  • Jurisdictional/Agency focused
  • Maintenance oriented
  • Peak-period focused
  • Limited real-time information
  • Targeted coordination for specific events
  • Output-based measures

Improving regional transportation system performance

implications for linkages between planning and operations
Opportunities that Advance Regional TSM&O
  • Regional ITS architecture
  • Performance measures
  • Data collection and sharing
  • Regional TSM&O projects
  • Funding/resource sharing
  • Regional forums for collaboration
  • Congestion management systems
Implications for Linkages between Planning and Operations
  • Typical Interactions between Planning and Operations
  • Operating agencies often “at the table” but focused on projects
  • Specific projects
  • Major special events
  • Post 9-11 emergency response planning
  • ITS regional architecture development

Improving regional transportation system performance

successful linkages means
Successful Linkages Means…
  • Operations data archived for transportation planning
  • Long-range transportation plan reflects regional operations
  • Planning analysis tools evaluate operations projects
  • Traffic engineering agencies deliberately share information about traffic conditions with the planning agency
  • A group is established to continuously collaborate, plan, and advance regional TSM&O activities e.g., signal coordination.

Maintain and sustain for the long-term

where are we headed a cultural shift
Representation and awareness

Local Jurisdictions


State DOT

Local Transportation Planning and Investment Decision-making

State Transportation Planning and Investment Decision-making


Operations and Maintenance

Regional Transportation Planning and Investment Decision-making


Systems Management and Operations


Where Are We Headed?“A Cultural Shift”
new services not new roads
New services -- not new roads

“Looking forward to the next 100 years, the focus is not construction, maintenance and operations. It's operations, maintenance and construction.”

VirginiaTransportation Commissioner Philip A. Shucet

“Build a road when you have to. Make sure you've tried everything else.”

Virginia State Senator Marty Williams

Daily Press (Hampton Roads, VA)

success story the washington state traffic incident response team
Success Story: The Washington State Traffic Incident Response Team
  • A coalition transportation, police, fire and emergency response agencies.
  • Collaboration is continuous to develop and improve response planning
  • Plan addresses detection, response, investigation, re-routing traffic, and clearance.
  • Most major traffic incidents are cleared in less than 2 hours
success story the southeast michigan snow and ice management semsim partnership
Success Story: The Southeast Michigan Snow and Ice Management (SEMSIM) Partnership
  • Four jurisdictions work together on winter road maintenance
  • Collaboration facilitates information and resource sharing
  • Decisions are made locally
  • Common purchasing
  • Standard use of ITS
  • Jurisdictions save money
what s in it for the region some tangible benefits
What’s In It For The Region?Some Tangible Benefits
  • Facilitation of information and data sharing
  • Technology upgrades and compatibility
  • Savings in procurement
  • Faster response time
  • Extended hours of service/operation
  • Expanded service area coverage
  • New funding opportunities
  • Coordinated operations
opportunities to build success
Opportunities to Build Success
  • A traffic incident management committee
  • A regional traffic signal coordination task force
  • A CMS coordinating group
  • A regional ITS architecture committee
  • An emergency response coordinating group
  • A regional traveler information working group
  • A work zone traffic management team

Involves operations managers and planners from State, transit, local agencies, and MPO

the cultural shift making it happen
The “Cultural Shift” – Making It Happen!
  • Build on current collaborative activities that are occurring in the region
  • Leverage opportunities available through existing efforts
  • Exploit opportunities to link planning and operations
  • Develop a regional concept for transportation operations
essential themes
Essential Themes
  • Regional perspective builds relationships for the future
  • Focus on “making the systems work better” not just on reacting to problems
  • Holistic thinking – bring operations thinking into the regional planning process
  • Sustain and build upon existing regional partnerships that may cross jurisdictional, functional, and public/private sector boundaries
for more information contacts
For More Information:Contacts
useful publications
Useful Publications
  • “Getting More By Working Together – Opportunities for Linking Planning and Operations”
  • “Regional Transportation Operations Collaboration and Coordination – A Primer for Working Together to Improve Transportation Safety, Reliability, and Security”
    • E-Copy available at:
      • http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/travel
      • http://www.plan4operations.dot.gov
    • Hard copy available upon request from FHWA
workshops and training
Workshops and Training
  • “Advancing Transportation System Management and Operations”
    • Executive session available now
    • 1-day NHI course available in April 2005