Integrating Operations into Planning and Programming

Analysis and Performance Measurement

Regional Collaboration and Coordination

Organizing for Operations

Congestion Management Process (CMP)

Regional Concept for Transportation Operations (RCTO)

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Traffic Signal Programs

Corridor Management

Active Transportation and Demand Management

Transportation Demand Management

Traffic Incident Management



Benefit-Cost Analysis

Benefit-cost analysis is a systematic process for calculating and comparing benefits and costs of a project to 1) determine if it is a sound investment and 2) see how it compares with alternate projects. Benefit-cost analysis determines the value of a project by dividing the incremental monetized benefits related to a project by the incremental costs of that project. In the objectives-driven, performance-based approach to planning for operations, benefit-cost analysis can be used to screen and identify management and operations (M&O) projects or strategies that meet operations objectives. It can also be used to support inclusion and prioritization of M&O strategies in the transportation plan and metropolitan/State transportation improvement program (S/TIP). Finally, benefit-cost analysis can support monitoring and feedback needs within the planning cycle by allowing for the assessment of deployed strategies.