Integrating Operations into Planning and Programming

Communicating TSMO

Analysis and Performance Measurement

Regional Collaboration and Coordination

Organizing for Operations

Mainstreaming TSMO

Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Plans

Congestion Management Process (CMP)

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Policy and Regulations

Performance-Based Planning

Designing for Operations

Regional ITS Architecture and ITS Strategic Plans

Systems Engineering and ITS Project Development

Livability and Sustainability

Traffic Signal Programs

Corridor Management

Active Transportation and Demand Management

Transportation Demand Management

Traffic Incident Management



Performance Measures and System Monitoring

Performance measures and system performance monitoring are crucial components of planning for operations. Performance measures are indicators of how well the transportation system is performing and are used in several ways in the objectives-driven, performance-based approach to planning for operations:

  • Track progress toward operations objectives
  • Identify needs and system performance deficiencies
  • Assess potential impacts of management and operations (M&O) strategies
  • Evaluate effects of implemented projects
  • Communicate progress to stakeholders

Performance measures are inextricably tied to operations objectives. An operations objective typically has a performance measure embedded in it that can be used to assess whether or not the objective has subsequently been achieved.

There are many reasons to monitor and evaluate transportation system performance and the success of implemented strategies – most importantly, monitoring and evaluation helps to inform better transportation decisions. With the information gathered from monitoring and evaluating the system, an agency can gain a better understanding of current system performance needs, measure regional success in achieving operations objectives, and fine-tune project and program implementation and operation. An important role of monitoring and evaluation is also to assess whether the objectives may need adjustments. Finally, data from monitoring and evaluation can be used to help calibrate and refine existing planning tools and models.