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



Programming and Funding for Operations

Management and operations (M&O) projects may be eligible for funding from several sources: State and local governments, the Surface Transportation Program (STP), the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program, and others. In the context of the objectives-driven, performance-based approach to planning for operations, operations objectives should guide decisions on funding projects or programs for operations. This creates a clear link between the plan and the State or metropolitan transportation improvement program (S/TIP).

M&O strategies should be programmed and implemented in collaboration with operating agencies. Many of the M&O strategies will flow from the transportation plan to be programmed in the S/TIP. Examples of the more innovative approaches to funding M&O strategies across the United States include:

  • Development Fees: New developments pay a pro rata share of the costs of transportation improvements needed as a result of those developments in Montgomery County, Maryland.
  • Private Traffic Reporting Company: A Tucson, Arizona traffic control center receives personnel services and advertising time in exchange for traffic information.
  • Turnpike Tolls: The New Jersey Turnpike Authority's Traffic Operations Center is funded through tolls.