Livability, Sustainability and Smart Cities
Management and operations (M&O) strategies that are incorporated into transportation plans through planning for operations can positively impact livability and sustainability. M&O strategies can increase travel choices and efficiency for all modes—including transit, bicycling, and walking—while reducing emissions and resource use. For instance, a roadway can be operated to optimize only vehicle travel movement, or it can be operated to improve multimodal system performance through: enabling more efficient, reliable transit trips; redesigning existing roads to improve vehicle throughput and multimodal access; adding bicycle lanes and making it easier and safer for pedestrians to cross intersections; and developing ridesharing programs and parking management strategies that support moving more people with the same amount of infrastructure.
Smart Connected Communities
Smart, connected communities enable those living, working, or traveling in these areas to realize improved quality of life by taking advantage of innovative technologies and collaborative institutional arrangements that facilitate extensive real-time data sharing, effective communications, and evidence-based decision making. This primer describes the key characteristics of smart, connected communities and how they can benefit from closer collaboration with Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) and how TSMO can benefit from these collaborations. The primer explains TSMO and provides several examples of what TSMO might look like in a smart, connected community.