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TSMO Fact Sheet Series. Communicating the Role and Value of TSMO to Other Programs

Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) often supports, impacts, or otherwise relates to other State and local transportation agency functions and offices such as design, maintenance, and safety. TSMO and these other disciplines can be carried out more effectively if the connections between these areas are strengthened. To provide context for these potential connections, nine Fact Sheets were developed.

Expanding Traveler Choices through the Use of Incentives: A Compendium of Examples

With increased congestion across the Nation's roadways, transportation agencies and others are testing new approaches and implementing programs to cause travelers to shift their behavior to alleviate congestion. Using behavioral economic theories, agencies have provided different incentives to promote behavioral changes from travelers to shift modes, times of travel, or routes taken before and during their trips. This primer looks at different programs across the world to see how organizations have tackled congestion with these strategies.

Transportation Systems Management and Operations in 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.

Advancing Organizational Capabilities for Transportation Systems Management and Operations: February 2018 Peer Exchange Report

This report summarizes the findings of a peer exchange that brought together transportation agencies to discuss challenges, best practices, and lessons learned related to advancing organizational capabilities for transportation systems management and operations.

Advancing TSMO: Making the Business Case for Institutional, Organizational, and Procedural Changes

Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) presents a key opportunity for transportation agencies today and many agencies have recently been making a significant effort to better leverage TSMO to improve system performance in a cost effective way. This guide explores how a transportation agency's established Institutional, Organizational, and Procedural (IOP) "way of doing business" can be changed to reduce barriers and increase capabilities for effective TSMO through the development of a business case for TSMO IOP.

Tool for Operations Benefit-Cost Analysis Version 3.0 (TOPS-BC V 3.0) Now Available

Version 3.0 of the Tool for Operations Benefit-Cost Analysis (TOPS-BC V 3.0) is now available. TOPS-BC is a sketch-planning decision support tool developed by the FHWA Office of Operations. It is intended to provide support and guidance to transportation practitioners in the application of benefit-cost analysis (BCA) for a wide range of transportation system management and operations (TSMO) strategies. Updates to TOPS-BC for Version 3.0 include:

  • New freight operations strategies.
    • Truck-only lanes.
    • Compliance through electronic screening, credentialing, and permitting systems.
    • Truck parking and reservations systems.
    • Truck climbing lanes.
  • Travel time reliability benefit estimation based on procedures from the SHRP2 C11 Economic Analysis Tools.
  • Benefit estimation for the active traffic management strategies: variable speed limits and part-time shoulder use.
  • Updated cost information used by the tool.

If you have questions or comments on the TOPS-BC tool, please contact Jim Hunt with FHWA at Jim.Hunt@dot.gov, (202) 680-2679.

Guidelines for Applying the Capability Maturity Model Analysis to Connected and Automated Vehicle Deployment

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has adapted the Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Capability Maturity Model (CMM) to describe the operational maturity of Infrastructure Owner - Operator (IOO) agencies across a range of important dimensions. Agencies can use the CMM to develop action plans to move agencies capabilities from one level to the next. In many respects, the connectivity of vehicles and travelers with infrastructure represents the next generation of TSMO advancement. (Publication Number: FHWA-JPO-18-629)

Integrating Business Processes to Improve Transportation System Performance: Advancing Planning for Operations Technical Brief

This brief highlights key management, operational, and supporting business processes (e.g. planning, programming, training, human resource management, and contracting and procurement) that are key to successfully sustaining Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) programs. They brief provides examples and describes the benefits of business process for various TSMO program areas.

Advancing Transportation Systems Management and Operations through Scenario Planning: Web-Based Informational Session

This is a web-based instructional session on the use of scenario planning to advance Transportation Systems Management and Operations. The session includes video presentations by workshop instructors and practitioners. It also includes a video question and answer session and demonstrations of how to apply scenario planning in mock TSMO-related cases. This session provides a general understanding of scenario planning and a framework for applying scenario planning to advance TSMO.

Applying Archived Operations Data in Transportation Planning: Web-Based Informational Session

This is a web-based instructional session on the use of archived transportation operations data for developing, analyzing, and evaluating transportation plans and programs. The session includes video presentations by workshop instructors and practitioners, demonstrations, and narrated slides.

Advancing Transportation Systems Management and Operations within Corridors and Subareas: Web-Based Informational Session

This is a web-based instructional session on the applications of a performance-based, integrated, and multimodal approach to planning for transportation systems management and operations, or TSMO, within corridors or subareas. The session includes video presentations by workshop instructors and practitioners, demonstrations, narrated slides, and two case studies that can be used as group or individual exercises.

Transportation Planning and Analysis Tools: Selecting the Right Tools to Optimize Outcomes

This brief provides an overview of the classes of analysis tools and techniques available to transportation planners estimate performance and evaluate the congestion and mobility impacts of transportation operations strategies.

Transportation Systems Management and Operations in Action

Transportation systems management and operations, or TSMO, encompasses a broad set of strategies that aim to optimize the safe, efficient, and reliable use of existing and planned transportation infrastructure for all modes. This brochure provides an overview of TSMO strategies through recent deployment across the country. The brochure illustrates TSMO strategies applied to support a range of needs and contexts including freeway management, arterial management, traffic incident management, road weather management, planned special events management, and others.

Developing and Sustaining a Transportation Systems Management & Operations Mission for Your Organization: A Primer for Program Planning

This primer discusses the rationale for and key elements of successful transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) program planning.

Web-based Informational Sessions on Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO)

The purpose of this web-based informational session is to assist transportation planners and  system managers effectively advance TSMO programs in three areas:

  1. Planning for Transportation Systems Management and Operations: Within Corridors and Subareas,
  2. Advancing Transportation Systems Management and Operations Through Scenario Planning, and
  3. Applying Archived Operations Data in Transportation Planning

Applying Archived Operations Data in Transportation Planning: A Primer

The purpose of this primer is to assist transportation planners in effectively using archived operations data for developing, analyzing, and evaluating transportation plans and programs. This primer raises planners' awareness of the opportunities afforded through archived operations data and provides guidance on how to take advantage of that data to expand and improve planning practices. It also identifies innovative applications for archived operations data in planning. This primer aims to help planners and their operations data partners overcome the barriers to obtaining and using data, regardless of whether they are just getting started with using the data or have substantive experience.

Planning for Transportation Systems Management and Operations within Subareas – A Desk Reference

This desk reference is designed to equip State, regional, and local transportation operations and planning professionals with the knowledge and tools necessary to effectively plan for and implement transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) within a subarea context. Its purpose is to support transportation planners and operations staff in planning for and applying TSMO activities within subareas to achieve a more reliable, efficient, and livable outcome from their existing and planned transportation infrastructure. This desk reference highlights a planning for operations approach at a subarea level to focus on issues (e.g., mobility, reliability, and safety) from a multi-modal perspective and provides a variety of tools to advance TSMO within subareas.

Improving Business Processes for More Effective Transportation Systems Management and Operations

Many agencies are shaping their Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) programs to more effectively address those planned and unplanned events that affect road and travel conditions and can have an effect on overall system reliability. Business processes, in the context of TSMO, refers to activities such as planning, programming, agency project development processes, and those organizational aspects that govern various technical or administrative activities (such as training, human resource management, or agreements). Business processes get at the heart of many of the organizational issues that can influence TSMO. This primer presents business processes across several TSMO areas, including traffic incident management, planned special event traffic management, road weather management, work zones, and freeway traffic management. Case studies in each area illustrate where agencies have made concerted changes to their respective business processes, and modified aspects such as contracting, training, resource allocation, planning and other business processes. The primer also highlights available tools and resources to help assess business processes, provides strategies for engaging the right stakeholders, and provides a guide to next steps.

Planning for Transportation Systems Management and Operations Within Corridors: A Desk Reference

This Desk Reference is designed to equip State, regional, and local transportation operations and planning professionals with the knowledge and tools necessary to effectively plan for and implement transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) within a corridor. Its purpose is to support transportation planners and operations staff to plan for and apply TSMO activities within corridors to achieve a more reliable, efficient, and livable outcome from their existing and planned transportation infrastructure. This document highlights a planning for operations approach at a corridor level to focus on issues, such as mobility, reliability, and safety, from a multimodal perspective and provides a variety of tools to advance TSMO within corridors.

Use of Narrow Lanes and Narrow Shoulders on Freeways: A Primer on Experiences, Current Practice, and Implementation Considerations

This primer provides information to policy makers, transportation agency managers, designers and operators on the use of narrow lanes and narrow shoulders to improve capacity within an existing roadway footprint. Much of the information contained in the primer is presented in the broader context of both Performance Based Planning and Programming (PBPP) and Performance — Based Practical Design (PBPD). Primer contents include case studies on the use of narrow lanes, issues and approaches for analyzing the operational and safety impacts of narrow lanes and narrow shoulders, and the role of transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) in support of narrow lanes operations.

Advancing Transportation Systems Management and Operations Through Scenario Planning

The intent of this primer is to inform planners, operators, and other transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) partners on the potential use of scenario planning to advance TSMO.

The Use of Data in Planning for Operations: State-of-the-Practice Review

The purpose of this state-of-the-practice review was to identify current use of data by metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to perform planning for operations activities. This report covers information from national literature and research in the first several chapters and then provides detailed information for eight metropolitan areas in case studies in the last half of the document. The case studies highlight the use of data in the three key data-driven components of planning for operations: monitoring, analysis for planning, and post-implementation evaluation.

Transportation Systems Management and Operations Benefit-Cost Analysis Compendium

The Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Benefit Cost Compendium is a continuation of the series of reference documents and tools developed by the Federal Highway Administration Office of Operations designed to assist planners and operations professionals in evaluating the benefits and costs of TSM&O strategies and technologies. The TSMO Compendium is a collection of cases from across the country where benefit-cost analysis (BCA) has been applied to a specific TSMO technology/strategy or group.

E-tool for Business Processes to Improve Travel Time Reliability

The second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Reliability Project developed the software titled E-tool for Business Processes to Improve Travel Time Reliability (SHRP-2 LE-34 e-Tool). The Federal Highway Administration supports this E-Tool to assist transportation agencies when evaluating their key business processes to improve travel time reliability.

Incorporating Travel-Time Reliability into the Congestion Management Process (CMP): A Primer

The Incorporating Travel-Time Reliability into the Congestion Management Process (CMP): A Primer provides guidance and potential opportunities for using products developed through the SHRP 2 Reliability focus area. The Primer has been developed, in part, to support and advance the Congestion Management Process (CMP) and the Planning for Operations program as part of the metropolitan transportation planning process.

Improving Transportation Systems Management and Operations – Capability Maturity Model Workshop White Papers

These Improving Transportation Systems Management and Operations – Capability Maturity Model Workshop White Papers focuses on the six critical dimensions of capability identified in the SHRP2 research as necessary to support effective Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO). They summarize the TSM&O state-of-the-practice in each dimension based on the workshops and subsequent implementation plans developed at 23 sites selected by FHWA and AASHTO as part of the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Implementation Assistance Program.

Programming for Operations: MPO Examples of Prioritizing and Funding Transportation Systems Management & Operations Strategies

The Programming for Operations: MPO Examples of Prioritizing and Funding Transportation Systems Management & Operations Strategies report discusses how metropolitan planning organizations have incorporated transportation systems management and operations projects into the programming phase of transportation investment decisionmaking in metropolitan areas.

Transportation Planning For Operations: Quick Guide to Practitioner Resources

The Transportation Planning For Operations: Quick Guide to Practitioner Resources brochure lists the resources available for transportation professionals. The resources were created with the input of transportation professionals across the country to help improve planning for the management and operation of transportation facilities.

Making the Connection: Advancing Traffic Incident Management in Transportation Planning

The intent of Making the Connection: Advancing Traffic Incident Management in Transportation Planning primer is to inform and guide traffic incident management (TIM) professionals and transportation planners to initiate and develop collaborative relationships and advance TIM programs through the metropolitan planning process.

Getting the Most from Your Transportation System Investments: Operating for Peak Performance

The brochure, Getting the Most from Your Transportation System Investments: Operating for Peak Performance, is designed to promote performance-based planning for operations among senior decision makers and elected/appointed officials.

Tool for Operations Benefit Cost Analysis (TOPS-BC)

The FHWA Office of Operations is pleased to make available Version 1.0 of the Tool for Operations Benefit-Cost Analysis (TOPS-BC V 1.0). TOPS-BC is a sketch-planning level decision support tool developed by the FHWA Office of Operations. It is intended to provide support and guidance to transportation practitioners in the application of benefit/cost analysis (BCA) for a wide range of Transportation System Management and Operations (TSM&O) strategies.

Operations Benefit/Cost Analysis TOPS-BC User's Manual - Providing Guidance to Practitioners in the Analysis of Benefits and Costs of Management and Operations Projects

This Operations Benefit/Cost Analysis TOPS-BC User's Manual provides instruction on the installation and setup of TOPS-BC Version 1.0, instruction for using the basic capabilities, and discussion of adapting the available capabilities to the unique needs of an individual analysis.

Designing for Transportation Management and Operations: A Primer

The Designing for Transportation Management and Operations: A Primer is focused on the collaborative and systematic consideration of management and operations during transportation project design and development.