FHWA hosted a group of Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) leaders to share their agencies' experiences in advancing TSMO programs on February 26 and 27, 2020. Representatives from 15 organizations participated in the peer exchange, including from: 12 State departments of transportation (DOTs), two metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and one regional transportation commission. The event included four focused sessions: organizational improvements, collaboration and partnerships, making the business case and branding for TSMO, and priority issues for further exploration.
This short video explores the importance of travel time reliability, the consequences of an unreliable transportation system, and what can be done to make travel more reliable for everyone. For more information, please read the FHWA Primer “Does Travel Time Reliability Matter?” and visit the FHWA Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) website: https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/tsmo/
Achieving Coordination Between Information Technology and TSMO (webinars)
Two webinars were conducted through the National Operations Center of Excellence that explore challenges and opportunities that TSMO practitioners face regarding information technology. The webinars provide both the TSMO and IT perspectives and discuss effective practices for improving TSMO-IT coordination.
This webinar is designed to explore specific ways to integrate such concepts as mobility on demand, information technology and behavioral economics into managed lane projects in order to enhance alternative mode use in managed lane corridors.
Gaining buy-in and collaboration for transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) among different units and programs within a DOT, and with external partners, usually requires effective ongoing outreach and communication. Leadership support can facilitate these efforts. A new focus area page on Communicating TSMO is now available. This page contains several resources to help agencies build support for TSMO. Resources include a new TSMO outreach kit, developed in collaboration with AASHTO, that is geared toward leadership and includes a brochure, talking points, testimonials, and FAQs.
This document presents real-world examples of how State and local traffic managers and demand management professionals can work together and coordinate implementation strategies to proactively manage mobility and reliability concerns under different contexts including: managing demand and traffic during weather events and natural disasters, linking TDM and traffic management as part of transit disruption, incorporating TDM as part of a major road reconstruction project and other high demand situations.
Integrating Reliability into Transportation System Management – New Approaches for Linking Planning & Operations
This report entitled "Integrating Reliability into Transportation System Management" documents a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) project led by the Office of Operations to address the gaps between planning and operations. Its intent was to evolve the state of the practice by building a methodology supported by the data and analysis tools developed under the SHRP2 program. The project was motivated by the need to connect system-level, goal and objective-setting in the transportation planning process and operations planning that occurs among operators. Long-range transportation planning is typically not linked to detailed, tactical operations decisions made at the corridor or network level. A primary objective of this project was to develop and demonstrate a framework or methodology for integrating travel time reliability concepts and analysis in systems management, operations, systems planning, and programming. The project also demonstrated how this framework can be used to connect planning-level reliability goals and objectives to operational objectives and transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) strategies and tactics.
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.