a collage of eight photos showing a stakeholder meeting, people boarding a bus, a changeable message sign displaying the message race traffic, cars traversing a roadway where barricades delineate travel lanes, a closed-circuit television camera, a crowd of people standing near a train and traversing a pedestrian overpass, two implementation plans, and three traffic management team personnel gathered around a laptop computer

Managing Travel for Planned Special Events


This study represents a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) TMC Pooled-Fund Study (TMC PFS) project. Jon Obenberger, FHWA Operations Office of Transportation Management, served as the Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative. Dottie Shoup, Nebraska Department of Roads, was the project champion. URS Corporation, particularly Jeffrey Benson, Jim Huffstetler, and Ming-Shiun Li, assisted the project team by providing technical guidance, project support, and review of project deliverables. The assistance of these individuals is both recognized and appreciated.

In addition, the authors would like to express appreciation to the very many transportation professionals who contributed to the project by responding to requests for information. Special recognition is given to Mark Newland and Jay Wasson of the Indiana Department of Transportation for hosting a visit by the writing team during the 2002 Brickyard 400. The following agencies and universities contributed valuable information and data in support of this project:

  • Caltrans
  • City of Anaheim (CA) Traffic and Transportation
  • City and County of Denver (CO) Traffic Engineering Services
  • City of Daytona Beach (FL) Traffic Engineering
  • City of Toronto (Canada) Transportation Services
  • City of Wichita (KS) Engineering
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • Indiana Department of Transportation
  • Kansas Department of Transportation
  • Montana State University
  • New Jersey Department of Transportation
  • New South Wales (Australia) Roads and Traffic Authority
  • New York State Department of Transportation
  • New York State Police
  • Road Commission for Oakland County (MI)
  • University of South Florida
  • Utah Department of Transportation
  • West Virginia University
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation