Appendix A: M&O in the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Process - Getting Started
- Making the case to MPO decisionmakers (see Appendix B for further discussion)
- Identify the key regional challenges (e.g., congestion)
- Identify the constraints (e.g., funding, environmental) on traditional capital investment
- Gain policy agreement on pursuing M&O options for MTP and TIP
- Developing internal MPO leadership and advocacy for M&O
- Design a structure appropriate to your MPO that establishes advocacy within the decision making process (e.g., an M&O Policy Committee and/or an M&O Technical Committee)
- Ensure the full range of necessary stakeholders are at the table and invested in the effort
- Develop a mechanism to allow for continual participation in the iterative process, which can help institutionalize the consideration of M&O
- Gaining regional participation in integrating M&O into planning
- Coordinate with transportation operators in the region to develop an M&O subcommittee or group that will build consensus on the direction for operations in the region
- Utilize regional actors to obtain operations data to support development and evaluation of M&O strategies in order to identify what data is currently being collected in the region and what data collection devices are available
- Incorporating M&O into regional transportation goals and objectives
- Engage key operations participants in the region in developing the regional goals and objectives during the MTP process, including State DOT, local DOT, transit, public safety, etc.
- Ensure objectives meet the "SMART" criteria: specific, measurable, agreed-upon, realistic, and time-sensitive
- Include measurements of actual system performance, like travel time, reliability, and incidence of non-recurring congestion, in the planning process to inform decision-making
- Incorporating M&O objectives-based performance measurement into the planning process
- Conduct assessment of operations data collection
- Decide on operations objectives through the regional M&O group based on current data availability
- Develop procedures for measuring performance
- Utilize the CMP, if applicable to your MPO, to inform performance measurement
- Identify strategies for achieving operations objectives and include objectives in long-range plan
- Evaluate regional progress towards M&O goals and objectives
- Collect baseline data for new objectives.
- Identify and use tools to evaluate the impacts of operations improvements.
- Develop a method to allocate funding to M&O projects. This may be done by competing M&O projects against all other types of projects or the M&O projects may compete against each other for funding allocated through a line item reserved for M&O projects.
- Be sure to include discussion of M&O strategies that are funded by state, regional and local transportation agencies, even without use of Federal funding, in the MTP.