Operations Academy

Operation of the transportation system is a growing priority for many state DOTs. However, states DOTs are finding a shortage of management and technical staff with appropriate skills and understanding to lead new operations programs. Operations combines elements of numerous disciplines--traffic engineering, intelligent transportation systems, maintenance, emergency operations/incident management, performance measurement, and planning--into an overall approach for increasing the efficiency and safety of the transportation system. Although training exists at the university level and for individual disciplines, there are no training programs for current professionals that address and combine into a single package the breadth of skills needed for operations. This research proposes creation of an operations training academy to address this problem. This research will create a sustainable transportation operations training academy for state DOT professionals. The training academy is intended to be an intensive and rigorous program that includes testing and certification of participants. The resultant training academy would be administered long-term through AASHTO in partnership with the performing institution, and would be sustained through participant charges. This project will include scoping, content development, and piloting of the training academy. The following steps are recommended for this project: (1) Convene a panel of state DOT operations directors and professionals to guide course development. (2) Perform background research (possibly including a survey of state DOT operations managers) to help determine the target audience and to assess and prioritize skill sets that should be included in the training academy. (3) Recommend alternative plans for the training academy, including delivery format and content. These may include multiple or a combination of delivery formats. Assess ongoing delivery costs and submit plan for sustaining any options proposed beyond the pilot. (4) Convene panel to select training approach and content. (5) Develop training content. (6) Deliver pilot training academy. (7) Assess the pilot. (8) Work with AASHTO to develop a business plan for ongoing delivery of the training. It is recommended that this project be administered through AASHTO and that the resultant academy be considered an AASHTO operations training academy. The state DOTs' endorsement through AASHTO will be important for the ultimate success of the academy. In addition, AASHTO, in partnership with the performing institution, will be able to support and sustain the academy beyond the life of the project. AASHTO performs this role with a number of other training programs, most notably the National Transportation Leadership Institute and the New CEO Training.


  • English


  • Status: Proposed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-77

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC    20001

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Derr, B

  • Start Date: 20060504
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11835

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01458446
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-77
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 12:43PM