Transportation Systems Operations and Management Guide

In their 2005 Strategic Plan, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) set the following objectives (among others): (1) Develop customer-driven delivery models in the areas of system operation and management; (2) Establish transportation as a vital element of national security; (3) Increase mobility by encouraging multimodal and intermodal solutions, policies, and technologies; (4) Establish safety as a national priority; and (5) Develop centers of excellence in safety, operations, finance, and freight. Integral to all of these objectives is the need for transportation agencies to proactively manage and operate the transportation system in order to achieve a wide range of system goals. These goals go beyond congestion relief to encompass safety, freight movement, transportation security, and reliability of system performance. System management and operations is vital to sustaining the value to the public of investments in the transportation system and meeting public expectations. The AASHTO Publication "The 21st Century Operations-Oriented State DOT" presents a vision of how state department of transportation (DOTs) can address transportation system management and operations and the characteristics of a comprehensive program for managing and operating the system. The major barriers to achieving this vision are institutional and there are additional barriers external to the DOT. Research is needed to help a state DOT determine how proactively they should manage and operate the multimodal transportation system, often in collaboration with other agencies, and then chart a course to deal with the constraints they face. Such research would also help them continuously improve their core business practice of transportation system management and operations as customer expectations and new capabilities evolve. The objective of this research is to create a strategic guide to developing, evolving, and sustaining transportation system management and operations as a core business practice of state DOTs. This core business practice should be enabled by institutional mechanisms such as organizational structure, resource and workforce management, change management, and system performance monitoring. The guide should be suitable for publication by AASHTO.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $400000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 3-94

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Derr, B

  • Performing Organizations:

    PB Consult, Incorporated

  • Principal Investigators:

    Lockwood, Stephen

  • Start Date: 20090220
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20101219
  • Source Data: RiP Project 19125

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464378
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 3-94
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:41PM