Development of an AASHTO Guide for Systems Operations and Management

<div><font size="3">Systems operations and management is becoming recognized as a discipline focused on maximizing the efficiency and safety of the transportation network. It requires attention from and coordination of many functions in a state's department of transportation (DOT), including traffic engineering, maintenance, ITS, safety, planning, design, operations, construction, and sustainability. The AASHTO Highway Subcommittee on Systems Operations and Management has defined systems operations and management as "an integrated program designed to make the best use of existing highway infrastructure through provision of systems and services that preserve and improve performance." Some activities that are typically included within this definition are routine traffic operations, planned and unplanned event management (e.g., traffic incidents, special events, weather-related incidents, natural disasters, terrorism), network and facility management, construction and maintenance work zone operations, regulatory and enforcement streamlining, multimodal traveler and freight information, and cooperation and coordination with other modes and jurisdictions. </font><font size="3">Transportation professionals today are responsible for the construction, operation, management, and maintenance of a transportation system that is safe and reliable for customers. Improved operation of the highway network is the most effective approach to confronting the transportation challenges of the 21st century. Technology improvements, such as intelligent transportation systems (ITS), provide us with new and better tools to make the most of the available roads and their capacity. Achieving an image for a 21st century transportation system involves applying practical and hands-on management techniques in a variety of application areas, and changing our institutional arrangements to better serve the users of the system. </font><font size="3">NCHRP Project 20-7/Task 238 explored the need for an AASHTO Guide to Systems Operation and Management. Twenty-four representatives of state DOTs were interviewed and all but two of the interviewees responded that they would use an AASHTO Guide for Systems Operations and Management. General comments were that the guide would be used as a reference to establish best practices and performance measures. Also mentioned was that the guide would be helpful in developing standard procedures and practices in implementing management and operations strategies nationwide. A draft table of contents for the proposed guide was developed in the course of the work. </font><font size="3">The objective of this project is to develop a practical guide that assists state and large local transportation agencies to provide a better level of service through improved systems operations and management. The ultimate goal of this guide is to encourage and promote the safe and efficient management and operations of integrated, intermodal surface transportation systems to serve the mobility needs of people and support economic growth and development.</font></div><div><br /></div>


  • English


  • Status: Proposed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 3-94

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

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

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Derr, B

  • Start Date: 20080316
  • Source Data: RiP Project 17860

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464494
  • 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 2:43PM