Research for AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways. Task 345. Planning for Transportation System Management & Operations

The objectives of this research were to understand the state of the practice in highway and traffic operations program planning and to begin defining alternative approaches to develop and administer these plans. Transportation System Management & Operations (TSM&O or "Operations") activities within state transportation agencies are diverse and encompass functions within traffic engineering, highway maintenance, highway safety, and transportation emergency management business areas. These activities encompass both the planning, deployment, and preservation of transportation operations infrastructure including Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS); and the delivery of highway network operations services such as coordinated traffic incident response. Highway and traffic operations program plans can support coordination across these business areas by: (1) Defining and contextualizing program activities and subprograms; (2) Establishing roles, responsibilities, and strategic relationships; (3) Clarifying program goals, objectives, and performance measures; (4) Determining and prioritizing intended actions to improve program processes, partnerships, and technologies; and (5) Committing specific financial and human resources to implement the intended actions. Highway and traffic operations program plans are not consistently developed, and are variably comprehensive. As a result, highway and traffic operations program plans are typically not readily comparable between states, and usually are not sustained through multiple iterations of program planning. By contrast, Strategic Highway Safety Plans are standardized in general format and content under rather extensive federal and national guidance, and are routinely shared for comparison between states. Strategic Highway Safety Plans are usually updated every one to three years, and are integral to the regular administration of the affected state highway safety program (e.g., organizational structure, staffing approaches, corporate and program budgeting, funding mechanisms and processes, performance measurement and performance management practices). Potential tasks are as follows: (1) Review relevant domestic and international literature, particularly the work done for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on Planning for Operations. (2) Synthesize existing practices within state transportation agencies in the development and application of program plans for operations. (3) Complete case studies of current lead states in operations program planning and operations plan development. Identify best practices and models and critical factors that foster or hinder the development of these plans. (4) Scan and evaluate opportunity state locations for model highway and traffic operations program plan development. (5) Facilitate peer exchange and peer network development between model program plan pilot states. (6) Produce a report recommending key actions and roles at the national level that can support the successful development and administration of state highway and traffic operations program plans.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-07, Task

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

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

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Principal Investigators:

    Baird, Malcolm

  • Start Date: 20131001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37781

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543744
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-07, Task
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 21 2014 1:02AM