Regional Operations Forums for Advancing Systems Operations, Management, and Reliability

The major objective of the Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP 2) Reliability research is to greatly improve the reliability of highway travel times by reducing the frequency and effects of events that cause travel times to fluctuate unpredictably. The results of the research program should help local, state, and national agencies reduce travel time variability for travelers and shippers. The Reliability research plan addresses both recurring and nonrecurring congestion with an emphasis on nonrecurring congestion. The following seven potential sources of unreliable travel times (i.e., events that cause variable travel times) were identified: traffic incidents, work zones, demand fluctuations, special events, traffic control devices, weather, and inadequate base capacity. The Reliability focus area targets travel time variation--that frustrating characteristic of the transportation system that means you must allow an hour to make a trip that normally takes 30 minutes. Not only is reliability an important component for travelers and shippers, it is also an area of the congestion problem in which transportation agencies can make significant gains even as travel demand grows. The seven sources of unreliability account for approximately half of the total delay. Reducing reliability-related delay will also result in fewer crashes, reduced vehicle emissions and fuel use, and other benefits. These benefits can be realized through a mix of leading-edge research into a better understanding of strategies and their consequences, new technology and practices, and reducing institutional barriers so that our existing knowledge can be more fully exploited. Project L36 "Regional Operations Forums for Advancing Systems Operations, Management and Reliability" is expected to advance transportation system operations and management (SO&M), and serve as a platform for mainstreaming SHRP 2 Reliability research into an operations forum concept. The curriculum offered through the regional forums will provide pertinent education and training on business processes, organizational capabilities, operations and planning, design, technical, and analytical projects to all transportation agencies. Throughout this project, the L36 contractor should work closely with the SHRP 2 L36 project team consisting of the SHRP 2 staff and the L36 Technical Expert Task Group (TETG) along with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and other public sector and industry representatives. It is mandatory that the L36 contractor coordinate with other SHRP 2 Travel Time Reliability Research project efforts as those projects are developed and deployed so that the research results can be incorporated into the curriculum as appropriate. Project L36 project has the following objectives: (1) To design a curriculum for the regional operations forums (ROFs) based on a comprehensive review of available and anticipated research results of the SHRP 2 Reliability program and other information available from SO&M resources including federal, state, and local initiatives. The curriculum could use as a starting point the syllabus of existing SO&M educational and outreach programs, including those of the Operations Academy™. (2) To pilot test the curriculum developed in this project in such a manner that the currently available SHRP 2 research results and future /anticipated research outcomes are incorporated into the curriculum as they become available and the pilot test is adjusted accordingly. The piloting process will include both curriculum delivery and ongoing evaluation of its effectiveness. The required modifications will be made on a continuing basis as the research outcomes are available. (3) To develop a sustainable business model for the ROF beyond SHRP2.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project L36

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Strategic Highway Research Program 2

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

    Hessian, Ralph

    Pedersen, Neil

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Maryland, College Park

    College Park, MD  United States  20742
  • Start Date: 20121130
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20141129
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37854

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  • Accession Number: 01545058
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project L36
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 25 2014 1:01AM