Planning and Evaluating Active Traffic Management Strategies

The objective of this research is to complete the work begun in NCHRP Project 03-114 to develop a guide to planning and evaluating active traffic management for recurrent and nonrecurrent conditions. The guide should be useful to local and state transportation agencies (including transit and metropolitan planning organizations) in: (1) Identifying conditions that make a corridor a good candidate for the implementation of ATM. (2) Helping the agency develop performance goals for the corridor (including the selection of appropriate performance measures). These performance goals should address safety, congestion, and travel time reliability for all users of the corridor. For transit and freight, consideration should be given to using performance measures and goals different than those for passenger vehicles. (3) Identifying the ATM strategies that are likely to contribute to meeting those performance goals across the full range of operating conditions for that corridor (e.g., incidents, special events, evacuation). (4) Selecting deterministic, simulation, and/or other analysis tools suitable for evaluating the likely impacts of a planned installation, conducting scenario planning, analyzing the system performance in real-time, and conducting after-action evaluations. Tools should be (1) configurable for local conditions, (2) effective for oversaturated conditions (including the analysis of bottleneck migration), and (3) able to assess the effect of the deployment of multiple strategies, either incrementally or all-at-once. Qualitative and other alternative approaches should be included to overcome data, staff expertise, and other constraints. (5) Using performance data (field data, probe data, or synthetic) for activities such as real-time system monitoring and operations, agency dashboard, performance trend analysis, and performance-based planning to support ATM deployment. (6) Developing a budget and staffing plan for installing, operating, and maintaining the system. (7) Demonstrating to senior management, elected officials, and the public the value of the selected ATM strategies for that corridor. (8) Identifying and addressing institutional and other barriers associated with the deployment, maintenance, and operation of ATM strategies.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $334796
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 03-114(01)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    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
  • Project Managers:

    Derr, B

  • Start Date: 20210824
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230824
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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  • Accession Number: 01778587
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 03-114(01)
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 2 2021 3:16PM