Support for AASHTO Committees and Councils. Development of a New Transportation System Operations Strategic Plan

The current American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Committee on Transportation System Operations (CTSO) strategic plan (relevant documentations can be found online at: has many goals, each with a series of strategic initiatives and proposed implementation actions that were intended to be updated annually. In the spring and summer of 2020, CTSO’s leadership identified a series of cross-cutting themes: (1) Cooperative Automated Transportation Coalition (CAT)/Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) alignment; (2) Research to build on existing practices; (3) National Operations Center of Excellence's (NOCoE) role to encourage outreach and knowledge transfer; (4) Capture of best practices to benchmark TSMO; (5) The value of Regional Operations Leadership Forum (ROLF) and the Transportation Operations Manual (TOM) as foundational to the TSMO workforce and effective practices; (6) Alignment of TSMO and safety; and (7) The importance freight operations within TSMO. The CTSO’s leadership further challenged its working groups to develop 2020/2021 action plans rather than update its implementation actions within each goal. This thematic approach has made it easier for CTSO working groups to review their portfolio, identify tasks, monitor their progress, and ensure effective collaboration among working groups and other AASHTO committees. AASHTO also released an updated 2021-2026 Strategic Plan ( This has led to a larger conversation about how best CTSO might engage strategically in the future, and what the implications are for its current planning structure and process. AASHTO’s CTSO leadership believe it is important to develop a new strategic plan that reflects the continuing, fast-paced development of the TSMO field and the Committee’s learnings on how best to support these developments. This new approach is not easily supported by the current strategic plan’s structure, hence the need to overhaul rather than simply revise it. This project objectives are to: (1) develop a new, comprehensive 5-year strategic plan for CTSO and (2) develop a multi-year action plan to implement the 5-year strategic plan for CTSO. The strategic plan will build upon the existing plan and should be publication-ready with a purpose statement and a charter.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $225000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-123(18)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Deng, Zuxuan

  • Start Date: 20220902
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01789440
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-123(18)
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 25 2021 12:55PM