The National Academies

NCHRP 03-126 [Active]

Transportation Operations Manual

  Project Data
Funds: $749,964
All other terms and conditions remain in full force and effect. The total Task Order is increased by $249,996 from 20-123(15). The total Task Order cost is changed from $499,968 to $749,964.
Staff Responsibility: Zuxuan Deng
Research Agency: WSP USA
Principal Investigator: Les Jacobson
Effective Date: 8/2/2019
Completion Date: 11/2/2022


The objective of this research is to develop the first edition of a “Transportation Operations Manual,” for publication by AASHTO under the auspices of the TSO Committee. The manual should be an authoritative companion to the AASHTO Green Book and should take a holistic view of the operation and management of the transportation system, both in urban and rural settings and for people and goods. The primary audiences will be staff at state, regional, and local transportation agencies.


Most of the content for the manual has been developed and undergone an initial review. The Contractor's Literature Review is available, though it is not an official publication of TRB or the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.


Task 0. Project Management

Task 1. Participate in the AASHTO Committee on Transportation Systems Operations (CTSO) Meeting

Task 2. Update the research plan and manual outline.

Task 3. Conduct a literature review and analysis of existing guidance and other state of the practice documentation.

Task 4. Engage external stakeholders to advance interest in the manual and to ensure it meets the needs and expectations of a variety of stakeholders.

Task 5. Prepare a communications plan to promote awareness of the manual and help it gain credibility, acceptance, and use.

Task 6. Prepare content for the Transportation Operations Manual based upon the outline prepared in Task 2.

Task 7. Format the Transportation Operations Manual to enhance the user experience and adoption rate as well as make future updates easier.

Task 8. Facilitate review of the draft Transportation Operations Manual by the panel and other stakeholders.

Task 9. Develop a roadmap for updating and hosting the Transportation Operations Manual, as well as maintaining compatibility with other standards.

Task 10. Produce the final version of the Transportation Operations Manual suitable for the AASHTO balloting process. The deliverables will also include a final report documenting the work done and a technical memorandum entitled “Implementation of Research Findings and Products.”

Task 11. Conduct a thorough review of the Transportation Operations Manual regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. Revise the manual and incorporate new material as needed.

Task 12. Review the National Operations Center of Excellence case studies and prepare a plan for reorganizing them to align with the Transportation Operations Manual organization.

Task 13. Provide support for AASHTO leading up to and during the balloting process by collating comments, facilitating deliberation by the AASHTO Committee on Transportation System Operations, and revising the Manual content as appropriate. Provide publication support to AASHTO.

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