The National Academies

NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 51-15 [Active (Synthesis)]

State DOT Practice for Developing and Implementing TSMO Plans
[ NCHRP 20-05 (Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $45,000
Authorization to Begin Work: 5/1/2019 -- estimated
Staff Responsibility: Tanya Zwahlen
Research Agency: Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Principal Investigator: Beverly Kuhn
Effective Date: 9/26/2019
Fiscal Year: 2019

Final Scope

Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) is a set of strategies that focus on operational improvements that can optimize the safety and reliability of the transportation system. This requires organizational and institutional strategies to administer comprehensive solutions that can be quickly implemented at a relatively lower cost compared to capital expansion. TSMO may enable transportation agencies to maximize the benefits of available resources.


TSMO strategic and planning documents have rapidly emerged as a tool for state departments of transportation (DOTs) and partners.  With the acceleration of this trend, more DOTs are in need of information and guidance on developing statewide and regional TSMO plans.


The objective of this synthesis is to document practices for the development and implementation of state DOT statewide and regional TSMO plans.


Information to be gathered will include but not be limited to:  

·         Whether or not state TSMO plans are regional and/or statewide strategic plans

·         How TSMO plans were developed

·         How TSMO plans were implemented

·         How do TSMO plans align with other DOT plans

·         Who led the effort to TSMO develop plans and what stakeholders were involved

·         Key components of TSMO plans

·         When were TSMO plans adopted and how have TSMO plans evolved

·         Methods for monitoring the implementation of TSMO plans

·         Approaches to updating and/or maintaining TSMO plans

·         Impacts and benefits from plan implementation

·         Challenges and lessons learned from plan development and implementation


Information will be collected through literature review, survey of DOTs, and follow-up interviews with selected agencies for the development of case examples.  Information gaps and suggestions for research to address those gaps will be identified.


Topic Panel

Steven J. Cook, Michigan DOT

Santiago Cruz-Roveda, California DOT

David L. Huft, South Dakota DOT

Nikola Ivanov, Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory, University of Maryland

Jessie Xu Jones, Arkansas DOT

Randy Knapik, IBI Group

Douglas Mark Tomlinson, Pennsylvania DOT

Joseph Gregory, Federal Highway Administration

Richard A. Cunard, Transportation Research Board


TRB Staff
Christopher Dunne


First meeting: September 26, 2019, Washington, DC 
Teleconference: TBD
Second meeting: June 24, 2020

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