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