The National Academies

NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 51-15 [New]

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

  Project Data
Funds: $45,000
Staff Responsibility: Tanya Zwahlen
Fiscal Year: 2019

Preliminary Scope

Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) is a set of strategies that focus on operational improvements that can maintain and even restore the performance of the existing transportation system before extra capacity is needed. The goal of TSMO is to get the most performance out of existing transportation facilities. This requires knowledge, skills, and techniques to administer comprehensive solutions that can be quickly implemented at relatively low cost. TSMO may enable transportation agencies to stretch their funding to benefit more areas and customers. It can also help agencies balance supply and demand and provide flexible solutions to match changing conditions.

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

The objective of this synthesis is to document the key components of state DOT statewide strategic and localized program TSMO plans.

Information to be gathered will include but not be limited to:
• Whether or not state DOT TSMO plans are localized or statewide strategic plans
• Key components of DOT TSMO plans
• When DOT TSMO program plans were adopted and how they have been implemented
• How TSMO plans were rolled out (e.g. outreach, training)
• Experiences with plan rollout and implementation
• Identification of completed action items (e.g. service layer development, updated ITS architecture, etc.)
• Plans for future action items
• Impacts from plan implementation, where relevant
• Benefits documented of TSMO programs by state DOTs

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: TBD


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