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FHWA Publishes Proposed Freight and System Performance Measure Rules

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration today published a rulemaking that proposes new performance measures to assess system performance, freight movement, and the CMAQ program. The proposed regulation calls for an increased level of transparency and accountability in establishing and achieving targets for performance impacting commuters and truck drivers.

National Symposium on Work Zones and Large Trucks

The National Symposium on Work Zones and Large Trucks was held as a one-day event at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida, on April 13, 2015. The objective of the symposium was to exchange experiences and identify solutions to further improve large truck safety and mobility in and around work zones.

Part-Time Shoulder Use Guide

The FHWA Office of Operations has developed a guide to assist agencies in planning, designing, implementing, and operating part-time shoulder use strategies that can be used to relieve congested bottlenecks and improve traffic flow and congestion related crashes. The guide was developed based on interviews with agencies that have deployed shoulder use treatments, interviews with various FHWA subject matter experts, and research on relevant safety and operations effects and analytical techniques. This guide outlines a process and covers a range of topics that will help agencies evaluate or advance shoulder use concepts in their states or regions in a more consistent manner.

Road Weather Management Performance Measures: 2015 Update

This report explains and summarizes the results of survey, data collection and analyses conducted in 2015 to quantify the performance measures and indicators used to evaluate road weather management programs and practices in the country. It also updates the assessment made in 2013.

Business Process Frameworks for Transportation Operations

The FHWA Office of Operations led the development of six Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSM&O) capability maturity frameworks (CMF) which build upon the TSM&O Capability Maturity Model developed under SHRP2 and incorporated into the AASHTO Systems Operations and Management Guidance. The six CMF's provide focused assessment and suggested actions in each of the following operations program areas: Traffic Management, Traffic Incident Management, Planned Special Events, Work Zone Management, Road Weather Management, and Traffic Signal Control.

Climate Change Adaptation Guide for Transportation Systems Management, Operations, and Maintenance

This guide provides information and resources to help transportation management, operations, maintenance and emergency management staff incorporate climate change into their planning and ongoing activities.

Advancing Transportation Systems Management and Operations Through Scenario Planning

The intent of this primer is to inform planners, operators, and other transportation systems management and operations (TSM&O) partners on the potential use of scenario planning to advance TSM&O. (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-16-016)

Congestion Pricing - A Primer: Evolution of Second Generation Pricing Projects

This primer explores the evolution of first-generation pricing strategies into more complex express toll lanes using new or expanded capacity.

Measuring the Impacts of Freight Transportation Improvements on the Economy and Competitiveness

FHWA's Office of Freight Management and Operations (HOFM) is working to develop resources to support States and MPOs in understanding freight and its relationship to U.S. economic competitive and cost. This will help them to better articulate how freight investments and projects impact the economy and to improve project and plan evaluation. While much more work needs to be done in this area of economics, this resource provides guidance, methodology, descriptions of resources and considerations for the effective application of economic analysis for freight. (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-15-034)

Freight Performance Measure Approaches for Bottlenecks, Arterials, and Linking Volumes to Congestion Report

FHWA's Office of Freight Management and Operations (HOFM) releases this work on approaches to understanding freight bottlenecks to support national, State and MPO freight analysis and planning. This is important because identifying bottlenecks and assessing magnitude of impact helps to identify which bottlenecks need to prioritized for capital or operational improvements. This work evaluates various approaches to understanding bottlenecks and provides guidance on methods to best assess freight flow on the NHS while focusing specifically on arterials and also understanding areas of greatest impact by linking volume analysis to bottleneck assessment. (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-15-033)

Traffic Signal Management Plans

An Objectives and Performance based approach for Improving the Design Operations and Maintenance of Traffic Signal Systems provides step-by-step instructions for documenting current activities, relating them to the agency's goals and transportation objectives, and offers a structure that shows how the activities of all staff involved in traffic signal management support those objectives. (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-15-038)

Request for Comments – Future Direction of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices

On December 22, 2015, the FHWA published a Request for Comments (Docket ID: FHWA-2015-0028) in the Federal Register soliciting input on future direction of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Topic areas include target audience and intended user, content and organization, and frequency of MUTCD editions. For your convenience, an electronic spreadsheet file has been posted to the docket for optional use in submitting comments.

Transportation Systems Management and Operations Benefit-Cost Analysis Compendium

The Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Benefit Cost Compendium is a continuation of the series of reference documents and tools developed by the Federal Highway Administration Office of Operations designed to assist planners and operations professionals in evaluating the benefits and costs of TSMO strategies and technologies. The TSMO Compendium is a collection of cases from across the country where benefit-cost analysis (BCA) has been applied to a specific TSMO technology/strategy or group. (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-14-032)

Guidance on Using Traffic Management Centers for Work Zone Management

This document presents guidance for DOTs to consider how Traffic Management Center (TMC) resources (staff, data, and tools) can be used to support all stages of a work zone, providing examples of where these resources are used today. A total of eight strategies are presented for utilizing TMC resources during the four stages of a work zone. Each strategy includes detailed descriptions and examples of use in practice. (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-15-032)

ATDM Planning Brief: ATM Feasibility and Screening Guide

This Informational Brief highlights the objectives of the Active Traffic Management (ATM) Feasibility and Screening Guide, provides a sample of ATM benefits from U.S. deployments, and provides an overview of the recommended steps and activities in conducting ATM feasibility and screening. This Brief is a companion to the ATM Feasibility and Screening Guide, which covers the same concepts as the Brief but in more detail. (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-14-018)

Active Traffic Management Feasibility and Screening Guide

This Guide was developed to assist transportation agencies and planning organizations in making informed investment decisions regarding Active Traffic Management (ATM) by determining the feasibility of ATM strategies before committing significant resources towards any subsequent project development and design activities. The Guide was based on an extensive review of literature coupled with interviews with several practitioners who have been directly involved in the feasibility analyses, design, deployment, and/or operation of ATM strategies. It presents a recommended process for agencies to follow as they consider ATM deployment at the feasibility and screening analyses level. Following the guidance will help practitioners to identify specific roadway segments most suited for ATM and the appropriate strategies, and the expected costs and range of benefits. (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-14-019)

Contemporary Approaches in Congestion Pricing: Lessons Learned from the National Evaluation of Congestion Pricing Strategies at Six Sites

This document represents the final report of the national evaluation of congestion reduction strategies at six sites that received federal funding under the Urban Partnership Agreement (UPA) and Congestion Reduction Demonstration (CRD) programs. The six sites, or "urban partners," were Atlanta, Georgia; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; Minneapolis, Minnesota; San Francisco, California; and Seattle, Washington. Each site implemented a comprehensive policy response to urban congestion that included four essential components known as the "4 Ts": 1) tolling (or congestion pricing), 2) enhanced transit services, 3) telecommuting and other transportation demand management (TDM) strategies, and 4) advanced technology.

Next Generation Traveler Information System: A Five Year Outlook

This report is intended to help agencies plan the next generation traveler information system so that they stay in step with their customers and with transportation network management needs. It provides a current snapshot of status in key areas such as traveler needs, technology trends, and business models. Against this backdrop, the report provides guidance on operational and technical best practices that can be used by public agencies as they develop next generation traveler information systems (NGTIS). These best practices are designed to help agencies optimize their operational approaches to provide travelers with improved functionality and generate desired transportation outcomes. (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-15-029)

Your MUTCD Turns 80!

On November 7, 2015, the 80th birthday of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), and throughout the year when you see an easy-to-read sign, a bright edgeline marking on a foggy night, the countdown timer at a crosswalk, or a well-placed bike lane, take a moment to reflect on the eighty years of progress and innovation that the MUTCD embodies. This progress has resulted in safer, more efficient travel on our Nation's roads. Over the years, the MUTCD has unknowingly become the traveler's best friend and silent companion, guiding us on our way along the streets, bikeways, back roads, and highways. As the direct means of communication with the traveler, traffic control devices speak to us softly, yet effectively and authoritatively. From glass “cat’s-eye” reflectors to glass beads to microprismatic sheeting, nighttime sign visibility has advanced significantly. Active devices at rail crossings save lives by giving us a positive message about train traffic. And countdown timers on pedestrian signals help us cross a busy street. So the next time you hit the pavement, the path, or the pedals, you can be sure that the MUTCD, through our dedicated professionals who make complex decisions on what devices to install, will help you get where you want to go safely, efficiently, and comfortably! The MUTCD…it's all about you!

E-tool for Business Processes to Improve Travel Time Reliability

The second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Reliability Project developed the software titled E-tool for Business Processes to Improve Travel Time Reliability (SHRP-2 LE-34 e-Tool). The Federal Highway Administration supports this E-Tool to assist transportation agencies when evaluating their key business processes to improve travel time reliability.

Ramp Metering: A Proven, Cost-Effective Operational Strategy—A Primer

This primer poses ramp metering as a potential tool to address commonly occurring congestion and safety issues. Despite initial opposition and skepticism from various stakeholders, ramp metering has been deployed, sustained, and even expanded in many regions. This primer incorporates recent research on challenges agencies experience during their attempts to deploy or expand ramp metering in their regions.

Ramp Metering: A Proven, Effective Strategy - An Informational Brief

This Informational Brief highlights ramp metering as a proven, effective strategy for reducing congestion and improving safety. The Brief covers at a high-level the benefits of ramp metering, status of ramp metering deployment in the U.S., keys for successful deployment and operation, and resources for more information. This Brief is a companion to the Ramp Metering Primer, which covers much of the same information as the Brief but in more detail.

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