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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.

New Guidance for Conducting Effective Work Zone Process

This document shares good practices and methods that agencies have found worthwhile in conducting their process reviews. The goal is that this focused information will lead to more consistent and targeted improvements in agency work zone policies and procedures. This document includes tips for success in work zone process reviews, effective use of data and performance measures in process reviews, and insight for connecting process reviews with other work zone safety and mobility improvement efforts. (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-15-013)

Traffic Incident Management Gap Analysis Primer

The recommendations contained in the Traffic Incident Management Gap Analysis Primer allow that they may be tailored towards the needs of the area in which the Traffic Incident Management program will be implemented.

Improving Transportation Systems Management and Operations – Capability Maturity Model Workshop White Papers

These white papers focuses on the six critical dimensions of capability identified in the SHRP2 research as necessary to support effective Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSM&O). They summarize the TSM&O state-of-the-practice in each dimension based on the workshops and subsequent implementation plans developed at 23 sites selected by FHWA and AASHTO as part of the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Implementation Assistance Program.

Incorporating Travel-Time Reliability into the Congestion Management Process (CMP): A Primer

The Incorporating Travel-Time Reliability into the Congestion Management Process (CMP): A Primer provides guidance and potential opportunities for using products developed through the SHRP 2 Reliability focus area. The Primer has been developed, in part, to support and advance the Congestion Management Process (CMP) and the Planning for Operations program as part of the metropolitan transportation planning process. (Publication number: FHWA-HOP-14-034)

Citizen Reporting of Current Road Conditions

The Citizen Reporting of Current Road Conditions best practices document reviews, compares, and contrasts citizen reporting programs that capture current weather and road conditions at five state departments of transportation - Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Iowa, and Minnesota.

Urban Congestion Trend Reports for 2013 and 2014 Available

The 2013 and 2014 Urban Congestion Trend annual reports are available, providing annual congestion and reliability measure trend information as well as highlighting evaluations of successful operations strategies.

Urban Congestion Reports for October-December 2014 and January-March 2015 Available

The Urban Congestion Report (UCR) program has been restarted using travel time data from the National Performance Management Research Data Set (NPMRDS) to develop congestion and reliability measures in the 52 largest (by population) urban areas in the United States. Quarterly UCR reports, which compare quarterly measures with those from the prior year, are available for October-December 2014 and January-March 2015.

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.

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.

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