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Freeway Management

  1. 1. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations Program Goals, Measures & Thresholds TMC PFS Meeting Jon Obenberger June 4, 2003
  2. 2. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations2 Freeway Management & Traffic Operations: Primary Program Products: • Freeway Management & Operations Handbook (Update as needed ~ 5 years) • State-of-Practice Paper (Update as needed ~ 2 years) • Program Performance Measures White Paper (Update as needed ~ 2 years) • ITS Deployment Tracking Survey Results & Trends in Practice (Update as needed ~ 2 years) • Traffic Management Toolbox Cd-rom (Updated annually) • Roadmap of Program & Proposed Initiatives (Annually) • Legislation, Regulations & Policies • Technology Outreach & Awareness (e.g., web sites)
  3. 3. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations3 Freeway Management Handbook: Intended Audience: • Professionals involved with or responsible for any phase in life cycle of freeway network Purpose: • Provide understanding of potential strategies, tools & technologies that may be used to support the management & operation of freeway network Current Draft: http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/Travel/traffic/
  4. 4. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations4 Freeway Management Handbook: Chapters: • Freeway Management & Operation of Surface Transportation Network • Performance Monitoring & Evaluation • Freeway & Traffic Operations Programs • Roadway Improvement Projects • Roadway Operational Improvements • Ramp Management & Control • Managed Lanes • HOV Systems
  5. 5. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations5 Freeway Management Handbook: (Cont.) Chapters: • Traffic Incident Management (Handbook) • Planned Special Event Management (Handbook) • Emergency & Evacuation Management • Information Dissemination • Transportation Management Systems • Detection & Surveillance (Handbook plus) • Regional Information Sharing & Integration • Communications
  6. 6. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations6 Inventory Current Practices & Trends : ITS Deployment: Top-78 metro areas, statewide, 30 mid-sized areas & sampling – Web access to survey results & information – White paper report summarizing results & trends – Basis for reporting progress on achieving program performance measures & thresholds Planning & Outreach for Specific Initiatives: – Managed lanes – Corridor Traffic Management – Planned Special Events – Feedback From Specific Projects
  7. 7. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations7 Current State-of-Practice, Trends & Needs: Highway Traffic Operations & Freeway Management: State-of-practice “White Paper”: Purpose: Summarizes the state-of-the-practice and state- of-the-art nationally associated with the operation and proactive management of traffic on freeway facilities Input: Planning for future federal activities Focus: managing & operating freeways, expressways, & toll roads. Its primary intended audiences are: Intended Audience: traffic operations managers & people who directly support them
  8. 8. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations8 State-of-practice White Paper: (Cont.) Relationship to Program: • Inter-related to & companion document w/ Freeway Management & Operations Handbook • Planning for future federal activities Intended Use by Public Agencies: – Assess current traffic operations program, management systems & how they manage & operate freeway facilities – Compare current practices to state-of-practice & state-of-art nationally – Develop ideas, initiatives, & plan to improve upon current practices & move toward recommended national practices
  9. 9. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations9 State-of-practice White Paper: (Cont.) Report Overview: • Background: – Institutional Arrangement – Organizational Aspects – System Functions – Benefits • State-of-Practice (Institut., Organizational, Technical) • State-of-Art • Gaps Between SOP & SOA • Recommended Actions: Research, Technical Guidance, Best Practices, Training, & Outreach
  10. 10. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations10 FHWA: Freeway Management & Traffic Operations Program Area Initiatives: • TMCs • Freeway Management & Operations • Managed Lanes • Planned Special Events • Corridor Traffic Management & Control • HOV Systems • Technology Transfer
  11. 11. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations11 Possible Goals, Measures & Targets: Current Status & Next Steps: • Develop goals & performance measures • Verify & revise data from surveys • Trends w/ performance measures & draft targets for measures • Draft white paper • Outreach, review & feedback on white paper draft(s) • Final white paper submitted – end of July
  12. 12. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations12 Possible Goals, Measures & Targets: Goal 1: TMCs actively monitoring traffic & roadway conditions within top XXX metropolitan areas & statewide in XXX States • Measure 1: TMCs deployed, monitoring roadway & traffic conditions & proactively managing traffic on freeway facilities w/in top XXX metropolitan areas • Measure 2: TMCs deployed, monitoring roadway & coordinating in response to traffic conditions & proactively managing traffic on freeway facilities statewide in XXX states
  13. 13. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations13 Possible Goals, Measures & Targets: (Cont.) Goal 1: (Cont.) • Measure 3: XXX Freeway miles where traffic data is being collected & monitored in real-time – % of freeway miles in metro areas? – % of freeway miles in state? • Measures 4: XXX TMCs archiving & reporting on freeway traffic conditions & performance – # of TMCs? – # of statewide TMCs
  14. 14. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations14 Possible Goals, Measures & Targets: (Cont.) Goal 2: XXX TMCs proactively managing & controlling traffic on freeway facilities • Measure 1: Freeway miles with real-time surveillance to manage and control traffic – # of TMCs? # of Metro Areas? • Measure 2: Freeway miles operating under various lane management operational strategies – # of TMCs? # of Metro Areas? • Measure 3: Freeway miles operating under access control or ramp metering control strategies – # of TMCs? # of Metro Areas?
  15. 15. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations15 Possible Goals, Measures & Targets: (Cont.) Goal 3: XXX TMCs coordinating & sharing information in real-time between public safety interests & traffic signal control systems • Measure 1: TMCs coordinating, sharing information & control in real-time w/ traffic signal control systems in response to changing roadway & traffic conditions – # of TMCs? # of Metro Areas? – 1, 2 or 3 capabilities? • Measure 2: TMCs coordinating & sharing information in real-time between public safety interests in response to changing roadway & traffic conditions – # of TMCs? # of Metro Areas? – Coordinating? Coordinating & Sharing?
  16. 16. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations16 Possible Goals, Measures & Targets: (Cont.) Goal 3: (Cont.) • Measure 3: XXX TMCs w/ responsibility to coordinate & share information w/ other TMCs in real-time based on changing roadway & traffic conditions within state – # of TMCs? # of States? – Coordinate & Share Information Only?
  17. 17. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations17 Possible Goals, Measures & Targets: (Cont.) Goal 4: Agencies proactively managing & controlling traffic within urban freeway corridors • Measure 1: XXX freeways w/ established agreements & operational procedures documented to manage & control traffic in real-time w/in urban corridors – # of freeway miles? % of freeway miles w/in metro area? % of urban corridors w/in urban areas? – Need for rural corridors? Statewide measure needed? Measure 2: XXX freeways w/ interfaces developed between TMCs & traffic signal control systems to manage & control traffic in real-time w/ urban corridors – # or % of freeway miles w/in metro area? – % of urban corridors?
  18. 18. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations18 Possible Goals, Measures & Targets: (Cont.) Goal 4: (Cont.) • Measure 3: XXX freeway where operational strategies & control plans developed, documented & proactively being used in real-time to control traffic on & between freeways & surface streets w/in urban corridors – # or % of freeway miles w/in metro area? – % of urban corridors?
  19. 19. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations19 Possible Goals, Measures & Targets: (Cont.) Goal 5: Proactively managing & coordinating traffic control activities for planned special events • Measure 1: XXX metropolitan areas with a multi- agency traffic management plan, team, procedures, & control plans being applied for at least 1 specific planned special event – # of events? # of new? – # of characteristics?
  20. 20. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations20 Possible Goals, Measures & Targets: (Cont.) Goal 5: (Cont.) • Measure 2: XXX metropolitan areas w/ multi-agency initiative focusing on continuously improving the management & control of traffic for all planned special events that may occur w/in region – # of events? # of new? – # of characteristics?
  21. 21. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations21 Goals & Perf. Measures: White Paper • Purpose: – Context & justification for established perf. measures & targets – Facilitate review, comments & buy-in from stakeholders • Key issues to address: – FM & O overview, background, objectives & measures – FM & O program goals, performance measures, & indicators – Relationship & synergy w/: congestion vital few objectives, ITS Deployment & Integration Programs, & FHWA strategic plan (e.g., goals, objectives, measures, etc.) – Measuring & tracking data & performance measures – Survey & sampling – Baseline & trends – Proposed PM & target values
  22. 22. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations22 EXAMPLE: Goal 1: Deployment & Operation of TMCs • Measure 1: TMCs managing & controlling traffic Indicator 2000 2002 Project 2008 Target 2008 Top 78 Metro Areas w/ TMCs 56 59 73 78 *** # TMCs in Top 78 Metro Areas 84 86 101 N.A. # of Metro Areas w/ TMCs - 71 89 100 Total # of TMC in US - 125 149 170
  23. 23. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations23 ITS Integration Program: FM Indicators Regional Multimodal Traveler Information Incident Management Arterial Management HIghway Rail Intersections Emergency Management Freeway Management Transit Management Electronic Toll Collection Electronic Fare Payment 25 2728 19 26 21 b 17 14 a 14 b 20 9 15 b 15 a 12 10 22 24 7 21 a 23 3 2 16 b 16 a 11 8 13 1 6 4 5 18 29 30 Traffic Management Integration Links Traveler Informaiton Integration Links Transit Management Integration Links Emergency Response Integration Links
  24. 24. Freeway Management & Traffic Operations24 Goal X: Measure X: HOV facilities in operation Current & Planned HOV Facilities in Operation:

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