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Regional Traffic Signal Operations Programs

Regional Traffic Signal Operations Programs (RTSOPs) are programs whereby state and local agencies work collaboratively to address issues relevant to traffic signal management and operations within a region. RTSOPs may be organized formally or informally and adopt an organizational structure and engage in activities that are relevant to the needs of the region to address mobility issues on arterial street networks. A typical element of RTSOPs is providing resources both monetary and technical to coordinate the operation of traffic signals on arterial roadways that cross jurisdictional boundaries.

RTSOPS offer an opportunity to provide consistency in management and operations practices by leveraging expertise and creating a forum to discuss technical issues and provide support for agencies throughout the region. Several RTSOPs have recognized an increase in funding to support both agency and regional traffic management and operations activities and capital improvement projects. By working collaboratively, aligning operations objectives with regional planning objectives, RTSOPs are able to compete more effectively for limited transportation funding.

Several regions have demonstrated an ability to improve traffic signal management and operations through objective and performance oriented strategies and activities. The links below highlight several RTSOPs.

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