Office of Operations
21st Century Operations Using 21st Century Technologies

Current Program Activities Report

October 2013

This report has been updated and summarizes recent activity of selected programs within the Office of Operations. The revisions reflect program titles that are consistent throughout the Office of Operations. For additional information about these or other activities, contact the program manager noted in each section. Additionally, more information may be available on the Office of Operations' Web site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov. This report will be updated quarterly.

A listing of the Office of Operations' publications is listed under their respective program at: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/publications.htm.

Table of Contents

Programs

MAP-21 Addendum

SAFETEA-LU Addendum


Office of Operations Program Activities Report

Access Management

Web Site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/access_mgmt

Access Management Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services
Access Management is no longer a fully developed program within the Office of Operations. However, we remain engaged at the national level through continued participation on national committees and panels, such as the TRB Access Management Committee, and National Cooperative Highway Research Program panels as they relate to this topic. Neil Spiller Ongoing Empty Cell

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Active Traffic Management and Managing Travel Demand

Web Site: Not Available

Active Traffic Management and Managing Travel Demand Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services
Active Transportation and Demand Management (ATDM) Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation (AMS) Concept of Operations, Capability Assessment, and Analysis Plan Reports — These reports are foundational research that will be building blocks for the AMS Simulation Testbed work. James Colyar October 2013 Publication — Research
ATDM-DMA AMS Testbed Planning - Requirements, Framework, Evaluation Plans, and Testbed Screening — This builds off of the ATDM AMS foundational research and combines the analytical requirements of the Dynamic Mobility Applications (DMA) Program as well. James Colyar October 2013 Publication — Research
ATDM Highway Capacity Manual Analysis Guide, Computational Engine, and Workshops Guide and Computational Engine Complete — This guide provides the basis for a new Chapter 35 of the Highway Capacity Manual that allows analysis of operational strategies under varying demand and capacity conditions. James Colyar / Jim Hunt October 2013 Publication — Guidance and Training
Active Traffic Management Implementation Guidebook — This guidebook defines the emerging Active Traffic Management (ATM) concept and provides insight into the conditions under which it can be successful and be most appropriately implemented. Greg Jones October 2103 Publication — Technical
ATDM Technology Transfer Workshops — A series of workshops designed to raise awareness and understanding of ATDM as a concept and as an implementation strategy to State, regional and local transportation agencies. The workshop will be designed to promote a discussion and appreciation of ATDM concepts and techniques that support reliability, predictability and mobility for the transportation system user. Jim Hunt Complete Workshop
ATDM Technology Transfer Activities — Various ATDM outreach activities including technical assistance workshops, web site maintenance, promotional video, and journal articles. Jim Hunt October 2015 Workshop — Research and Guidance — Technical Publication
Active Traffic Management (ATM) Methodologies for the Highway Capacity Manual, Development and Peer Workshops — Validation testing on the existing ATDM methodologies and development of computational engine to support testing and use of the methods. Workshops are being delivered to receive feedback on the methodology and assist states and local agencies more effectively analyze operational strategies. The workshops also will be key to gaining a peer evaluation and assessment that will be essential in validating and improving the methodology for eventual acceptance by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Highway Capacity and Quality of Service (AHB40). Jim Hunt Complete Workshop
Traffic Management Capability Maturity Framework (TM CMF) Phase 2 — Convert beta version of TM CMF to a publically available decision support tool. Task also includes validation workshops, outreach/ educational workshops, and project brochure. Jim Hunt February 2016 Workshop — Technical Publication — Software
Accelerating Ramp Metering Deployment (Base Task) — Develop a Ramp Metering Primer and Informational Brief. Deliver a National Webinar. James Colyar December 2014 Publication — Guidance Training
Active Traffic Management Feasibility and Screening — An ATM Feasibility Guide and Informational Brief will be developed, and a National Webinar will be delivered. James Colyar October 2014 Publication — Guidance Training
Advanced Parking Pricing and Management — Help cities throughout the country learn from the successful SFpark Urban Partnership Project that uses demand-based pricing of on-street and municipal parking to eliminate the need to circle for parking (which is estimated to be responsible for 30 percent of city congestion). This two-phase project includes: (1) the creation of "Contemporary Approaches to Parking Pricing: A Primer," and (2) the development of technical specifications and documentation, along with lessons learned, of the strategies used to implement SFpark. Products associated with both phases will be shared with parking managers interested in applying demand-based parking pricing strategies in their own cities. Jim Hunt Phase 1, completed in June 2012; Phase 2, to be completed by February 2014 Publication — Guidance
Research on the Application of Shoulders Used as Temporary Travel Lanes — A two phase research effort. The first phase will summarize operational and safety evaluations of existing Temporary Shoulder Lane applications in the US and Europe. The second phase will begin to develop modeling capabilities to estimate benefits of using temporary shoulder lanes. Greg Jones Spring 2014 Publication — Technical

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Arterial Management

Web Site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/arterial_mgmt

Arterial Management Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services
Adaptive Signal Control Technology (ASCT) Implementation — The Every Day Counts (EDC) Initiative established a 24 month national goal to mainstream the implementation of Adaptive Signal Control Technology as a tool to improve coordinated traffic signal operation. Over the course of the initiative over 120 systems were deployed or programmed for implementation. Several resources are available to assist state and local agencies to successfully implement ASCT including guidance, training, technical assistance and peer-to-peer support. Visit the Arterial Management Web site for information on how to access these resources. Eddie Curtis Ongoing Publication, Outreach, Training, Technical Assistance, Peer-to-Peer

National Traffic Signal Management and Operations Curriculum — Four new National Highway Institute (NHI) courses are ready for delivery. The courses focus on an objectives and performance based approach to traffic signal design, operation and maintenance. A framework of Goals, Objectives, Strategies and Tactics (GOST) is used to align operations activities with achievement of good basic service. The Courses include:

  • NHI 133122 – Traffic Signal Timing Concepts
  • NHI 133123 – Systems Engineering for Signal Systems including Adaptive Control
  • NHI 133124 – Evaluating Performance of Traffic Signal Systems
  • NHI 133125 – Successful Traffic Signal Management: The Basic Service Approach
Eddie Curtis ongoing Training — Classroom
Regional Traffic Signal Program Review (Process Review) — The FHWA Resource Center Operations Technical Service Team has conducted Regional Traffic Signal Operations Reviews in over twelve metropolitan regions. The objective of the program is to improve regional consistency in traffic signal management across jurisdictional boundaries, leverage regional expertise to improve operations and maintenance practices, improve training, outreach and maximize resources. Eddie Curtis Ongoing Empty Cell
Localized Bottleneck Reduction Program Guidance — The purpose of the program is to bring attention to mitigating local, operationally influenced bottleneck locations; e.g., lane drops, merge areas, poorly functioning signals, ramp metering, and peak hour shoulder use. This program seeks to address these problem areas in the short term, and hopefully using less structurally-intensive means, as opposed to waiting for a more expensive mega project or corridor sized improvement. In short, this program is to local, spot improvements, as tolling and High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes are to corridors, and as urban partnerships are to regional solutions. In Fiscal Year 2013 we will continue to bring the message to the state agencies and Metropolitan Planning Organizations through our one-day Bottleneck "summits". Neil Spiller Ongoing Empty Cell

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Corridor Traffic Management

Web Site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/program_areas/corridor_traffic_mgmt.htm

Corridor Traffic Management Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services
Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Stakeholder Workshops — A series of workshops will be held to advance the research, deployment, and evaluation of ICM. Topics – Concept of Operations; Requirements; Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation; and Evaluation. Neil Spiller December 2013 Workshop
Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Evaluation of Demonstration ProjectsICM deployments in Dallas, Texas and San Diego, California. Schedule: Evaluation. Neil Spiller January 2015 Research and Guidance
Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Evaluation of Demonstration Projects — Comprehensive evaluation of ICM deployments in Dallas, Texas and San Diego, California. Schedule: Evaluation Framework – May 2012, Evaluation Test Plans – September 2012 (7 test plans: Technical Capability, Decision Support Systems, Corridor Performance, Institutional and Organizational, Traveler Response, Benefit Cost, and Air Quality); Pre-deployment Data Collection – February 2013, Post-Deployment Data Collection – September 2014, Evaluation Report – January 2015) Neil Spiller January 2015 Research and Guidance
Integrated Corridor Management Traveler Behavior Survey — In support of the ICM Evaluation effort, a traveler behavior survey will be conducted to better understand how the changes in corridor operations affect travelers' choices. Neil Spiller October 2014 Research and Guidance
Integrated Corridor Management Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation Neil Spiller January 2015 Research and Guidance
Integrated Corridor Management Planning (associated with Planning for Operations program) Neil Spiller / Wayne Berman March 2014 Publication — Technical
Integrated Corridor Management Guidance – Topics: Implementation; Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation Neil Spiller Complete Research and Guidance

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Emergency Transportation Operations

Web Site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/eto_tim_pse/index.htm

Emergency Transportation Operations Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services
Debris Removal from Roads during Emergency Operations — In response to the impact of Hurricane Ike on Galveston and the complexity of debris removal of road during Traffic Incident Management (TIM) and disaster operations, the Emergency Transportation Operations Team will participate on a new National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) panel (20-59[37]) to develop a Debris Management Handbook for State and Local DOTs Debris Clearance. Kimberly Vásconez Began in Fiscal Year 2011 and ongoing: End Fiscal Year 2013 (Project Delayed) Publication — Guidance
The Emergency Transportation Operations Team will participate on a new NCHRP panel (20-59[36]) to develop a Catastrophic Transportation Emergency Management Guidebook. Laurie Radow Started Fiscal Year 2011 Publication — Guidance
The Emergency Transportation Operations Team will participate on a new NCHRP panel (20-59[38]) to address Voice and Data Interoperability for Transportation. Laurie Radow Started Fiscal Year 2010 Empty Cell
The Emergency Transportation Operations Team will participate on a new NCHRP panel (20-59[39]) to address Synthesis of Airport Closings and Emergency Evacuation Problems. Kimberly Vásconez Started Fiscal Year 2012 Empty Cell
Evacuation follow-up to Congressional Evacuation Study Laurie Radow / Kimberly Vásconez Based on Congressional  Study in Fiscal Year 2012 Institutional Development — Research — Capacity Building
Finalize the Debris Clearance Handbook Kimberly Vásconez December 2013 Research

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Facilitating Integrated ITS Deployment

Web Site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/int_its_deployment

Facilitating Integrated ITS Deployment Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services
Distance-LearningFHWA is working with the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO) to provide the right ITS Standards training at the right time. Registration for training can be done at: http://www.ite.org/education/clearinghouse/search.asp?StartRec=1. Kingsley Azubike Completed Training — On-Line
ITS Standards VerificationFHWA is working with the JPO to develop a Center-to-center (C2C) ITS Standards Reference Implementation (RI). The RI is a tool used to verify that a deployed system is conformant to the ITS C2C Traffic Management Data Dictionary Standard Version 3.0 (TMDDv3) Standard. Kingsley Azubike January 2014 Software — or Other Technical Resource
Architecture Use and Maintenance On-Line TutorialFHWA is working with the JPO to develop several on-line versions of the Architecture Use and Maintenance Workshop. The workshop objective is to provide comprehensive instruction on the use and maintenance of an ITS architecture with a focus on use of architecture in planning process as well as ITS project development process. The course can be accessed from FHWA's Office of Operations Facilitating Integrated ITS Deployment Web site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/int_its_deployment. Stephen Clinger June 2013 Training — On-Line
Transportation Management Area (TMA) Certification Guide — FHWA is developing a TMA Certification guide/matrix specific to RAs and compliance with 940.09. The guide will provide specific recommended actions for the TMA's to take for using and maintaining their Regional Architecture (RA). Stephen Clinger September 2013 Empty Cell

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Freeway Management

Web Site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freewaymgmt

Freeway Management Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services
TMC Pooled Fund Study — The goal of the Transportation Management Center (TMC) Pooled-Fund Study (PFS) (SPR-2(207)) is to assemble regional, state, and local transportation management agencies and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to (1) identify human-centered and operational issues that are common among TMC operators and managers; (2) suggest approaches to addressing identified issues; (3) initiate and monitor projects intended to address identified issues; (4) provide guidance and recommendations and disseminate results; (5) provide leadership and coordinate with others with TMC interests; and (6) promote and facilitate technology transfer related to TMC issues nationally. Jimmy Chu Ongoing Publication — Technical

High Occupancy Vehicle/Managed Use Lane Pooled Fund Study — Ongoing research program that is selected by the 10 participating states. Current research on:

  • Overhead Lane Control signals
  • Dynamic use of Shoulder Lanes
  • Synthesis of Dynamic Pricing Algorithms
Greg Jones Ongoing Publication — Technical
Freeway Management and Operations Handbook — A resource document developed by FHWA, in conjunction with the TRB Freeway Operations Committee, to provide a consolidated source of information regarding the full spectrum of activities and strategies involved in Freeway Management and Operations. The current document is undergoing an update under FHWA's oversight. Greg Jones Spring 2015 Publication — Technical

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Freight Analysis

Web Site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/freight_analysis

Freight Analysis Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services
Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) — Updated data and analytical products based on version 3 of the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF3) are now available. FAF3.4 updates previous FAF estimates, integrating data from the 2007 Commodity Flow Survey and other sources. New data include estimates of freight tonnage and value by commodity type, mode, origin, and destination for 2007, 2009, and 2015– 2040 in 5 year increments. An assignment of highway based flows for 2007 and 2040 has been conducted and is being used to develop a series of state and regional freight maps. Work is being completed on an assessment of data quality for national estimates, evaluate models used to disaggregate regional flows to smaller geography, evaluating network assignment techniques, and establishing error estimates for FAF3 regional and network databases. Work on FAF4 Planning is getting underway. Peter Bang Ongoing Publication — Technical
National Freight NetworkRefer to MAP-21 Addendum Section 1115 Ed Strocko December 2013 Policy or Regulatory Action
Freight & Economics — Training being developed to provide information on the links between freight transportation and the economy and freight transportation cost/benefit analysis. Nicole Katsikides Ongoing Empty Cell

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Freight Infrastructure

Web Site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/infrastructure

Freight Infrastructure Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services
State Freight Advisory CommitteesRefer to MAP-21 Addendum Section 1117 Crystal Jones   Publication — Guidance
State Freight PlansRefer to MAP-21 Addendum Section 1118 Crystal Jones   Publication — Guidance
Jason's Law Truck Parking StudyRefer to Map-21 Addendum Section 1401 (Truck Parking Facilities Program) Tom Kearney Ongoing Empty Cell
Prioritization of Projects to Improve Freight MovementRefer to MAP-21 Addendum Section 1116 Tiffany Julien    
Projects of National and Regional SignificanceRefer to MAP-21 Addendum Section 1120 Crystal Jones Ongoing Empty Cell
National Corridor Infrastructure Improvement ProgramRefer to Program Web Page Ed Strocko Ongoing Empty Cell
Freight Intermodal Distribution Pilot ProgramRefer to Program Web Page Ed Strocko Ongoing Empty Cell

TIGER Discretionary Grant Program — TIGER Discretionary Grant program provides funding for surface transportation infrastructure via a competitive process. The first round of awards was announced in February 2010, the second round was announced October 2010, the third round in December 2011, the fourth round in June 2012 and the fifth round in September 2013. All FY 2011 and FY 2012 funds were obligated in advance of the September 30, 2013 deadline. FHWA is currently administering/implementing 139 TIGER projects with a value of over $1.69B. Information is available at: http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/infrastructure/tiger/index.htm.

Amy Fox Ongoing Empty Cell

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Freight Operations and Technology

Web Site: http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/technology/

Freight Operations and Technology Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services

Freight Advanced Traveler Information Systems (FRATIS) — FRATIS is a freight-specific technology application to improve freight operational efficiency. FRATIS includes the following:

  1. Freight-Specific Dynamic Travel Planning and Performance – This application bundle will include all of the traveler information, dynamic routing, and performance monitoring elements identified in the development of user needs for this project. The application will leverage existing data in the public domain, as well as emerging private sector applications, to provide benefits to both sectors
  2. Intermodal Drayage Operations Optimization – This application bundle will combine container load matching and freight information exchange systems to fully optimize drayage operations, thereby, minimizing bobtails/dry runs and wasted miles and spreading out truck arrivals at intermodal terminals throughout the day. These improvements would lead to corresponding benefits in terms of air quality and traffic congestion.

Pilot projects are being conducted at 3 locations.

Randy Butler Ongoing Software or other Technical Resource

Border Technology — The Office of Freight Management and Operations (HOFM) is leading or participating in several projects that utilize technology to measure and disseminate border wait times and delays. Work on the US/Canada border centers on using the Border Information Flow Architecture (BIFA); a tool for ensuring institutional agreement and technical integration of ITS and other technology used to measure border wait times and delay at major land border crossings. On the US/Mexico border, HOFM, in coordination with the Office of Planning, is conducting several projects to measure truck crossing and delay time at two major U.S. land border crossings. These projects will identify and evaluate technologies that can easily and precisely measure commercial vehicle crossing time. Work on both borders has an end state objective of having quantifiable data and information that can support transportation operations, planning and investment decisions.

Crystal Jones Ongoing Partnership/Coalition

Smart Roadside — The FHWA and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are partnering on this initiative targeting the movement of traditional truck weigh station activities to the roadside. Advanced technologies will be employed to conduct commercial vehicle and driver compliance checks at highway speeds to better target enforcement resources toward violators and eliminate unnecessary delays in highway based goods transport. This Initiative is a "Priority Application" included in USDOT's ITS Safety Program and is supported as a component of the Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V-I) Program.

Randy Butler December 2014 Software or Other Technical Resource
Jason's Law Truck Parking StudyRefer to MAP-21 Addendum Section 1401 Tom Kearney April 2014 Publication — Technical

Off Hours Delivery Pilot Project — FHWA in partnership with the EPA are researching and demonstrating the efficacy of implementing off hours goods movement and delivery programs in small to medium size urban areas with emerging or growing congestion problems. Moving trucks to off hours is seen as a cost efficient method of reducing congestion, improving freight flows, and has positive impacts on air quality, environmental justice, sustainability and livability of a city or urban area. FHWA is making grants to cities or regions to implement pilot projects, and is developing basic decision support tools and publications for entities interested in implementing a similar program.

Corral Torres December 2016 Software or Other Technical Resource

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Freight Professional Development Program (FPD)

Web Site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/fpd

FPD Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services

Posting Freight Peer-to-Peer Reports on the Web Site — The Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Program is part of the ongoing Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Freight Professional Development (FPD) Program. P2P facilitates information sharing between public sector freight transportation professionals and provides technical assistance on an as-needed basis. By providing an opportunity for public sector Staff and Leaders to learn from their peers, the P2P Program identifies and expands state and regional noteworthy practices in the freight transportation field and builds relationships, understanding, and cooperation among key stakeholders. The Freight Peer-to-Peer program now requires the peers to provide a report after the peer exchange. These reports are reviewed and edited for posting on the Office of Freight Management and Operations Web site for other State DOT's and MPO's to use. It is a mechanism for sharing information.

Corral Torres Ongoing Publication — Education

Engaging the Private Sector in Freight Planning — This one-day workshop has been revised with updated content and case study examples and focuses on developing and sustaining relationships, either formally or informally, with key private-sector stakeholders. It reviews strategies and techniques to initiate private-public sector cooperation, identifies key private-sector stakeholders, and suggests ways to improve and sustain communication. Successful approaches employed at several State DOTs and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are discussed. Target Audience Staff from State DOTs, MPOs, local jurisdictions, and economic development agencies. By the end of training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the value that private sector freight stakeholders can add to the planning process
  • Apply tools/resources for identifying freight stakeholders
  • Construct an action plan for engaging freight stakeholders in their agencies'
Tiffany Julien Ongoing Training — Classroom
Freight and Land Use Handbook and Workshop — This handbook and workshop provide public and private-sector stakeholders with the tools and resources to assess the impacts of land use decisions on freight movement, and the impacts of freight development and growth on land use planning goals. Ed Strocko Ongoing Publication — Technical
Talking Freight — These monthly seminars provide a convenient and no-cost way for transportation professionals to learn about the latest trends, issues, tools, and noteworthy practices in freight transportation. Through the use of Web conferencing, participants can view the speaker's presentation on their personal computer and hear the audio portion of the presentation by dialing into the assigned teleconference number. Visit the Talking Freight Web site at www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/fpd/talking_freight.htm to register for a seminar, get details about upcoming topics, or listen to past seminars. Chip Millard Ongoing Webinar — External

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Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)

Web Site: http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov

MUTCD Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services
Update of Standard Highway Signs and Markings Publication — The Standard Highway Signs (SHS) and Markings publication provides dimensioned fabrication details for agencies and vendors to produce the signs and markings. The team is updating this publication to add the new and modified signs adopted in the 2009 MUTCD. A Supplement to the 2004 edition of Standard Highway Signs containing 425 of the new sign designs was issued in March 2012. Work is underway to develop a new 2013 SHS edition that will include revised and expanded sign design guidelines. Kevin Sylvester Update Completed/ Expanded 2013 Edition ongoing December 2013 Empty Cell
Sign and Pavement Markings Retroreflectivity Rulemaking — A Notice of Proposed Amendments for pavement marking retroreflectivity was published in the Federal Register by the Office of Safety in April 2010. The amendments were proposed as a revision to the 2009 MUTCD. The docket comment period ended August 20, 2010, and comments are being evaluated. A decision on whether to issue a Supplemental Notice of Amendments or a Final Rule has been deferred. Kevin Dunn Deferred Empty Cell

Traffic Control Devices Pooled-Fund Study — The experimentation process has been used by jurisdictions for on-road testing and evaluation of innovative traffic control devices. FHWA has established a pooled-fund study for traffic control devices that is intended to provide a quicker way to assess low-risk new traffic control devices and applications. Nineteen States, 3 FHWA Offices, and an association have become members of the pooled-fund, which has completed a variety of projects (many results from which were incorporated into the 2009 MUTCD and more will be considered for the next edition). Three new projects have been selected for FY-14:

  • Guide Sign Design
  • Line Markings for Lane Reduction
  • Enterprise PFS Sign Legends and Placement
Kevin Sylvester Ongoing Empty Cell
MUTCD Strategic Planning Initiative — The Office of Operations has identified the need for a strategic long term plan for the MUTCD that would define a strategic direction for the MUTCD's future scope, content, and format. Consensus answers to longstanding questions, such as what things are or are not traffic control devices and thus are regulated or not regulated by the MUTCD, need to be developed to guide future decision making. It is necessary to develop an MUTCD strategic plan with a 20-year vision. A meeting was held with a group of respected leaders from the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) to discuss the issues. The NCUTCD has taken a leadership role in this effort, which started at the end of 2009 and will take several years to complete. The MUTCD Team is currently participating in an NCHRP project that will help develop the strategic plan. A draft Vision and Strategic Plan has been circulated for comments, which are due by October 15 (http://mutcd.tamu.edu/vision-and-strategic-plan/). Chung Eng Ongoing Empty Cell
Next Edition of the MUTCD — The MUTCD needs to be periodically updated to address constantly evolving practices, new research results, and advancing technologies. In response to concerns from the user community over the growing size and complexity of the MUTCD, the FHWA is planning on streamlining the MUTCD to facilitate more practicable navigation and application by the user. On January 11, 2013, the FHWA published a Request for Comments (Docket ID: FHWA-2012-0118) soliciting input on the option of splitting the material in the MUTCD into two separate documents in the interest of providing a simpler, streamlined MUTCD that would be easier to use, and if it is split, what are some of the potential formats for doing so. Input from the user community showed little support for this concept, but expressed a preference for improving the usability of the MUTCD instead. The results from the Request for Comments will be considered along with information from the MUTCD Strategic Planning Initiative to guide development of the next edition of the MUTCD, which is anticipated by 2016. Chung Eng Ongoing  
Official Rulings Database on the MUTCD Web Site — The MUTCD team at FHWA developed a database of the official rulings that have been made regarding the MUTCD. The official rulings that have been placed in the database include requests by agencies to experiment with innovative traffic control devices or applications, requests by persons or agencies outside of FHWA for changes to the MUTCD, and requests by persons or agencies outside of FHWA for interpretations of the provisions of the MUTCD. The searchable/sortable database was placed on the MUTCD Web site in June 2011 — http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/orsearch.asp. Note that we are still in the process of adding as much information as is available about each request, and some of the official requests have not yet been added to this resource. Bruce Friedman Completed/ Data Input Ongoing Empty Cell
MUTCD Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Program — This ongoing program is available to public sector agencies that need assistance with implementing the provisions of the MUTCD. The program matches a knowledgeable volunteer with the requester. Kevin Dunn Ongoing Empty Cell

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Performance Measurement

Web Site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/perf_measurement

Performance Measurement Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services
Freight Performance Measures — The Office of Freight Management & Operations (HOFM) has secured truck probe data for use by USDOT, State DOTs and MPOs for measuring travel time on the National Highway System and other key locations. This data will be provided as average travel times every 5 minutes for each segment of the NHS. A web tool is available at www.freightperformance.org that provides our state and local partners access to historical speed data that is collected for the 25 interstate highways. Nicole Katsikides Ongoing Software or Other Technical Resource
Quarterly Urban Congestion Reporting — The Office of Transportation Management (HOTM) collects data from 19 urban areas to demonstrate the ability to develop performance measures from ITS data. The report is available quarterly and provides congestion trend data for FHWA Leadership and the urban areas that supply the data. A congestion trends report is developed each Fiscal Year that explains congestion trends for that year. The 2012 Urban Congestion Trends report was available in April 2013. Rich Taylor Ongoing Empty Cell
Developing Reliability Measure Outreach Materials — In 2013, FHWA's Office of Transportation Management is continuing to focus on getting the Top 40 Metro Areas (by population) to develop travel-time based reliability measures with their traffic data.  Support will be provided through technical assistance. Rich Taylor Ongoing Empty Cell

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Planned Special Events

Web Site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/eto_tim_pse/about/pse.htm

Planned Special Events Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services
Managing Travel for Special Events NHI-133099 Laurel Radow Ongoing Training — Classroom

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Planning for Operations

Web Site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/travel/plan2op.htm

Planning for Operations Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services
Benefit Cost for Management and Tool for Operations Benefit/Cost (TOPS-BC) Decision Support Tool — This project will develop a sketch planning level decision support tool allowing users to research and conduct high level benefit-cost (B/C) analysis. The tool and users' manual will supply inputs and default values for conducting planning level B/C analysis for approximately 15 operational strategies. Jim Hunt October 2013 Software or Other Technical Resource
Designing for Operations Primer — A primer is being completed that will highlight opportunities for transportation facility design to better accommodate the needs of day to day emergency, maintenance, transit, security and other system operators. The primer will also provide guidance for institutionalizing operational considerations in the design process. Jim Hunt Completed Publication — Technical

SHRP2 Organizing for Reliability — SHRP 2 Organizing for reliability involves a suite of SHRP2 products that provide an approach for States/MPO to develop a more effective and sustained operations programs. Using a facilitated workshop setting, the process brings together key State DOT staff, external partners and stakeholders to conduct a self-assessment of current and desired capabilities for:

  • Planning, programming and budgeting
  • Technology
  • Use of performance measures
  • Agency culture
  • Organizational structure and workforce
  • Collaboration with external partners

The self-assessment process compares the current agency approach against a set of manageable incremental benchmarks for improvement as evidenced by current best practice from around the country. At the conclusion of the workshop a framework with several potential short term and long term strategies is developed. The framework is further used through more targeted and robust discussions to develop an implementation plan with specific actionable steps, priorities and timelines.

Joe Gregory 27 selected sites to have implementation plans completed by December 2014 Workshop

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Real-Time Traveler Information

Web Site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/travelinfo

Real-Time Traveler Information Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services
Intelligent Transportation Infrastructure Program (ITIP)/ Transportation Technology Innovation and Demonstration Program (TTID) — Selection of cities and the part of the program that they would participate in were made in March 2006. Local Agreements have been reached with 25 cities under Part I. To date, systems in those cities (Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Providence, Raleigh/Durham, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, St. Louis, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington D.C.) have been completed with real-time traffic data being collected and provided in these metropolitan areas. The request for proposals for Part II issued on June 25, 2007, was subsequently canceled. The Fiscal Year 2008 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, signed into law on December 26, 2007, rescinded the remaining unobligated TTID program funding. As a result, further deployment under Part II cannot be pursued. Jimmy Chu April 2014 Empty Cell
Advanced Traveler Information Systems (ATIS) / 511 Guidance, Lessons Learned and Technical Assistance Jimmy Chu Ongoing Outreach Program
Real-Time System Management Information Program — SAFETEA-LU Section 1201 requires Real-Time System Management Information Program in all States; Final Rule in November 2010 codified requirements as 23 CFR Part 511; compliance on all Interstates by November 2014; more information on web site at: www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/1201. Robert Rupert November 2014 Policy/Regulatory Action
Travel Times on Dynamic Message Signs — Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) are one of the tools used by Transportation Management Centers (TMC) to inform motorists of any incidents that occurs on the highways. To this date, 46 of the top 52 metropolitan areas have displayed travel time messages on their DMS during non-incident periods. Because motorists enjoy seeing travel times on these signs, TMCs are starting to display this information more frequently, and many more are planning to implement this program. FHWA encourages all TMCs to post travel time messages on DMS during non-incident periods. Information on guidance, action memorandums and best practices on the topic of "Travel Time Messages on Dynamic Message Signs" are available at www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/travelinfo. Jimmy Chu Ongoing Outreach Program
Real Time Traveler Information — Proactively ensure that real-time travel condition information is available to urban and rural travelers in every state. Update & provide data exchange formats guidance for real-time information. Robert Rupert Empty CellOctober 2013 Publication — Guidance

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Road Weather Management

Web Site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/weather

Road Weather Management Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services
Weather and Traffic Analysis - Incorporate Weather Impacts In Traffic Estimation and Prediction Systems — The goal of this study is to determine how pre-trip and en-route weather information affects travel demands and traffic flows, and incorporate this knowledge in dynamic traffic assignment and prediction models like DynaSMART and DynaMIT. Initial study was completed on September 2009; follow-up work to test and evaluate weather-responsive TrEPS in major US cities was completed in June 2012. Task is underway to deploy TrEPS in Utah. Roemer Alfelor March 2014 Publication — Technical
Implementation of Weather Responsive Traffic Management Strategies — Three projects were awarded to Utah DOT and Oregon DOT to develop and implement advanced traveler information system, traffic signal timing strategies and active traffic management strategies in response to adverse weather. Evaluation plans were developed and implemented to determine the benefits of the strategies. The Utah projects are complete and being documented, while the Oregon DOT construction is scheduled to be completed in October. Roemer Alfelor January 2014 Publication — Technical
1201 Rule – Guidance for Road Weather Traveler Information Systems — Guidance material is being developed to help agencies meet the requirements of the 1201 Rule for real-time traveler information reporting of hazardous weather conditions. Roemer Alfelor September 2014 Publication — Technical
Guidelines for Disseminating Road Weather Information — The objectives of this project are to identify traveler requirements for weather information (both pre-trip and en-route) and determine the most effective messages and methods for communicating weather information. A preliminary design guide for road weather information was published in May 2010. A revised guide was completed and published in June 2012. Marketing and outreach for the revised guide is currently underway. Roemer Alfelor December 2013 Publication - Guidance
Road Weather Observations (Clarus & MADIS) — Almost all states have installed sensors along roads to measure weather and road conditions. The Clarus Initiative was an ITS R&D effort aimed at using these observations to improve the accuracy and timeliness of road weather information made. While the Clarus Initiative ended in June, 2013, the effort to integrate, quality check and disseminate these observations continues. State DOTs are encouraged to share their observations with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) via their Meteorological Data Ingest System (MADIS). FHWA continues to work very closely with NOAA to transition the data from the Clarus System to MADIS. Additional information about the initiative can be found at: www.its.dot.gov/clarus/index.htm. Paul Pisano December 2014 Publication — Technical
Weather Data Environment (WxDE) — Under the ITS Connected Vehicle program, there is the recognized need for comprehensive and extensive capture and management of multiple types of data, especially from vehicles, in order to support the full breadth of Connected Vehicle applications. The objective of this effort is to develop a system that integrates quality checks and disseminates both fixed and mobile road weather data, and makes that data available to others Gabriel Guevara December 2014 Software or other Technical Resource
The Road Weather Management Program and the Connected Vehicle — The Road Weather Management Program and the ITS Joint Program Office (JPO) developed a Vehicle Data Translator (VDT), which processes vehicle probe data and turns it into useable weather and road condition observations (including as part of the WxDE described above). They are also developing or enhancing advanced decision support tools that use data from the VDT. We are working with the states of Minnesota, Nevada, and Michigan to collect mobile data from their state fleets and use it to further develop the capabilities of the VDT and to prototype the incorporation of this mobile data into day-to-day management and operation applications of value to those agencies. The early findings of this research are expected to be used to support the Fall 2013 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Decision. This phase of the project will be completed by April of 2014. Gabriel Guevara April 2014 Publication and Software or other Technical Resource
Web-based Training Courses on Road Weather Management (RWM) — Three blended web-based courses on RWM are available through the University of Maryland CITE (Consortium for ITS Training and Education) Program. A certificate in RWM is also being offered. Each course is scheduled for delivery in 2013. Roemer Alfelor November 2013 Training — On-Line
Benefit/Cost Analysis (BCA) of Road Weather Management — This project will develop a compendium of BCA examples of Road Weather Management strategies using the FHWA Office of Operations TOPS B/C tool and conduct workshops with RWM professionals and practitioners on performing BCA and using the tool. Roemer Alfelor October 2014 Publication — Technical
Weather Task — Conduct research on Emergency/Disaster Transportation Operations and Road Weather Responses. Laurie Radow / Paul Pisano FY12 (Phase 1) & FY14 (Phase 2) Research — Professional Capacity Building

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Tolling and Pricing Opportunities

Web Site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/congestionpricing/

Tolling and Pricing Opportunities Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services
Urban Partnership/Congestion Reduction Demonstration (UPA/CRD) Programs — At this time, all of the Urban Partnership and Congestion Reduction projects awarded funding by the Department of Transportation have been deployed. A national evaluation team is now assessing the effects of congestion-reduction strategies in each urban area. The final evaluation report for Minnesota has been completed and will be available on-line in March 2013. The national evaluation cross cutting report will be finalized in December 2015. The related UPA/CRD project reports for Seattle, Atlanta and Los Angeles will also be completed within the same time frame. Wayne Berman December 2015 Empty Cell
Value Pricing Pilot Program — Value Pricing Pilot Program (VPPP) Quarterly Report: Each quarter, projects authorized under the Value Pricing Pilot Program are updated to provide the most current VPP program information on pre-implementation studies as well as projects that have been implemented. Angela Jacobs Ongoing Outreach Program
Congestion Pricing Outreach — The new Tolling and Pricing web site should be up and running in early December. Continue ninety-minute webinars designed to support state and local governments interested in overcoming the challenges of congestion pricing. Angela Jacobs Ongoing Webinar — External
Pay-as-you-drive Insurance (PAYD) — The Brookings Institution estimates that this important strategy would spur an 8 percent voluntary reduction in driving, yielding $50-60 billion in net social benefits. This effort will support researchers and practitioners with knowledge in actuarial and driver behavior research in the development of pricing models to offer such insurance. A company that improves the fit of its pricing models (defined by how well prices match actual risks for payout of claims) can offer more competitive rates and bolster its profitability. The products developed from this effort would not only help companies price PAYD insurance, but they would also provide the needed analytical support to facilitate state regulatory approval of such insurance. Allen Greenberg 2014 Empty Cell

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Traffic Analysis Tools

Web Site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficanalysistools

Traffic Analysis Tools Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services
Workshops on Highway Capacity Manual Analysis of Operational Strategies Under Varying Capacity and Demand Conditions; A Foundation for ATDM Analysis — Perform outreach to practitioner community on Highway Capacity Manual-Active Transportation and Demand Management (HCM-ATDM) methodologies. Workshops are being conducted to advance the methodology and help state and local managers conduct better analyses for management and operations projects. In addition, the workshops are being used to obtain peer evaluation and assessment that will be essential in validating and improving the methodology for eventual consideration by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Highway Capacity and Quality of Service (AHB40). Jim Hunt   Workshop
Analysis Guide on HCM Analysis of Operational Strategies Under Varying Capacity and Demand Conditions; A Foundation for ATDM Analysis — Testing and enhancement of HCM-ATDM methodologies and packaging methodologies into an Analysis Guide. Methods for additional ATDM strategies and four (4) Informational Briefs will be developed. Jim Hunt Completed Publication — Technical
Analysis Guide on HCM Analysis of Operational Strategies Under Varying Capacity and Demand Conditions; A Foundation for ATDM Analysis — Testing and enhancement of HCM-ATDM methodologies and packaging methodologies into an Analysis Guide. Methods for additional ATDM strategies and four (4) Informational Briefs will be developed. Jim Hunt June 2013 Publication — Technical

Workshop on Foundations of Dynamic Traffic Assignment (DTA) — A FHWA sponsored workshop providing participants with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of conducting traffic analyses using DTA techniques, knowledge on the appropriate use of DTA, and an understanding of both strengths and weaknesses inherent in DTA analyses.

The workshop has a one-day format featuring lecture and interactive pen-and-paper class exercise elements. Hands-on computer exercises are NOT an element of the workshop. The workshop is intended to provide participants with the background to make informed decisions regarding the value and challenges of DTA analyses using a broad range of simulation tools. The target audience for the workshop is transportation and community planners within MPOs and local, county and state organizations, transportation engineers, traffic analysts and consultants.

John Halkias Ongoing Workshop

Travel and Emissions Impacts of Highway Operations Strategies — This research effort will address the short- and long-term impact of highway operations on travel and emissions. Strategies of particular interest include signal timing, ramp metering, traffic incident management, congestion pricing, active traffic and demand management strategies such as speed harmonization, queue warning, etc. The travel behavior component of this work will examine key factors affecting travelers' responses to these treatments.

Key research questions include:

  • The extent to which highway operations strategies affect throughput, travel delay and travel time reliability;
  • the extent to which these improved travel conditions result in induced demand – defined as the additional travel across a system over both the short- and long-term (up to 40 years following deployment); and
  • the system-level traffic flow and emissions impacts of these projects, including the production of both criteria pollutants and greenhouse gases over a 40-year time horizon.
John Halkias December 2013 Publication — Outreach
Creation of Guidebook on Utilization of Dynamic Traffic Assignment (DTA) Modeling — The FHWA Office of Operations is developing a Guidebook document to aid Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and State Departments of Transportation (SDOTs) to inform them of the potential benefits and applications that are possible from utilization of DTA modeling tools. This Guidebook document will provide recommended process for using DTA tools in transportation analyses. In addition, it will provide examples of "success implementations" from transportation organizations. These guidelines will provide transportation practitioners with guidance (i.e. "how to") on the appropriate application of DTA tools for decision making process. The process will walk the practitioner through the process from "soup to nuts" in how to develop and implement DTA for regional planning, project planning, and other transportation operation projects. John Halkias Completed Publication — Guidance
Modeling and Forecasting of Toll Revenues — A significant gap in this area concerns the modeling and forecasting of toll revenues. Specifically, there is a need for intermediate-level revenue analyses for toll projects between the "back of the envelope" calculations done in early planning stages and the more comprehensive investment-grade traffic and revenue studies that are required prior to obtaining financing. This project will develop intermediate analyses tool and procedure that would aid project sponsors in deciding which types of tolling options would warrant deeper consideration. Darren Timothy Completed Publication — Guidance
Update to Volume III: Guidelines for Applying Traffic Microsimulation Modeling Software — This project will update the Guidelines in the Traffic Analysis Toolbox for microsimulation to include better calibration and validation techniques, and to incorporate new guidance on the use of simulation. John Halkias Spring 2014 Publication — Guidance
Tools for Tactical Decision Making and Advancing Methods for Predicting Performance — In this project, FHWA aims to augment past efforts by developing a proof-of-concept for a Predictive Analysis Prototype that addresses the dynamic variation of capacity and demand using archived and real-time data at a regional level for playbook and real-time TMC operations. The framework developed will include use of appropriate performance metrics, configurable system performance targets, and use of appropriate analysis tools to identify, develop, and evaluate solutions to operational problems at a regional level for playbook and real-time TMC operations. After development, the framework will be tested with one or more transportation agencies. Finally, an optional task involves developing six two-day workshops to disseminate the framework to transportation stakeholders. John Halkias Fall 2014 Publication — Guidance, Methodology, Tools
ATDM/DMA Simulation Test Bed — This project will develop a modeling Testbed/Framework – and you can think of a framework here as a blueprint or high-level design that gives directions on how the Testbed should be constructed. The Testbed will be able to replicate the effects of public agencies in a region implementing ATDM and DMA concepts and strategies. Once developed, this framework will be implemented in a laboratory setting (or a controlled environment) in that the modeling conducted will not be directly connected to the systems, algorithms, or TMC operators that make real-time traffic management decisions. James Colyar Fall 2014 Publication — Guidance
Effective Integration of Analysis Modeling and Simulation Tools — This project will define a model integration concept of operations and requirements that will enable harmonious information exchange, and data transferability among models of various domains and scale. These new methods and tools will be validated through a proof of concept and prototype(s) demonstration. Report can be located at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/operations/13063/index.cfm. Joe Bared Completed Publication — Guidance
HCM2010 Reference Guide — The intent of the guide is to support our FHWA Division staff on how to conduct proper review of various traffic studies and analyses. The "Review Reference Guide for Area Engineers" should enhance and complement the full 2010 HCM by providing a quick reference for conducting review of traffic analyses for typical Federal-aid projects. John Halkias Summer 2014 Publication — Guidance
Analysis of Network and Non-network Impact Upon Driver Behavior to Improve Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation Techniques and Accuracy — A significant gap exists between current capability of existing traffic analysis tools and the ability of these tools to simulate and analyze complicated behavior of drivers. This research study will narrow such gap and advance our understanding of driver behavior to continue improving operations and safety of our nation's transportation systems. Taylor Lochrane December 2013 Publication — Outreach

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Traffic Incident Management

Web Site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/eto_tim_pse/about/tim.htm

Traffic Incident Management Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services
Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Practitioner Workshops and TIM Outreach Visits — FHWA will conduct TIM Practitioner Workshops in the top 40 metro areas over the next three years to ensure that best practices are relayed to practitioners in an effort to improve TIM operations. In Fiscal Year 2010, Workshops have been or will be conducted in: National Capital Region*; Greensboro & Charlotte, NC*, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio & Austin, TX*, Portland, OR*, Memphis, TN, Chicago, Detroit, MI, and Boston. (* indicate Opportunity States and highlighted and underlined means already conducted). An outreach team will meet with senior officials from the mayor's office, the law enforcement and fire departments and the DOTs to discuss the importance of performance measurements and safe, quick clearance. (See entry below) Paul Jodoin Completed Top 40 and conducted 48 to date; will conduct up to 8/year the next 5 years Empty CellWorkshop
TIM Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Program — Due to the high level of interest in P2P collaboration in the Traffic Incident Management & Planned Special Events (TIM/PSE) areas, FHWA established a new TIM/PSE P2P program in 2010 FHWA coordinates an average of 4 exchanges each fiscal year. The program is patterned after the Work Zone P2P program. Promotional materials developed and printed. Kimberly Vásconez / Laurel Radow Ongoing Partnership/Coalition
TIM Webinar Series — FHWA will conduct 8 webinars to discuss various TI&EM topics in this current year. FY14 topics will be posted on the TI&EM Web site through the year. Themes include SHRP2 TIM Training; Traffic Management Center Contributions to TIM and PSEs; recent Peer-to-Peer sessions as webinar topics and others. FHWA also supports National TIM Network and ITE ETO Working Group webinars. Past Webinars included: "Integrating the TIM National Unified Goal (NUG) into TIM programs;" TIM Performance Measurements; integrating traffic management centers and Fusion Centers. Briefing materials are available from the program office. Webinars are archived and are available on-line. Kimberly Vásconez / Paul Jodoin / Laurel Radow Ongoing Webinar
Cost/Benefit Study on Full-Function Safety/Service Patrols (FFS/SPs) — In FY13, Office of Operations with Turner–Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) worked to expand the tool being developed to assess the costs and benefits of Safety Service Patrol operations to the assessment of various other TIM functions. Paul Jodoin / Kimberly Vásconez Fall 2014 – SSP Tool, Fall 2015 — Expanded Tool Empty Cell
Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) or Related Communication System Integrated into Traffic Management Centers — FHWA conducted research with the Turner–Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) and produced case studies on integration of CAD and other law enforcement or fire dispatch and communications systems into the Traffic Management Centers/Traffic Operations Centers that demonstrate the benefit of such systems in reducing response time, lane closures, and the number of secondary crashes associated with incidents while improving real-time and ground-truth reporting. The final product is under review and should be available in early 2014. Kimberly Vásconez June 2013, Final to be available in 2014 Publication — Technical
TIM Knowledge Management System — FHWA developed, tested and launched the Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Performance Measurement Knowledge Management System to facilitate information sharing and communications among practitioners nationwide who are working on program performance measurement for TIM. It was expanded this year to encompass all TIM areas and new good practices, lessons learned, tools, reports and after-action reports were included in the expanded KMS. It will be further populated and will be integrated into the SHRP2 L17 Knowledge base being produced now. It will be used to house The Knowledge Management System, which may be accessed through the TI&EM Web site. Kimberly Vásconez Ongoing Software or Other Technical Resource
TIM Self-Assessment — Recurring. The Annual TIM Self-Assessment (SA) continues to be an effective tool for identifying opportunities and assessing the National and local TIM Programs. The SA reporting has been changed this year to reduce the size of the final report and "Fast Facts" based on the SA submittals provided to the all locations who have submitted the SA. Paul Jodoin FY 2013 Assessment Report due October 31, 2013  
TIM Post-Workshop Follow-up Effort — Traffic Incident and Events Management team will work with Divisions to periodically identify progress and needs of jurisdictions where the TIM workshops were conducted. Kimberly Vásconez Ongoing expected completed in 2013 Partnership/Coalition
National Traffic Incident Management Coalition (NTIMC) — This organization will end its almost 10 year run while FHWA determines a more effective, structure that reaches senior leaders from key transportation, law enforcement and fire organizations while expanding the National TIM Network. FHWA established the National TIM Executive Leadership Group (ELG) and held its first meeting on December 12, 2012 and is funding the start-up of the National TIM Network. Kimberly Vásconez NTIMC Completed May 1 2013; ELG initiated December 12, 2012 with National TIM Network begun May 1, 2013 Partnership/Coalition
TIM Subcommittee, of the Highway Safety Committee, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) — FHWA is building a stronger relationship with the law enforcement community to ensure that traffic incidents are cleared quickly and safely by the three primary on-the-ground responders: law enforcement, transportation, and fire/rescue. FHWA is collaborating with the IACP to establish this TIM Subcommittee as a means to integrate its 4,000+ membership into developing, identifying and using good TIM practices. FHWA plans to partner with the IACP on Performance Measurement activities and Regional Law Enforcement-Transportation meetings in FY13. Paul Jodoin Ongoing Partnership/Coalition
Dispatcher Training Course — FHWA is developing a training course to prepare dispatchers at Transportation Management Centers, Traffic Operations Centers or Law Enforcement or Fire dispatch centers manage calls for Traffic Incident responses. Paul Jodoin To begin FY13; ; Product expected FY 2015 Training

SHRP2 Traffic Incident Responder Training Program — The SHRP2 L12 project, Improving Traffic Incident Scene Management, now referred to as the National Traffic Incident Management Responder Training, provides a significant move forward in developing a coordinated, multi-discipline training program for all emergency responders and those supporting TIM operations. The accelerated delivery of this key, foundational course to all TIM responders was adopted as an Every Day Counts Initiative from FY12-14. The L12 project resulted in a TIM training curriculum that provides responders from the various stakeholder groups with a common set of core competencies that promote a shared understanding of the requirements for achieving the safety of responders and motorists, quick response, and effective communications at traffic incident scenes. Furthermore, the L12 project is generating additional products:

  • L32A: four (completed) L32B: E-Learning for training traffic incident responders and managers;
  • L32C: Interdisciplinary TIM training post-course assessment tool.

The series of L32 products establishes a foundation for responders to achieve the three objectives of the TIM National Unified Goal (NUG): (1) responder safety; (2) safe, quick clearance; and (3) prompt, reliable, interoperable communications. FHWA expects to assume implementation responsibilities spring 2014.

Paul Jodoin / Jim Austrich Curriculum Developed

FHWA conducting L32A Train-the-Trainer courses

Begun FY12 and ongoing

TRB-FHWA working on L32B distance learning course and L32C evaluation of training impacts
Training
Accident Investigation Technologies Training Module — In FY14, FHWA will develop an accident investigation technologies training module. This will aid police, transportation, insurance companies and others involved in reconstructing what happened and assigning fault. Paul Jodoin To begin FY14; Product expected FY15 Training
EMS Senior Leaders Meeting in Support of the SHRP2 TIM Responder Training — To bring together the lead National Fire-based and Private-Sector EMS organizations to discuss how to get the SHRP2 TIM Training to the field. Kimberly Vásconez October 29, 2013 Outreach/Coalition Building — Training
Public Works Senior Leaders Meeting in Support of SHRP2 TIM Responder Training — After meeting with the executive directors and Boards of Directors with the APWA, IMSA and ASCE, there is an interest in the public works communities for the SHRP2 TIM Responder Training. Senior leaders from public works organizations, DOT maintenance mangers, and towers, all of which support responses and conduct clean up after an incident. Kimberly Vásconez Early 2014 Outreach/Coalition Building — Training
Fire Service Technical Assistance Support and Outreach Support to increase fire participation in SHRP2 Training (CVVFA, IAFC and NVFC). Kimberly Vásconez / Jim Austrich Late FY13 to end March 2015 Outreach/Coalition Building — Training
Executive Leadership Group — Resulting from the 2012 Transportation and Senior Executive TIM Summit, FHWA established a group of senior executives from AASHTO, IACP, IAFC, NVFC and TRAA to meet twice a year to discuss policy and leadership issues and gaps that hinder State and local TIM programs. The groups identify actions and each group, plus FHWA lead efforts to develop products or conduct research. FHWA held two meetings (December 2012 and July 2013) and one mid-term conference call (October 2013) and a variety of draft products like briefing deck for senior leaders on SHRP2 TIM Responder program, Presidential Directive on TIM, etc. Kimberly Vásconez Begun FY13 & ongoing Leadership — Outreach/Coalition Building
Expand National TIM Network — As a part of the 2012 Trans and PS TIM Summit, the group recommended supporting the TIM Network, the only group consisting of practitioners, and not just association members. FHWA is funding this. Two working groups have been formed to date. (1) improving the TIM Knowledge Management System and (2) Collecting pictures, after-action reports, and other tools to share. Kimberly Vásconez Begun FY10 & ongoing Outreach/Coalition Building
Collaborate with International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Executive Leadership Group (ELG) to support Presidential Directive Kimberly Vásconez Started FY13 – on hold to be packaged with Executive Order & S1 Letter Leadership

National Policy
Secretary letter endorsing national implementation of TIM/L12 Kimberly Vásconez / Trenice Jett Started FY13 – on hold to be packaged with Executive Order & Presidential Proclamation Leadership

National Policy
Executive Order on TIM Collaboration among Federal Stakeholders/ Propose Traffic Incident Awareness Week & New relationships with DHS, DOJ and HHS to support TIM Responders Kimberly Vásconez Started FY13 – ongoing – to be packaged with S1 Letter & Presidential Proclamation Leadership

National Policy
Support the development of a discipline to speak on behalf of transportation in public safety forums — AASHTO and ITE began working on a transportation operations discipline to speak as a unit in TIM meetings, like the fire, law enforcement, EMS, towers, public works and other disciplines. FHWA will continue to work with these groups, especially through the AASHTO SSOM and ITE, to help the new coalition grow. Kimberly Vásconez Started November 2012 and ongoing Leadership

National Policy
Conduct Public Works Senior Leaders SHRP2 TIM Meeting & Develop Strategic plan on public works in TIM — FHWA met with the executive directors and board of directors in the key Public Works Associations, to include APWA, IMSA, ASCE; they and the DOT maintenance groups are interested in participating in the SHRP2 TIM training and other TIM program activities, since they often clean up and repair roads after scenes. Kimberly Vásconez / Jim Austrich Spring 2014 & Plan in early FY15 Leadership

National Policy
2nd Transportation & Public Safety Executive Leadership Summit — Conduct the second Trans & PS Summit and expand membership to Federal Partners, public works, EMS and other key TIM stakeholders. Kimberly Vásconez / Paul Jodoin Start in FY14 for conduct in Spring 2015 Leadership

National Policy
Complete FY13 Report and Conduct FY14 TIM Self-Assessment (100% participation in top-75 areas and increase participation by 5 in other areas) Paul Jodoin FY13 & FY14 Performance Measures

Institutional Development & Sustainability
Assess Self-Assessment Tool vis-à-vis Capability Maturity Model tool & Develop Action Plan — Work with HOTM and the L06 SHRP2 product to integrate the Traffic Incident Management Self-Assessment into the SHRP2 Capability Maturity Model products. Paul Jodoin FY14 Performance Measures

Institutional Development & Sustainability
Traffic Incident Management Performance Measures Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting — Develop process that integrates FHWA work on incident-specific PM criteria, NCHRP Studies, IACP TIM Subcommittee Work and Office of Safety MUTCD database fields. Paul Jodoin FY14 Performance Measures

Institutional Development & Sustainability
Traffic Incident Management Framework — Update TIM Framework with updated TIM Handbook based on SHRP2 L12 Course Curriculum and package the Framework, Handbook and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation tactical manual as a set. Kimberly Vásconez FY13

Product due end FY14
Doctrine

Program Planning
Traffic Incident Management Gap Analysis — Conduct analysis to determine what projects need to be addressed to fill TIM programmatic gaps that is appropriate for FHWA action. Laurel Radow FY14 Strategic Planning

Institutional Development & Sustainability
Integrate Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Knowledge Management System (KMS) with SHRP2 L17 project and populate newly expanded TIM KMS Kimberly Vásconez / Grant Zammit FY14 Institutional Development & Sustainability

Professional Capacity Building
Implementation plan for law enforcement or fire dispatch and communications systems into the TMCs/TOCs project Kimberly Vásconez FY14 Institutional Development & Sustainability

Professional Capacity Building
Spectrum Awareness & Outreach Laurel Radow FY14 Policy

Institutional Development & Sustainability
Explore V2V and V2I technologies & integrate them into National TIM plans Kimberly Vásconez FY14 & ongoing Policy

Institutional Development & Sustainability
Update the 2006 Safe Quick Clearance Law Compendium, Alternate Route Planning docs Kimberly Vásconez FY14 Doctrine

Program Planning
Struck-by Database — Support IAFC efforts to obtain funding to continue development of the Responder Near-Miss and Struck-by database so the Nation has a good idea of how serious the problem is for responders. Kimberly Vásconez FY14 Policy

Leadership

Responder Safety
Work with DHS to get EOC guidance and training to include increased coordination with TMCs. Kimberly Vásconez / Laurie Radow / Jimmy Chu FY14 Policy

Institutional Development

Professional Capacity Building
Startup funding for new TIM PFS Laurie Radow FY14 Policy

Institutional Development

Professional Capacity Building
TMC PFS — Participate with TFHRC on SBIR Phase II project to develop quick incident detection and warning system as a part of the TMC PFS. Jawad Paracha Completed Research
Finalize work on NCHRP Panels on Performance Measurements (NCHRP 03-108: TIM Assessment Framework) Jawad Paracha Ongoing Research
Continue writing articles on TI&EM topics for Public Roads (1-year TIM series) and other professional journals — The TIM Series began in the Public Roads publication in July/August 2013, with the introductory article and editorial by Jeff Lindley. A second article is coming out in November/December with a third in the March/April edition. Kimberly Vásconez FY13 through early FY15 Public Awareness

Capacity Building

Doctrine
Conduct TIM Practitioner Workshops in up to 4 large metro areas Paul Jodoin FY10 and ongoing Professional Capacity Building
SHRP2 L12 and TIM Outreach — Conduct 10 Executive Leadership Awareness Meetings with State Police, State Fire Marshall and Big City Police Chiefs on SHRP2 L12 and TIM. Additionally, conduct 4 General TIM webinars and bi-monthly SHRP2 L12 Webinars. Paul Jodoin / Jim Austrich / Kimberly Vásconez FY12 and ongoing Leadership

Professional Capacity Building
Knowledge Management System (KMS) Efforts — Develop Good Practices, Lessons Learned and Tools for KMS and an electronic book to distribute after conducting 10 final post-workshop interviews. Paul Jodoin / Kimberly Vásconez FY12 and ongoing Professional Capacity Building
Knowledge Management System (KMS) and Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Outreach Efforts — Conduct follow-up calls with jurisdictions that offered tools and reports for the KMS or who want to collaborate on other TIM topics. Paul Jodoin / Kimberly Vásconez FY12 and ongoing Institutional Development

Professional Capacity Building
Conduct 3 TIM, PSE or TIM/Public Safety Peer-to-Peer Exchanges Laurie Radow FY12 and ongoing Institutional Development

Professional Capacity Building
Develop Law Enforcement Strategy for TIM Program Paul Jodoin FY14 Leadership

Building Coalitions
Update TIM Public Education toolkit products and produce outreach tools for the SHRP2 TIM Training course Laurie Radow FY12 – original product FY14, Updated Public Awareness & Education

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Travel Demand Management (TDM)

Web Site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/tdm

TDM Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services
No update as of this report Wayne Berman Empty Cell Empty Cell

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Vehicle Size and Weight

Web Site: http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/sw/

Vehicle Size and Weight Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services
Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits StudyRefer to Map-21 Addendum Section 32801 Tom Kearney October 2014 Publication — Technical
Compilation of Existing State Truck Size and Weight Limit LawsRefer to Map-21 Addendum Section 32802 Tom Kearney October 2014 Publication — Technical
Special Permits During National EmergenciesRefer to Map-21 Addendum Section 1511 John Berg Ongoing Research & Guidance
Virtual Weight Station/e-Permitting, Universal Truck Identifier, WIM/NIST Handbook #44 Project and Damage Assessment Exchange — The Office of Operations has completed a number of research projects advancing the state-of-the-art in truck size and weight. The "Concept of Operations Plan" for the "Virtual Weigh Station/Electronic Permitting" (VWS/e-Permitting) project was completed in 2009. Several work products were produced in 2011 on this project: "Final Architecture for VWS/e-Permitting", a "Data Model", a "Best Practice Report" and a "Business Case for VWS/e-Permitting" were all completed this past year. A "Concept of Operations and Research Findings on Universal Electronic Truck Identifier Report" was completed in 2011. These two projects have been integrated into work being conducted under the Smart Roadside Project supported through USDOT's ITS Strategic Research Program. Work continues on integrating Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) technology into NIST's Handbook #44, a project designed to support using mainline WIM devices for truck weight screening and enforcement decision support. The Work Group for the project was convened in 2011 and a Work Group Chairman elected. Language to be used in amending Handbook #44 is currently in development. It is anticipated that the amendment material will be completed and submitted to the national Conference on Weights and Measures for their Annual Meeting in July, 2013. The Pavement Damage Assessment Tool (PaveDAT) was completed in 2010. The tool was developed with technical support provided by pavement experts in FHWA's Office of Infrastructure and Turner Fairbank's Highway Research Center. Beta testing was completed by a few states and the Tool has recently been supported through on-site training. Strategies for deployment of PaveDAT are currently being developed. Tom Kearney Ongoing Publication — Technical

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Work Zone Management

Web Site: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz

Work Zone Management Program Activities Report
Task Lead Complete By Product or Services

Work Zone Safety Grants & Clearinghouse — SAFETEA-LU established the FHWA Work Zone Safety Grant Program, which was continued in MAP-21. This effort provides funds to nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations to provide training to prevent and reduce work zone injuries and fatalities. The three grant emphasis areas include:

  • (Area 1) Training for construction workers;
  • (Area 2) Development of guidelines to help improve work zone safety; and
  • (Area 3) Training for State and local governments, transportation agencies, and other groups implementing the guidelines.

To date the Work Zone Safety Grants have generated a wealth of products, publications, and training resources. All of these products as well as many other Work Zone materials can be found on the Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse also provides a forum for discussions on a wide variety of work zone topics. More information can be found on the Clearinghouse Web site http://www.workzonesafety.org/fhwa_wz_grant. As a result of the SAFETEA-LU extensions, additional funding became available for this program and 3 new grants totaling $10.6M were awarded October 1, 2011 with a 3 year period of performance. As new products become available, they will be posted on the Clearinghouse.

Jawad Paracha September 2014 Empty Cell
Work Zone Performance Measurement Using Probe Data — The costs associated with obtaining high quality, consistent, and continuous mobility data from individual work zones across the state could be significant, especially if data is collected strictly for work zone monitoring and assessment purposes. Using probe data is a cost-effective measure to meet the FHWA work zone data collection requirements (23 CFR 630 Subpart J) and to provide project managers the ability to monitor performance of their work zones. This effort will provide Guidance on use of vehicle probe data for work zone mobility/reliability performance measurement and a detailed case study based on Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) pilot project on work zone data collection and performance monitoring. Jawad Paracha Completed Publication — Technical
Use of Technology and Data for Effective Work Zone Management — To help agencies better deploy and use technology and data for effective work zone management, this project will develop a work zone ITS implementation guide and case studies. The guide will cover planning, procuring, deploying, and operating an ITS application in a work zone. The case studies will illustrate how several DOTs have used technology and data to better design and operate their work zones. Paul Pisano January 2014 Publication — Technical
Work Zone Peer-to-Peer Program (WZ P2P) Paul Pisano Ongoing Technical Assistance
Work Zone Self-Assessment Paul Pisano Ongoing Guidance

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MAP-21 Addendum

MAP-21, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, authorizing funds for Federal-aid Highways, highway safety programs, transit and other purposes, requires a number of actions to be handled by the Office of Operations. These include the following:

  • Section 1115 – Establishment of the National Freight Network — MAP-21 directed the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) to develop a National Freight Strategic Plan. This process will involve seeking input from States and others in the development of this first-ever plan to identify a range of freight considerations including the existing network; sources of freight congestion; major trade gateways and national freight corridors; best practices for improving the performance of the national network and mitigating impacts on communities; a process for addressing multistate projects and strategies to improve freight intermodal connectivity.

    Current Status: US DOT's Office of the Secretary (OST) is directing the work on the National Freight Strategic Plan. Input is being collected from outreach sessions around the nation by members of the Freight Policy Council, and from the National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC), as well as through other mechanisms including State freight plans, reports, surveys and national freight data. OST is compiling suggestions on the scope and content of the Plan, and what level of detail the Plan should contain.

  • Section 1115 – Freight Conditions and Performance Report — MAP-21 requires US DOT to develop a Freight Transportation Conditions and Performance Report by October 1, 2014, and again every 2 years. The report will contain a description of the conditions and performance of the national freight network in the United States. US DOT is focused on creating a multi-modal freight conditions and performance report that will provides a comprehensive look at the United States freight system. The output of this report will be used as a key input into the required National Freight Strategic Plan.

    Current Status: OST has organized teams to develop measures of condition and performance for the freight system, and is soliciting input on what measures would be most useful for shippers, planners, and other users of freight conditions and performance data.

  • Section 1115 – Investment Data and Planning Tools — MAP-21 requires USDOT to begin development of new tools or improve existing tools to support an outcome-oriented, performance-based approach to evaluate proposed freight-related and other transportation projects, including methodologies for systematic analysis of benefits and costs, and identifying transportation-related model data to assist in making transportation investment decisions and improve existing freight flow data collection efforts.

    Current Status: OST is tapping into the strength and expertise of offices throughout the Department. As input to the efforts to develop or enhance freight planning tools, FHWA is leveraging current or planned SHRP2, NCFRP, and FHWA research for cost/benefit analysis, project selection process tools, and model elements. OST is inviting input on which areas of freight analysis would most benefit from improvement in the available tools.

  • Section 1115 – Establishment of the National Freight Network — MAP-21 requires the Secretary to establish a National Freight Network to assist States in strategically directing resources toward improved system performance for efficient movement of freight. The National Freight Network will consist of the Primary Freight Network as designated by the Secretary; portions of the Interstate System not designated as part of the Primary Freight Network; and Critical Rural Freight Corridors, designated by the States.

    Designation of the Primary Freight Network will be based on measurable and objective data, include up to 27,000 centerline miles and a possible 3,000 additional centerline miles of existing or planned roadways critical to the future efficient movement of goods.

    Current Status: In February 2013, FHWA published a notice in the Federal Register outlining the process for the designation of the National Freight Network and an estimated schedule. FHWA is undertaking an analysis of the freight network and will publish the results and draft designation of the Primary Freight Network for review and comment in the coming months. FHWA is also developing guidance and technical assistance for States to begin the identification of Critical Rural Freight Corridors. Final initial designation of the Primary Freight Network and a request to States to identify Critical Rural Freight Corridors is expected in October 2013 followed by designation of National Freight Network (including Primary Freight Network, the rest of the Interstate system, and the Critical Rural Freight Corridors) by early 2014.

  • Section 1116 – Prioritization of Projects to Improve Freight Movement — MAP-21 provided that States may seek a higher federal share (up to 95 percent) of federal aid highway funding for projects that are identified in a state freight plan and can improve the efficiency of freight movement. In order to qualify, the project must be identified in a State freight plan, and the freight plan must meet the statutory requirements as defined in MAP-21.

    Current Status: FHWA issued implementation guidance for this provision in October 2012 and held a webinar on the subject in March 2013. The first State to qualify for the increased federal share is Indiana DOT for upgrades to U.S. 31.

  • Section 1117 – State Freight Advisory Committees — MAP-21 directs the Secretary to encourage each State to establish a State Freight Advisory Committee. These advisory committees may consist of public and private sector freight stakeholders, including representatives of ports, shippers, carriers, freight-related associations, the freight industry workforce, State transportation departments, and local governments.

    Current Status: Draft implementation guidance for this provision was issued in October 2012. FHWA is actively working with States to encourage the establishment of advisory committees. A webinar was held in May 2013 and FHWA is promoting its workshop: "Engaging the Private Sector in Freight Planning." Interest in this workshop has increased dramatically since 2012. The workshop is for practitioners addressing freight issues at metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), State departments of transportation, local governments, and economic development agencies. Private sector participation is welcomed and beneficial.

  • Section 1118 – State Freight Plans — MAP-21 directed the Secretary of Transportation to encourage States to develop statewide freight plans for immediate and long range freight planning and investment. These plans will enhance freight planning at the State and local levels and aid in the development of a comprehensive national freight policy and National Freight Strategic Plan to improve US economic competitiveness. FHWA approval of State freight plans is only a requirement with respect to qualifying for higher federal match for freight projects.

    Current Status: To date, one state freight plan has been received for review. In October 2012, US DOT published draft guidance in the Federal Register regarding State freight plans. Final guidance is expected in the coming months. In addition, FHWA held a Talking Freight webinar in March to address questions by States seeking to develop or revise State freight plans for federal review. "Talking Freight" is a series of technical webinars and dialogues for the public.

  • Section 1120 – Projects of National and Regional Significance (PNRS) — MAP-21 authorized for appropriation in FY 2013 $500 million for PNRS projects and expanded the number of eligible PNRS applicants, reduced the floor on total project costs, and modified evaluation criteria. MAP-21 also required USDOT to develop a Report to Congress on PNRS by October of 2014. The Report will include a list of potential PNRS projects, compiled from a survey of State departments of transportation, and will be accompanied by an analysis of the information collected and recommendations on financing for eligible project costs.

    Current Status: FHWA published the process for the PNRS survey in the Federal Register in May 2013. The survey will be conducted in the fall of 2013. Additionally, OST and FHWA are determining the need for a rulemaking to adjust the eligibility and evaluation criteria of the current PNRS regulations to meet the MAP-21 changes. PNRS was not funded in the FY13 appropriations.

  • Section 1203 – National Performance Management Measure for Freight — MAP-21 requires US DOT to establish performance measures and standards for States to use to assess freight movement on the Interstate System. This rulemaking is to begin by March 2014. Each State will set performance targets that reflect the freight performance measures. USDOT intends to include these measures in the Freight Conditions and Performance Report.

    Current Status: In the fall of 2012, US DOT held a national on-line dialogue on performance measures, a national freight forum and outreach sessions with key stakeholder groups to get input on possible measures. FHWA is currently developing the performance measures Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for public comment. The NPRM is expected to be published in late 2013 or early 2014.

  • Section 1401 – Jason's Law Truck Parking Study — MAP-21 requires a study to be completed within 18 months of enactment of MAP-21 and made available on a public web site. The Study will evaluate each state’s ability to supply adequate truck parking facilities, an assessment of truck volumes in each state, and development of metrics measuring the adequacy of truck parking facilities in each state.

    Current Status: In June FHWA published a Federal Register notice regarding the survey process. The survey will be conducted this summer and fall and a metrics workshop will be held in the fall. FHWA will ask key stakeholder groups, along with FHWA Division Offices, to help support data collection for the study.

  • Section 1405 – Highway Worker Safety — Directs FHWA to modify section 630.1108(a) of title 23, Code of Federal Regulations (the Work Zone Rule, Subpart K: Temporary Traffic Control Devices) to ensure that positive protective measures are used to separate workers on highway construction projects from motorized traffic in all work zones that satisfy certain criteria (e.g., no means of escape such as tunnels and bridges).

    Current Status: FHWA has initiated development of a rulemaking to make the revisions specified in MAP-21. As part of the rulemaking process FHWA must conduct a cost-benefit analysis to estimate the impact of the revisions. FHWA has completed the analysis and it is currently being reviewed by the relevant offices within FHWA and the Office of the Secretary before further action is taken. Contact Paul Pisano (Paul.Pisano@dot.gov) for more information.

  • Section 1511 – Special Permits During National Emergencies — MAP-21 amends Section 127 of Title 23, USC to allow a State to issue special permits during periods of national emergency to overweight vehicles and loads that can easily be dismantled or divided. Prior to October 1, 2012, Special Permits for vehicles and loads operating in excess of Federal weight limitations on the Interstate System were only available for those loads that were not easily dismantled or divided (non-divisible loads).

    Current Status: On September 24, 2012, FHWA issued guidance on Special Permits authorized by Section 1511. In June 2013 FHWA issued clarifying guidance on Special Permits. FHWA is also undertaking outreach and sharing of best practices in permitting.

  • Section 1512(a) – Tolling — Provides a complete replacement for the statutory language of 23 U.S.C. 129(a). The new language makes a number of significant changes to the program, including tolling eligibilities; requirements for tolling agreements; and requiring audits to ensure compliance with requirements on the use of toll revenues.

    Current Status: On July 6, 2012, the President signed into law P.L. 112-141, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The Express Lanes Demonstration Program (ELDP) was authorized under Section 1604(b) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU); it expired on September 30, 2012. The five tolling agreements that were executed by FHWA and project sponsors under this program will continue in force. Projects for which slots were allocated but still not subject to an agreement should proceed under Section 129.

    The Value Pricing Pilot Program (VPPP) was first authorized under the Section 1012(b)(8) of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), and was subsequently amended under other laws, most recently in Section 1604(a) of SAFETEA-LU. MAP-21 does not make any changes to this program. While no additional funds are authorized after Fiscal Year 2012 for the discretionary grant component of this program, FHWA's ability to enter into cooperative agreements for tolling projects under the VPPP will continue in force. Of the 15 slots authorized for this program, seven have been permanently reserved for States that have executed tolling cooperative agreements under the VPPP.[5] The remaining eight slots are currently reserved for State agencies that are undertaking studies or non-toll projects under the program. Once these studies or projects have been completed, these slots will become available for use by any States with eligible tolling projects under the program, at the discretion of the Secretary.

    A number of congestion pricing strategies, including HOV to HOT conversion and the construction of priced express lanes, can now be accommodated under the Section 129 general tolling program and the Section 166 HOV/HOT lanes program. FHWA prefers that the two mainstream programs be used where possible as opposed to the pilot programs. As a result, requests for tolling authority under the VPPP will be limited to situations that cannot be accommodated under the mainstream tolling programs, such as the pricing of existing toll-free facilities without substantial reconstruction of those facilities.

    The Interstate System Construction Toll Pilot Program (ISCTPP) was authorized under Section 1604(c) of SAFETEA-LU. To date, only one of the three slots authorized under this program has been reserved[3] and no projects have received final acceptance into the program or executed tolling agreements. The ISCTPP, which expires on August 9, 2015, was not directly affected by MAP-21. However, MAP-21 does amend Section 129 to include the initial construction of any highway, whether on or off the Interstate System, as an eligible activity for tolling. As this pilot program has thus been effectively mainstreamed under the general tolling program, FHWA will no longer be accepting applications for this program. Division Offices should direct project sponsors interested in constructing new Interstate highways, bridges, or tunnels as toll facilities to the requirements under Section 129. Contact Wayne Berman (Wayne.Berman@dot.gov) for more information.

  • Section 1512(b) – Tolling — Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) Interoperability: Not later than 4 years after the date of enactment of MAP-21, all toll facilities on the Federal-aid highways shall implement technologies or business practices that provide for the interoperability of electronic toll collection programs

    Current Status: Continue monitoring developments by the toll industry to achieve ETC interoperability.

  • Section 1514 – HOV Facilities (23 U.S.C. 166) — Replaces Section 102(a) of 23 USC with a new Section 166, clarifying the operation of high occupancy vehicle (HOV) facilities and provides more exceptions to vehicle occupancy requirements. A State agency that has jurisdiction over the operation of a HOV facility must establish the occupancy requirements of vehicles operating the facility. Except as provided otherwise in this new section, no fewer than two occupants per vehicle may be required for use of a HOV facility. Motorcycles and bicycles must be allowed to use HOV facilities unless a State certifies that such use would create a safety hazard. Until February 28, 2010, States may permit vehicles certified and labeled as Inherently Low-Emission Vehicles (ILEV), in accordance with Sections 88.311-93 & 88.312-93 of CFR 40, to use HOV facilities. States may also establish exceptions for public transportation vehicles, certified low emission and energy efficient vehicles, and High Occupancy Toll (HOT) vehicles. Tolls under this section may be charged on both Interstate and non-Interstate facilities.

    To void the need for potential corrective action, States are encouraged to work with their local FHWA Division Office before allowing HOT, alternative fuel, or low emission and energy-efficient vehicles (i.e., hybrid vehicles), that do not meet minimum occupancy requirements, to use HOV facilities. When HOT and low emission and energy-efficient vehicles are allowed to use HOV lanes, States are required to annually certify that operational performance monitoring programs and enforcement programs are in place to ensure HOV facilities are not degraded and are operated in accordance with the restrictions and requirements of 23 U.S.C. 166. States must limit or discontinue the use of the facility by a sufficient number of HOT and/or low emission and energy-efficient vehicles, if the operation of the facility has degraded.

    Current Status: On May 24, 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement elements of the SAFETEA-LU Section 1121 (23 U.S.C. 166) to provide exemptions for vehicles certified as low emission and energy-efficient for use in high occupancy vehicle lanes. HOV Program Guidance has been updated with MAP-21 inclusions, and was published in November 2012. The site is http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freewaymgmt/hovguidance/index.htm. As part of the recent passed extensions, the low emission and energy-efficient vehicle exemption provision has been extended through September 30, 2017. Contact Neil Spiller (Neil.Spiller@dot.gov) for more information.

  • Section 1519 – Consolidation of Programs — Directs FHWA to carry-out the following four activities safety-related activities: Operation Lifesaver, Work Zone Safety Grants, the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse, and the Public Road Safety Clearinghouse.

    Current Status: The Office of Operations is responsible for two of those four programs: Work Zone Safety Grants and the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse. Both efforts are currently going through the procurement process; award is anticipated by late FY13 or early FY14. Contact Paul Pisano (Paul.Pisano@dot.gov) for more information.

  • Section 1529 – Engineering Judgment — Requires that the Secretary issue guidance to clarify that the standards, guidance, and options for the design and application of traffic control devices provided in the MUTCD should not be considered a substitute for engineering judgment.

    Current Status: A revision was made to the 2009 MUTCD (Final Rule published 5/14/12) that modified the definition of the term "standard", and restored language from the 2003 edition of the MUTCD relating to engineering judgment. The statement "Standard statements shall not be modified or compromised based on engineering judgment or engineering study", was removed from the definition of the term "standard". In addition, the following language was restored under Section 1A.09 of the MUTCD:

    "The decision to use a particular device at a particular location should be made on the basis of either an engineering study or the application of engineering judgment. Thus, while this Manual provides Standards, Guidance, and Options for design and applications of traffic control devices, this Manual should not be considered a substitute for engineering judgment. Engineering judgment should be exercised in the selection and application of traffic control devices, as well as in the location and design of roads and streets that the devices complement."

    With these revisions to the 2009 MUTCD, the objectives of Section 1529 of MAP-21 are considered satisfied and no further action is required. Contact Chung Eng (Chung.Eng@dot.gov) for more information.

  • Section 1539 – Rest Areas — Among other things, Section 1539 allows the installation of signs that acknowledge the sponsorship of rest areas and requires the Secretary to establish criteria for the installation of such signs.

    Current Status: Criteria for both the design and placement of rest area sponsorship acknowledgment signs are currently included in FHWA Order 5160.1 and the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). The current criteria for sponsorship acknowledgement signs have been assessed to determine if any enhancements may be appropriate. Based on this assessment, substantive revisions to language in FHWA Order 5160.1 concerning acknowledgement signs and plaques are proposed. An update to FHWA Order 5160.1 is anticipated during FY 2013. Contact Kevin Sylvester (Kevin.Sylvester@dot.gov) for more information.

  • Section 32801 – Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study — Provisions in MAP-21 require US DOT to conduct a study addressing differences in safety risks, infrastructure impacts, and the effect on levels of enforcement between trucks operating at or within federal truck size and weight (TSW) limits and trucks legally operating in excess of federal limits; comparing and contrasting the potential safety and infrastructure impacts of alternative configurations (including configurations that exceed current federal TSW limits) to the current Federal TSW law and regulations; and, estimating the effects of freight diversion due to these alternative configurations. A Report is due to Congress by November 15, 2014. The Study includes an extensive public outreach process. Following completion of the technical studies in early 2014 and peer review, US DOT will begin drafting a Report to Congress.

    Current Status: In summer 2012, US DOT convened a multi-modal "Policy Oversight Group" to help guide the Study. A FHWA Truck Size & Weight Working Group was also created to lay out the scope of the study, manage the schedule, secure the necessary technical expertise, and write the report. FHWA contracted with CDM Smith in April for technical support. On May 29, 2013, the first Public Input Meeting was held at USDOT in Washington, DC. More than 80 stakeholders attended the event while more than 240 stakeholders and stakeholder groups participated via the webinar service that was offered. This session concentrated on receiving input from stakeholders on the proposed data sets, analytical models and methods that are available and appropriate for use in completing the Study. FHWA also sought input to identify three additional "alternative configurations" to be included in the Study. Work is currently underway synthesizing the public input, analyzing alternative configurations, developing a list of prior studies to review and scheduling the next public meeting for the fall of 2013.

  • Section 32802 – Compilation of Existing State Truck Size and Weight Limit Laws — MAP-21 requires FHWA, within 90 days of enactment, to begin work on the compilation of three "state-by-state lists": (1) A list of National Highway System (NHS) routes that allow trucks to operate over federal size and weight limits; (2) A list of limits in place, on an NHS segment basis, allowing sizes and weights in excess of federal limits and a description of truck configurations operating under such authority; (3) A list of state laws allowing trucks to exceed federal size and weight limits, including under a non-divisible load permit. A Report to Congress on this work must be completed by October 2014.

    Current Status: FHWA began work on this provision in the summer of 2012 by consulting with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials on approaches for compiling the required information. FHWA will procure the services of a contractor with extensive expertise in compiling laws and regulations. This work will then be verified by key associations that represent States. Currently, a Request for Information is being prepared to procure contractor services.

  • DOT Freight Policy Council — In the fall of 2012, US DOT announced the creation of a US DOT Freight Policy Council (FPC) to coordinate implementation of MAP-21's freight provisions. This group of senior leaders from DOT's operating administrations and the Office of the Secretary is supported by a multimodal team tasked with implementing MAP-21 freight provisions in a coordinated, multimodal manner. In developing the National Freight Strategic Plan, the FPC will actively solicit the advice and recommendations of State departments of transportation and State freight advisory committees, as well as other federal agencies and interagency committees.

    Current Status: The US DOT Freight Policy Council continues to meet. Individual members are soliciting input for the National Freight Strategic Plan by conducting forums around the country. In May 2013, the Deputy Secretary participated in a freight roundtable convened by members of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

  • National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) — US DOT established a NFAC. The NFAC will provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary on matters related to freight transportation in the United States, including (1) implementation of the freight transportation requirements of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (P.L. 112-141); (2) establishment of the National Freight Network; (3) development of a National Freight Strategic Plan; (4) development of strategies to help States implement State Freight Advisory Committees and State Freight Plans; (5) development of measures of conditions and performance in freight transportation; (6) development of freight transportation investment, data, and planning tools; and (7) legislative recommendations.

    Current Status: US DOT recently announced the selection of members to serve on the NFAC. An initial meeting was held on June 25, 2013 at USDOT headquarters in Washington, DC. Subcommittees are currently being formed.

SAFETEA-LU Addendum

SAFETEA-LUT, the Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act: a Legacy for Users, authorizing funds for Federal-aid Highways, highway safety programs, transit and other purposes, requires a number of actions to be handled by the Office of Operations. These include the following:

  • Section 1201 – Real Time System Management Information Program — Requires the establishment of a real-time system management information program to provide, in all States, the capability to monitor, the traffic and travel conditions of the nation's major highways and to share that information with State and local governments and the traveling public. The purpose of the program is to improve the security of the surface transportation system, to address congestion problems, to support improved response to weather events and surface transportation incidents, and to facilitate national and regional highway traveler information. The program will also identify longer range real-time highway and transit monitoring needs and develop plans and strategies for meeting such needs.

    Current Status: Final Rule was published in November 2010 and codified as 23 CFR Part 511. Interim guidance on data exchange formats to facilitate sharing of program information was published October 2007 in the Federal Register, and a new task is using a system engineering approach to develop guidance to be available in October 2013 for using the Data Exchange Formats. See the web site at www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/1201 for more information.

  • Section 6001 – Transportation Planning – Operations — Metropolitan transportation plans shall include operational and management strategies to improve the performance of the existing transportation facilities to relieve vehicular congestion and maximize the safety and mobility of people and goods. The requirement for the inclusion of operational and management strategies must be in place prior to MPO adoption of transportation plans addressing SAFETEA-LU provisions. Congestion Management Processes in Transportation Management Areas (TMAs): there must be "a process that provides for effective management and operation" to address congestion management. Management and Operations Planning Factor: The metropolitan transportation plan shall provide for consideration of projects and strategies that will "(G) promote efficient system management and operations."

    Current Status: Guidebooks for the Congestion Management Process (CMP) and Management & Operations in the MTP were disseminated to the public in May 2008 with an extensive outreach program that was conducted for the remainder of the calendar year that included workshops and numerous presentations provided. As a result of the dialogue that occurred in discussing these documents, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) have developed a consolidated guidebook that illustrates how the CMP and M&O provisions working together can provide the legislative basis for advancing an outcomes driven, performance based approach to Operations in the metropolitan planning process. This consolidated guidebook, "Advancing Planning for Operations: An Objectives-Driven, Performance-Based Approach — A Guidebook" has been completed with the document available for distribution.

    In addition to the completion of the consolidated guidebook, FHWA and FTA have also collaborated in the creation of a Model Transportation Plans Desk Reference document. This Desk Reference document showcases types of outcomes driven Operations Objectives and Operations focused Performance Measures that MPO organizations can utilize to advance a strategic focus of Operations in their Planning processes. The Model Plan document utilizes the above mentioned Guidebook as the approach to advance achieving compliance with Section 6001. The Model Plans Desk Reference document has been completed with the document available for distribution. Contact Wayne Berman (Wayne.Berman@dot.gov) for more information.

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