Today more than ever, transportation agencies must find ways to operate the transportation network more reliably. Rising customer expectations for more dependable travel times and increased accountability coupled with a growing reliance on technology and big data, all with reduced resources, form an ever-changing environment. To help transportation agencies meet these challenges, the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) developed tools and training to advance transportation systems management and operations (TSMO). TSMO strategies help manage congestion, and are particularly effective for responding to congestion caused by unpredictable events such as inclement weather or crashes, which account for more than half of all congestion, increase safety risks, and create costly disruptions to travelers' plans. This session presents a retrospective on how agencies have implemented SHRP2 Reliability tools to evaluate their TSMO capabilities, improve business processes and workforce capabilities, consider travel time reliability in traffic and investment analysis, and enhance interagency collaboration for safer, more reliable system performance. The session will illustrate how SHRP2 Reliability has been transformational for operation of the transportation system and transportation agencies.
Brad Freeze, Tennessee Department of TransportationShow Abstract
Subrat Mahapatra, Maryland State Highway Administration
Raj Ponnaluri, Florida Department of Transportation
Scott Marler, Iowa Department of Transportation
Monica Harwood, Washington State Department of Transportation
Nicholas Compin, California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS)