Traffic congestion is an everyday fact of life, and it’s getting worse every day. Federal rules require that metropolitan planning organizations located in Transportation Management Areas (TMAs)develop and implement a Congestion Management Process (CMP) as part of the metropolitan transportation planning process. The TMA is defined as an urbanized area with a population over 200,000 (as determined by the latest decennial census).
The CMP offers tools and methods for tracking transportation-system performance. It also serves as a planning tool to help manage traffic congestion and offers a set of multi-modal solutions for addressing the growing problem of traffic congestion in our region. Primarily, the CMP is a way to:
- Monitor, measure and diagnose the causes of congestion on a region’s multi-modal transportation systems;
- Evaluate and recommend alternative strategies to manage or improve regional congestion; and
- Evaluate the performance of strategies put in practice to manage or improve congestion.
The Congestion Management Process is supported by the Congestion Management Committee, a subcommittee of the Transportation Technical Committee. The Congestion Management Committee had determined that they will focus on four (4) key areas. They are:
- Congestion Management Policy
- Transportation System Operations and Management
- Project/Program Development, and
- Transportation System Data
- Travel Demand Management – CommuteSmart
- Congestion Management Process – Report 2008 (<85MB)
- Transportation System Congested Status Reports
- Regional Thoroughfare Plan
- Transportation Data Center
- Transportation System Management & Operations