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Regional Transportation System Management and Operations

Freeway Operations

2017 Mid-Year Committee Meeting Program

Jonsson Center, Wood’s Hole, MA

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

8:00 AM – 9:45 AM – Regional TSMO Subcommittee Meetings

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Freeway Operations Research Subcommittee

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Strategic Planning and Meetings Subcommittee

10:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Regional TSMO Subcommittee Meetings

11:00 AM – Noon Joint Subcommittee on Active Traffic Management

12:00 Noon – 12:45 PM – Regional TSMO Subcommittee Chairs / Research Subcommittee Meeting

1:00 PM – 4:30PM – Freeway Operations Committee Meeting

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Regional TSMO Committee Meeting (see draft agenda below)

4:45PM – 6:00 PM – Freeway Management and Operations Handbook Subcommittee

Regional TSMO Committee Meeting Agenda

  1. Welcome and self-introductions – Les Jacobson
    1. Paper Review – Les Jacobson
  1. Presentations
    1. Regional Traffic Signal Systems
    2. Freight
    3. Emerging TSMO –Related Topics
  1. 2018 Annual Meeting and Beyond
    1. Discussion of effective and innovative ways to engage attendees
    2. 2018 Sessions
  1. Upcoming Mid-Year Meetings
    1. Ideas for 2018 and beyond
  1. Preparation for Strategic Planning
    1. Organization of this meeting and Breakout sessions
    2. Regional TSMO specific strategic planning on Friday morning 
  1. Subcommittee Reports on Action Items (including liaison activities)
    1. Measuring and Quantifying Performance – Robert Winick
    2. Planning for Operations –Jocelyn Bauer
    3. Communication and Outreach – Jocelyn Bauer
    4. Data and Operations – Nikola Ivanov
    5. Regional Traffic Incident Management – Eileen Singleton and Pat Noyes
    6. Connected and Automated Vehicles – Tony Kratofil and Virginia Lingham
    7. Regional Traffic Signal Operations – Kevin Balke
    8. Freight – Richard Easley
    9. Regional Highway and Transit Integration – Bob Sheehan
    10. Sustainability – Keith McCabe
  1. Organizational Reports
    1. TRB – Rich Cunard
    2. ITE – Eric Rensel
    3. FHWA – John Corbin

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Freeway Operations and Regional TSMO Committees Joint Plenary Session

 1.     Welcome and self-introductions – Les Jacobson and Jon Obenberger

 2.     Introduction to Joint Strategic Planning Breakouts – Les Jacobson and Jon Obenberger

 3.     Presentations and discussion in support of the Breakout Sessions

a.      Connected Vehicles

b.     Big Data

c.      Interagency and System Integration

d.     Operations Support Mechanisms

 4.     Group breakout assignments and charge

a.      Current state of play

b.     Identify needs and issues

c.      Combine as needed

d.     Brainstorm ways to address each issue and identify actions

e.      Identify opportunities for joint Freeway Operations and Regional TSMO activities

f.      Assign priorities

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Breakout Sessions

1.     Connected Vehicles

2.     Big Data

3.     Interagency and System Integration

4.     Operations Support Mechanisms


Thursday, August 24, 2017

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Continue/Complete Breakout Session Discussions

1.     Connected Vehicles

2.     Big Data

3.     Interagency and System Integration

4.     Operations Support Mechanisms

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Freeway Operations and Regional TSMO Committees Joint Plenary Session

1.     Breakout Session Reports – Actions and activities, joint activities, priorities

a.      Connected Vehicles

b.     Big Data

c.      Interagency and System Integration

d.     Operations Support Mechanisms

2.     Fine tuning joint activities

3.     Prioritize joint activities

4.     Assign responsibilities and timelines

Friday, August 25, 2017

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Freeway Operations Committee Meeting on Strategic Planning

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Regional TSMO Committee Meeting on Strategic Planning (see draft agenda below)

Regional TSMO Committee Strategic Planning Agenda

  1. Welcome and self-introductions – Les Jacobson
  1. Review Current Version of the Committee Strategic Plan – Les Jacobson and Cathy McGhee
  1. Review Outcome of Breakout Sessions – Committee
  1. Identification of Additional Strategic Actions – Committee
  1. Update to Strategic Plan – Les Jacobson and Cathy McGhee
    1. Introduction
    2. Vision
    3. Mission
    4. Scope
    5. Organization (if additional subcommittees are needed as a result of breakout session discussion)
    6. TRB Critical Issues (This will be useful for the Triennial Plan)
    7. Goals - any updates needed for emerging issues, e.g. to address CV/AV issues or Cyber Security


Regional TSMO Group Photo at the 2017 TRB Annual Meeting
RTSMO members stop for a group photo a the 2017 TRB Annual Meeting 
(Top, L-R:  Bob Winick, Tony Kratofil, Ray Derr, Les Jacobson, Cathy McGhee, Lisa Burgess, Virginia Lingham. Lower, L-R: Nikola Ivanov, Jocelyn Bauer, Bob Sheehan, Eileen Singleton, Tom Jacobson)

Regional TSMO Committee Meeting at the 2017 TRB Annual Meeting
The Regional TSMO Committee is meeting on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. This will be a two-part meeting with a morning and afternoon session. The morning session will run from 10:15 - Noon; the afternoon session will start at 2:30 and end by 6:00 PM. Both meetings are at the Marriott Marquis, Supreme Court (M4).
RTSMO Subcommittee Meetings at the 2017 TRB Annual Meeting
All RTSMO Subcommittees are meeting in the Marriott Marquis Ballroom Salon 13 (M2) or Eastern Market (M3). Please see below and the individual Subcommittee pages for specific agendas and meeting materials.
Monday, January 9
Mon 3:45 - 5:30            Connected and Automated Vehicles - Eastern Market
Mon 7:30 - 9:30 PM       Regional Traffic Incident Management - Salon 13
Mon 7:30 - 9:30 PM       Active Traffic Management Joint Subcommittee - Supreme Court
Tuesday, January 10
Tues 8 AM - 9:45           Data for Transportation Operations and Measuring and Quantifying Performance (joint meeting) - Salon 13
Tues 10:15 - Noon         Sustainability - Salon 13
Tues 12:15 - 1:15          Joint Meeting of the RTSMO Subcommittee Chairs and Research Needs Subcommittee - Salon 13
Tues 1:30 - 3:15            Regional Highway and Transit Integration - Eastern Market
Tues 7:30 - 9:30 PM       Planning for Operations - Salon 13

Wednesday, January 11
10:15- Noon and 2:30-6:00 PM Full Committee Meeting - Supreme Court

Regional TSMO Co-sponsored Sessions and Workshops at the TRB 2017 Annual Meeting
Regional TSMO is a key sponsor of a number of sessions at 2017 Annual Meeting. The scope of operations encompasses a many different modes, perspectives and issues.
Here is a quick summary of Regional TSMO-sponsored sessions:

Coming Soon
RTSMO Triennial Strategic Plan
The 2014-2017 RTSMO Triennial Strategic Plan is complete. You can view and download a copy here.

Updating the plan will be the focus of the 2017 Mid-Year Meeting, scheduled for late August in Woods Hole, MA.
RTSMO Subcommittee Updates
Information will be posted as it is available prior to the meeting. Please be sure to check the individual Subcommittee pages (links on the left) for 2017 Subcommittee meetings including dates, times and locations. Regional TSMO Subcommittees meet in the Marriott.
Recent notable Subcommittee activities and updates.....
  • Communications subcommittee needs your help!  Friends and members please let us know if you can help. 

Regional TSMO Topics of Interest
The Regional TSMO Committee is implementing a new page on the site to provide links to various reports and programs that are of interest to regional operations and Committee focus areas. Click the tab on the left to access that page - and check back frequently for updates! The first document under Performance Monitoring is WSDOT's 2011 Congestion Report, also accessible here:  
Link up with Regional TSMO
Three new social media sites have been established for members, friends, and anyone with an interest in RTSMO:
  • "Like us" on Facebook, also under TRB RTSMO Committee (AHB10)
  • Tweet using #RTSMO
Committee Scope:
The Regional Transportation Systems Management and Operations Committee (AHB10) is concerned with regional transportation systems management to maximize transportation system performance in metropolitan areas, including coordinated and integrated decision-making approaches to operations and the harmonization of operations with planning, construction, preservation, and maintenance of transportation facilities.

Les Jacobson
(Committee Chair)
Vice President, Senior ITS Manager
Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.

Catherine C. McGhee
Director of Research
Virginia Transportation Research Center

Richard A. Cunard
(TRB Staff Representative)
Engineer of Traffic and Operations
Transportation Research Board

Erik Alm
Senior Transportation Planner

*Haitham M. Al-Deek
Professor of Engineering and Director of Transportation Systems Institute University of Central Florida (UCF)

Sina Bahrami
University of Toronto

Jocelyn Bauer
Senior Research Analyst
Philip M. Charles
Director, Centre for Transport Strategy
University of Queensland

Robert Clayton
Director of Traffic Management
Utah Department of Transportation

John Corbin
Director of Traffic Operations
Federal Highway Administration

Eddie J. Curtis, Jr.
Traffic Management Specialist and Operations Engineer
Federal Highway Administration

Richard B. Easley

E-Squared Engineering

Matthew Edelman
Executive Director

Phillip Freeze
Director, Traffic Operations
Tennessee Department of Transportation

Michael J. Harris
Senior Project Manager
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

David Huft
Research Program Manager
South Dakota Department of Transportation

Athena Hutchins
Executive Director
Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition

Tom H. Jacobs

Director, Center for Advanced
Transportation Technology
University of Maryland
Sarath Joshua

ITS and Safety Program Manager

Maricopa Association of Governments

Tony Kratofil
Metro Region Engineer
Michigan Department of Transportation

Kevin S. Lee
Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

Virginia R. Lingham
Program Manager    
Virginia Department of Transportation

Scott Marler
Director of Opeations
Iowa Department of Transportation

Keith McCabe
Managing Director
KAM Futures

Peter Terence McCombs


Traffic Design Group Ltd
Louis G. Neudorff
Principal Technologist - ITS
CH2M Hill
Pat Noyes
Pat Noyes & Associates
Deena Platman
Principal Transportation Planner
Metro Portland
Bob Sheehan
Program Manager
U.S. Department of Transportation 
Eileen M. G. Singleton
Senior Transportation Engineer
Baltimore Metropolitan Council
Bob Taylor
Project Manager
Gannett Fleming/GeoDecisions
Joseph Wanat
Director, Transportation Planning and Operations
Vanasse Hangen Bruslin, Inc.
*Robert M. Winick
Motion Maps, LLC
Emeritus Members
Wayne Berman
Team Leader
Federal Highway Administration
Walter Kraft
Vanasse Hangen Bruslin, Inc.
Young Members
Katie Blizzard
Transportation Analyst
Cambridge Systematics

Nikola Ivanov
Research Faculty, Engineer/Database Administrator
University of Maryland

Liaison Representative

Douglas E. Noble
Senior Director, Management and Operations
Institute of Transportation Engineers