Keeping The Dialogue for TSMO Going: TSMO Program Plan Roundtable

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Start Date:

June 25, 2018 from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT


Keeping The Dialogue for TSMO Going  - State Departments of Transportation, Regional and Local Transportation agencies address TSMO using various methods – however, TSMO struggles to rise to a level of primary focus within these agencies.  In cases where TSMO has some visibility within an agency, it’s often vaguely weaved into the high-level agency goals or is a part of long list of projects/activities identified to address a specific issue, but not mainstreamed into the agency’s business architecture.

TSMO program plan lays out the important role of TSMO in the agency. It describes what the TSMO program seeks to accomplish, including strategic goals, objectives, and focus areas. As importantly, it describes how the organization is structured and how work is accomplished toward those objectives, who is involved and their roles; and what resources are needed and will be deployed. It may also include identification of investment priorities to support desired performance outcomes.  TSMO program planning also sustains a TSMO mission within the agency and helps to ensure effective delivery of TSMO program services.

FHWA, AASHTO, the National Operations Center of Excellence NOCoE are sponsoring a series of TSMO Program Plan Development Roundtables.  The Development of TSMO Program Plans was the number item called out as an item to pursue from the SHRP2 Reliability (L06) effort –the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) workshops, which assisted agencies in gauging their TSMO state of practice and the development of an implementation plan to advance operations in their respective states and regions.  Many of these agencies have developed TSMO Program Plans and/or developed procedures to deliberately integrate TSMO into their existing business processes and have participated in past roundtable – the recordings are here.

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The sponsoring agencies are partnering with a few transportation agencies (States and MPOs) from across the country that are at various stages in their TSMO Program Plan development and/or have substantially integrated TSMO Program Plan elements into their existing business processes.  These agencies will speak on issues encountered as they developed and used their plans to facilitate the integration and mainstreaming of TSMO within their agency.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify peer agencies that have developed TSMO Program Plans and/or integrated TSMO Program Plan elements into their existing plans and procedures
  • Identify common issues encountered and their potential remedies to TSMO Program Plans to help mainstream TSMO in an agency




  • Daniel Grate, Transportation Systems Management Operations Specialist; FHWA Resource Center Operations Technical Service Team

Roundtable Members:

  • Douglas Tomlinson, P.E.  Chief, Traffic Operations PA Department of Transportation Bureau of Maintenance and Operations
    • Doug began working for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) in 1994.  His career has focused on various aspects of traffic operations and engineering including work zone traffic control, traffic signals, traffic calming, incident management, ITS, and TSMO.  He is currently the Chief of Traffic Operations with a focus on Planning and Operations.  Doug was a 2008 Graduate of the Operations Academy and was named ITS PA person of the year by the Pennsylvania chapter in 2013.  

  • Alex Wassman, P.E. Traffic Management and Operations Engineer MoDOT Highway Safety and Traffic Division
    • Alex Wassman graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in December 2006. He began his career at MoDOT three weeks later in January 2007. Alex spent his first five years with the roadway design department in St. Louis. He has spent the last 7 years working in traffic, ITS, and TSMO. In January 2016, Alex began his current role as a Traffic Management and Operations Engineer, where he provides statewide support for ITS, TSMO, Traffic Management Centers, and performance measure reporting.
  • John MacAdam, P.E., Ohio Department of Transportation - Traffic Management
    • John MacAdam is the Administrator of the Ohio DOT Office of Traffic Management. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University. He is a huge fan of using technology to make an impact. He was worked in ODOT Operations since 2005. John has been married to his wife almost as long as he has worked at ODOT. They have two amazing children: Landon and Ellie.  

Event Type:


Organizational Capability Element:

  • Planning

Operations Area of Practice:

  • Planning for Operations
  • Strategic Planning