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NOCoE Announces 2nd Annual TSMO Award Winners

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The National Operations Center of Excellence Announces Winners for the 2nd Annual TSMO Awards


Georgia, North Carolina, Washington DOTs and Houston TranStar won for transportation operations projects and initiatives that save lives, time and money.

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 5, 2019 – The National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE), today announced the winners of the 2nd Annual NOCoE Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Awards.

They are: the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), and Houston TranStar.

These awards celebrate the expanding discipline of TSMO, which aims to get the most out of our existing transportation system by managing and operating networks in an efficient manner that emphasizes safety and mobility while empowering the workforce to operate the system.

Patrick Son, NOCoE managing director said, “After the initial excitement around last year’s inaugural awards, the TSMO industry has once again demonstrated the continued ability to capture their best work to share with the broader industry.”

NOCoE received 46 entries in the second year of these awards. Each entry showed creativity and highlighted the fantastic transportation management and operations work going on around the country. The number and quality of this year’s submissions addresses everything from running the Super Bowl to the management of big data, and also the preparation for connected and autonomous vehicles. Patrick Son said, “Our two new categories, focused on data management and workforce development, just demonstrated how adept the TSMO industry is at using emerging strategies and issues to immediately improve the transportation system.”

The NOCoE TSMO Awards were open to cities, counties, MPOs (RPO, COG), state DOTs and private sector organizations. Winners in each of the four categories highlighted a successful TSMO project undertaken in the last five years that provided a clear benefit to the traveling public.

Below are the NOCoE TSMO Award categories, the winners and runners up:


Agency Improvement: Use of Capability Maturity Model (CMM)

Winner: North Carolina DOT for their “Statewide Central Signal System Initiative”

Runner-up: Georgia DOT for “Georgia’s TSMO Maturity Drives a Safer and More Reliable Commute”


Best TSMO Project

Winner: Houston TranStar for their “Roadway Flood Warning System”

Runner-up: Arizona DOT for their “SR-51 Adaptive Ramp Metering”


Best Use of Management of Data to Improve TSMO

Winner: Georgia DOT for their entry on “Improving TSMO in Georgia Using Data”

Runner-up: City of Bellevue, WA for their entry on “Development of Bellevue Integration Map for Incident Management”


TSMO Workforce Development

Winner: Washington State DOT for their “TSMO Workforce Development Program”

Runner-up: Maryland DOT for their “SHA Organizational Modernization to Advance TSMO”


Each category winner will receive round-trip travel to attend the 2020 AASHTO Spring Meeting on May 26-29 in Kansas City, Missouri where they will be celebrated for their commitment to improving our nation’s transportation system.

Additionally, at the AASHTO Spring Meeting, an overall winner will be selected from among the four category winners and be presented with the NOCoE TSMO Award Trophy. Also, one individual will be honored with the annual TSMO Champion Award, who will be selected by the judges for advancing TSMO and changing the way people and organizations think about transportation.

Patrick Son stated, “Over the coming months, we will develop each of these fantastic submissions into case studies to continue our mission to transfer knowledge about TSMO throughout the industry.”

For additional information on the winning projects, please visit:

To see last year’s award submission case studies, go to:


About the National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE)

The mission of NOCoE is to empower the TSMO community to succeed by building its knowledge, skills and abilities. NOCoE supports practitioners who operate the nation’s transportation management systems, by connecting them with best-practices and experts to save lives, time and money. Born of a partnership of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) with support from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), we serve those in state departments of transportation, regional planning organizations, municipalities, local agencies as well as private sector organizations. For more information, please visit


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