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NOCoE News: FHWA ADS ConOps Webinar Recording

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June 15, 2023

Table of Contents

Featured Resources
The Workforce Portal
New Knowledge Center Resources
Recent Webinars
Upcoming Webinars
TSMO in the News
Industry News

Remembering Phil Tarnoff

Featured Resources

Roadway Automated Driving Systems Integration Concept of Operations for Transportation Agencies

Roadway Automated Driving Systems Integration Concept of Operations for Transportation Agencies

Since the fall of 2019, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has been engaging members of the transportation community in developing a concept of operations (ConOps) for roadway automated driving systems (ADS) integration specifically for use by transportation agencies in the United States. The ConOps offers a definitional framework for exploring and understanding the interaction of ADS with roadway infrastructure systems and the broader roadway environment.  The ConOps also suggests capabilities that will help transportation agencies prepare to safely, equitably, and efficiently integrate automation into the transportation system. Finally, the ConOps offers a structured knowledge resource to support federal, state, and local transportation entities in considering ongoing and future research activities.

This webinar includes a high-level overview of the ConOps document, including descriptions of how transportation professionals can use the ConOps to develop and evolve their organizational and system plans for ADS integration. Webinar participants were introduced to opportunities to apply and evaluate the ConOps as “prototype sites”, and will guide initial efforts to support national introduction and implementation of the ConOps. 

The Workforce Portal

Pipeline Program Case Studies

Pipeline Program Case Studies

In this white paper you will learn:

  1. About a wide range of training program models that could be adapted to support creation of sustainable TSMO workforce pipelines.
  2. About examples of successful transportation-oriented workforce pipeline programs that have been built by state DOTs and their partners.


• Apprenticeships and similar programs are valuable for recruiting diverse populations of potential workers to specific transportation occupations and career pathways.
• Apprenticeship, co-op/internship, and other training programs can be customized to address recruitment across the pipeline (K-12 to college and those transitioning from other careers) and for both paraprofessional and professional tracks.
• Successful programs require careful planning regarding recruitment, special supports for target populations, partnerships, and hiring pathways.


More Workforce Pipeline Resources

Assessing Pipeline Trends for Target Groups - Military
Defining the TSMO Workforce Pipeline
Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Workforce Pipeline - Expanding Opportunities

Five More New Workforce Resources

Attracting and Retaining Younger Workers in Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO)
Innovative Practices in Transportation Organizations to Support Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Workforce Development
Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Training Best Practices
Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Workforce Pipeline - Expanding Opportunities
Potential Federal Funding Sources for Advancing Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Workforce Development Activities

New Knowledge Center Resources

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Leading Practices in Modifying Agency Organization and Management to Accomodate Changing Transportation System Technologies

This report summarizes the findings from the scan “Leading Practices in Modifying Agency Organization and Management to Accommodate Changing Transportation System Technologies.” The purpose of the scan was to investigate and exchange information about how Departments of Transportation (DOTs) are changing their organizations, institutional arrangements, and management practices to improve transportation system performance through the implementation of new technologies and/or other innovative programs, while at the same time maintaining their traditional role in capital improvement, operations, and maintenance programs.


Applying Transportation Asset Management to Intelligent Transportation Systems

Peer Exchange Reports

New Peer Exchange Reports Available Now!


Recent Webinars

NCHRP 20-44(39) Implementation of Guidebook for Managing Data from Emerging Technologies

Upcoming Webinars

Crash Responder Safety Week All States Planning Governor's Proclamation

TSMO in the News

University Of Iowa Researching Use Of Automated Vehicles On Rural Roads
TDOT prepares for Bonnaroo traffic in Manchester
CTDOT Safety Patrol program helps drivers on Connecticut highways at no cost
Connecticut Governor Signs Legislation Expanding The Use Of Wrong-Way Driving Alert Systems
Pennsylvania transportation officials to lay out plans to repair and rebuild collapsed section of I-95

Industry News

FHWA Webpage Mainstreaming TSMO

FHWA's Webpage on Mainstreaming TSMO

Explore brochures, case studies, webinars and more resources to learn about Mainstreaming TSMO.
FHWA Webpage TSMO and Safety

FHWA's Webpage on TSMO and Safety

Explore brochures, case studies, webinars and more resources to learn about the coordination of Safety and TSMO.

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2023 ITE Annual Meeting
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Remembering Philip J. Tarnoff

Prepared by Steve Lockwood

Phil Tarnoff, the Founding Director of the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (CATT) at the University of Maryland, College Park, died on on June 1, 2023.  

Mr. Tarnoff was a leading figure in the development of urban traffic operations, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Transportation Systems Operations and Management (TSMO) for over 30 years. His career spanned many roles in the industry – consultant to transportation agencies, technology researcher, and systems product developer – as well as an educator. He made important contributions both to systems and technology and to defining the needed supportive institutional framework.

Mr. Tarnoff received a BS in electrical engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1962 and an MS in electrical engineering from New York University in 1964. He worked in research at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory from 1963 to 1966; as an engineer at Control Data Corporation from 1966 to 1967, and as manager of data processing at The Kelly Scientific Corporation from 1967 to 1971. He joined federal highways in 1971, serving as Managing Director of FHWA’s computerized traffic control research.

In 1977, Tarnoff joined PRC-Voorhees, overseeing a range of projects related to traffic control systems involving the development of interactive arterial analysis simulation and guidelines related to both hardware and software. He participated in numerous projects related to urban traffic signal systems – both computerized and conventional – for urban arterials and freeway control. In particular, he managed the design, implementation, operation, and maintenance of an operational traffic control system for both Washington DC and Melbourne Australia.

He left PRC Voorhees in 1984, founding Farradyne Systems to focus on ITS and system integration. The company was subsequently acquired by Parsons Brinckerhoff in 1992 and renamed PB Farradyne. While at Farradyne, Mr. Tarnoff was involved with numerous projects dealing with advanced technology, including the development of an advanced traffic signal control system, the TRANSMIT system, and toll tag-based traffic surveillance systems. He also participated in the development of the Autoscope video surveillance system, and the Pathfinder advanced traveler information system. (PB Farradyne was acquired by Telvent in 2006).

During this period, he expanded his focus to include defining the institutional framework needed to support improved traffic operations. He actively participated in the formation of Mobility 2000 -- the predecessor activity to the formation of ITS America in 1990.

In 1997, Tarnoff left PB Farradyne to take up the position as Founding Director of the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (CATT) at the University of Maryland, College Park. During the next 13 years, he supplied leadership for projects related to distance learning, ITS, incident response, emergency response and related communications systems, and mobility performance measurement. He was responsible for the provision of support to the Maryland State Highway Administration in connection with their acquisition of the CHART Advanced Traffic Management System. He also led a project that developed a wireless digital network for communications among transportation and law enforcement agencies for the Washington DC region.

During this period, he served as Chairman of the Maryland ITS Working Group, responsible for developing the first statewide ITS architecture through the definition, design, and implementation of an

interoperable network of ITS systems throughout the state. He was also active in ITS America’s Coordinating Council, the Strategic Planning Subcommittee, and the ITS Future’s Group. Phil was instrumental in re-thinking traffic monitoring and surveillance using 3rd party probe data (GPS equipped vehicle fleets, cellular geolocation or a combination of the two) for both freeways and signalized arterials. In 2005, he led the initiative to establish the cooperative arrangements with FHWA to establish the acclaimed Operations Academy Senior Management Program which continues to this day as a key resource in mainstreaming TSMO.

Following his retirement from the UMD in 2008, he served as the Chairman of the Board for Traffax Inc., a company that produced Bluetooth based equipment for accurately measuring travel times and origin-destinations of vehicular and pedestrian traffic and co-owned important patents. Traffax was instrumental developing applications of 3rd party probe data --– including application in the I-95 Corridor Coalition Vehicle Probe Project.

In 2011, he published the Road Ahead –subtitled “Why are we driving 21sty Century Cars on 20th Century Roads with 19th Century Thinking” which presented his perspective regarding necessary improvements in the Nation’s transportation programs to capitalize on new technology and systems, highlighting the dilemma of a system that is operated by agencies that emphasize construction rather than operations. The book contains a range of unique suggestions for restructuring the existing transportation industry built on his lifetime of relevant experience.


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