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NOCoE News: TSMO Research Ideas Open for Submission

Plus, resources for Monday's Total Solar eclipse are still available
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April 5, 2024

Table of Contents

Featured Resources
What's New Report
Upcoming Webinars
TSMO in the News
Industry News

Featured Resources

ROPS Database

TSMO Research Submissions Open Until July 14

The Research in Operations (ROPS) database is a centralized, online repository for sharing and rating new transportation operations research ideas. The National Operations Center of Excellence maintains and supports ROPS with support from AASHTO.

Ideas for TSMO-related research are welcome from practitioners across the transportation community, whether public or private.

If you have ideas for NCHRP research projects, please submit them to the Research in Operations (ROPS) Database before July 14, 2024:

Note: you will need to be logged in to your NOCoE account to submit.
How to Submit Your Idea
Graphics promoting the 2024 Solar Eclipse with an image of a solar eclipse

NOCoE Solar Eclipse Resources

The National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) has compiled a collection of resources, to support the upcoming Solar Eclipse taking place across North America on April 8, 2024.
The resources, including detailed presentations from NASA, FHWA, and special events experts, and a 2024 Solar Eclipse Communications Toolkit can be found here:
The eclipse will have path of totality crossing 15 U.S. states, from Texas to Maine, including many large metropolitan areas. As with the 2017 eclipse, it’s expected that the movement of both residents of the 15 states and incoming tourists will make April 8 into a large scale special event.
NOCoE resources also include lessons learned and case studies from the 2017 total solar eclipse and guidance on planning for next month’s eclipse.
It is not too late to plan! If you will be involved in the April 8 eclipse, it is important that you review these resources.

MAASTO - Eclipse - 2024

Watch a brief safety message on ways to prepare for the upcoming Eclipse.

What's New Report

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What's New at NOCoE Report

The NOCoE What's New Report, updated quarterly, covers all the recent NOCoE activities, publications, events, and news. Currently, the report features significant 2023 NOCoE activities, including workforce, peer exchange, webinar, and case study resources. You can read about NOCoE's accomplishments and how they are impacting the transportation industry and how we're working to advance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of TSMO practitioners. 

Upcoming Webinars

Using Geofencing to Actively Monitor, Collect, and Share Information
April 17, 2024

Empowering Tomorrow's Transportation Leaders: A Spotlight on Dynamic Workforce Training Resources
April 18th, 2024
Transportation Operations Manual (TOM) Series: Resources to Support the TOM
April 18th, 2024

Coffee Break TSMO: April 2024
April 30th, 2024

Road Weather Spotlight: Managing Low Visibility Events
May 1st, 2024
Using Geofencing to Actively Monitor, Collect, and Share Information Webinar
Empowering Tomorrow's Transportation Leaders: A Spotlight on Dynamic Workforce Training Resources webinar
Coffee Break TSMO: April 2024
Road Weather Spotlight: Managing Low Visibility Events

TSMO in the News

TxDOT Launches Pedestrian & Bike Safety Campaign (KIAH-TV)
Arkansas DOT prepares for flood of traffic during eclipse (KARK-TV)
States Prepare For Solar Eclipse Traffic Tie-Ups With Advanced Tech (Forbes)

Industry News

ITS America Conference and Expo website

ITS America Conference & Expo

 April 22-25, 2024
 Phoenix Convention Center, Arizona

Nomination form NOW open 2024 Operations Academy

2024 Operations Academy

The Operations Academy™ is a total immersion transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) program that has become the nationwide standard for TSMO training. It was developed in response to the increasing demand for personnel with skills in these areas and has trained over 650 professionals since the first class was held in March 2007.

The program uses a mix of classroom instruction, speakers, workshops, and analysis of existing systems to ensure the retention of the principles being presented. It provides opportunities to practice and internalize the principles learned which is not possible in traditional classes and short courses. The completion of this program represents a significant accomplishment for each participant.

The Nomination Form for the 2024 Operations Academy is NOW open.


The Congestion Relief Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

On February 21 2024, the Congestion Relief Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announced the availability of up to $50 million per Fiscal Year (FY). This is the program’s first NOFO covering three years (FY 2022 through FY 2024), totaling $150 million. The program is established in Section 129(d) of Title 23. The NOFO is published in,, or search using “693JJ324NF00009.” The application deadline is April 22, 2024.

The Congestion Relief Program will provide discretionary grant opportunities to States, metropolitan planning organizations, cities, and municipalities. The purpose of the program is to advance innovative, integrated, and multimodal solutions for congestion relief in the most heavily congested metropolitan areas of the United States, specifically for urbanized areas surpassing a population of 1 million people. The primary goal of the program is to reduce highway congestion and reduce the economic and environmental costs associated with that congestion. This would be achieved through several means, which include improving intermodal integration with highways; improving overall highway performance; reducing or shifting highway users to off-peak travel times or to non-highway travel modes during peak travel times; and pricing mechanisms. The minimum required amount for an award is $10 million with a minimum 20 percent non-Federal match.

An upcoming external webinar dedicated to providing details of the program and its NOFO is being scheduled.  We will follow up with the date and time along with a registration link for the event. This information will be updated in the listing as well. Additionally, our office will coordinate an internal webinar tailored to the select Division Offices covering the localities that are eligible under this program.

If you have any questions on the Congestion Relief Program, please contact program manager, Frank Corrado, at, 689-262-0211.

Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program

Department of Transportation
DOT Federal Highway Administration

This Notice of Funding Opportunity will result in the distribution of up to $44,550,000 for two different categories of grants: (1) Planning and Design Grants and (2) Construction Grants.

The Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program (ATIIP) projects will help improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of active transportation networks and communities; improve connectivity between active transportation modes and public transportation; enhance the resiliency of on- and off-road active transportation infrastructure and help protect the environment; and improve quality of life in disadvantaged communities through the delivery of connected active transportation networks and expanded mobility opportunities.

The ATIIP grants will allow communities to identify, prioritize, and implement improvements to the largest barriers to safe, accessible, and equitable pedestrian and bicycle network connectivity through the development of infrastructure that will provide substantial additional opportunities for walking and bicycling. Eligible organizations will be able to create plans or implement active transportation networks that connect destinations within or between communities or create plans or implement an active transportation spine connecting two or more communities, metropolitan regions, or States. The ATIIP also provides an opportunity for eligible organizations to enhance their overall transportation network by integrating active transportation facilities with transit services, where available, to improve access to public transportation.


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