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NOCoE News: Workforce Resources

Plus, the 2024 TSMO Awards are open for submissions
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May 30, 2024

Table of Contents

Featured Resources
University Case Studies
2024 TSMO Awards
TSMO Research Submissions
Upcoming Webinars
Recent On-Demand Learning
TSMO in the News
Industry News

Featured Resources

Coffee Break TSMO: Eric Rensel on Expanding the Workforce

NOCoE TSMO Workforce Development Resources webpage

TSMO Workforce Development Resources

NOCoE has curated TSMO workforce development resources available across the industry, from U.S. DOT and the National Network for the Transportation Workforce to formalized training programs. Learn more in the following series of webpages.
Attracting Non-Traditional Workers Into the TSMO Workforce

Attracting Non-Traditional Workers Into the TSMO Workforce

White Paper Highlights

  • There are many categories of non-traditional workers that could be attracted to the transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) industry.
  • Transportation organizations could benefit from hiring non-traditional workers through higher retention rates.
  • There are several examples of how transportation and non-transportation organizations are changing the culture of work and trying to attract non-traditional workers.
  • A variety of strategies are provided as “starter” ideas for piloting methods for attracting non-traditional workers.
Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Training Best Practices

Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Training Best Practices

White Paper Highlights

  • The benefits from investing in transportation systems and management (TSMO) strategies and technologies can be significant. To maximize the benefits, a diverse, well-trained workforce is required, especially as technology advancements continue to accelerate.

  • Several themes emerged when investigating TSMO training best practices that can be applied to other organizations. One example includes actively engaging local universities and technical colleges that specialize in adult learning techniques to develop and deliver curriculum and training materials.

  • Several TSMO training examples, categorized by professional and paraprofessional have been included to provide additional perspective on best practices.

Transportation Operations Manual First Edition now available

DOTs Receive 5 Free Licenses of the TOM with Their AASHTO Membership

How to Access:
  1. Contact your DOT library about obtaining seats
  2. If you don't know who to contact, then contact Nick Ramfos:

Transportation Technology Tournament: Past Winners

2023 TTT Winner Document

2023 TTT Winner: Florida International University & Florida Atlantic University "Intelligent Transport Titans"

Challenge Problem: Decision support tool for pattern recognition to support signal control.
2022 TTT Winner document

2022 TTT Winner: University of Michigan

Challenge Problem: Corktown Last-mile Transit Challenge (MDOT and Michigan Central Team, Ford Motor Company).
2021 TTT Winner document

2021 TTT Winner: University of Massachusetts - Lowell

Challenge Problem: Turning existing camera video into traffic sensors.

2024 TSMO Awards

2024 TSMO Awards Submissions Are Now Open
The NOCoE TSMO Awards celebrate the TSMO strategies and tools that leverage existing infrastructure to increase safety and reliability. Each year, NOCoE awards winners in four award categories and one Overall Winner chosen from those four categories.

Winners are celebrated at an industry event and their work is featured via NOCoE's partners and other industry leaders.

Most award submissions are also turned into NOCoE Case Studies, which form a library of TSMO strategies, tactics, and best practices that can be shared with other TSMO practitioners and organizations.
Category description for 2024 TSMO Awards category Best TSMO Project

Previous Best TSMO Project Winners:

2023: Maryland DOT for their "I-270 Innovative Congestion Management (ICM) Ramp Metering"

2022: New Jersey DOT for their "Improvements to Route 1 Using TSMO"

2021: Pennsylvania DOT for their "TSMO Performance Program and Traffic Operations Analytics Tool"
Category description for 2024 TSMO Awards category Agency Improvement

Previous Agency Improvement Winners:

2023: Texas DOT for their "TxDOT TSMO Program - From Planning to Implementation"

2022 Co-Winner: Manatee County for their "Expansion of TSMO Capabilities to Enhance Multimodal Safety Operation"

2022 Co-Winner: Florida DOT for their "Central Office TSMO Implementation Plan"

2021: North Carolina DOT for their "TIM Training Track"
Category description for 2024 TSMO Awards category Emerging Practices and Technologies

Previous Emerging Practices and Technologies Winners:

2023: Arizona DOT for their "Applying Emerging Technologies to the Arizona DOT Traveler Information Program"
Category description for 2024 TSMO Awards category Traffic Signals
Nominate a leader for the 2024 Joey Sagal TSMO Leadership Award
Since 2019, NOCoE has named a TSMO Champion, an individual who has made significant contributions to advancing TSMO both inside their organization and within the industry at-large. The award is given via nominations from the industry, and then nominees are ranked by the leadership of the NOCoE partnership organizations.

This year, NOCoE has renamed the award to the Joey Sagal TSMO Leadership Award. The award will maintain the same criteria and process as before and add a few items reflecting Joey Sagal’s legacy in the industry. Full criteria for nominees will be:
  • Advancing TSMO inside their organization(s)
  • Advancing TSMO across the country or within the industry at-large
  • Demonstrated contributions across areas of TSMO, from road side assistance and TIM to project delivery and organizational management
  • Demonstrated workforce development for personnel, including via career planning, training, or organizational culture

TSMO Research Submissions

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

Upcoming Webinars

Coffee Break TSMO June 2024 webinar
Opportunities for Traffic Management Systems to Share Information on Incidents webinar
Talking TIM June 2024 webinar

Road Weather Management Roundtable Series

This roundtable provides a platform for focused discussions on topics related to Road Weather Management, allowing each DOT to contribute and learn from one another's experiences and insights. To ensure the agenda aligns with your interests, we kindly request that you submit your top-three topics by Wednesday, May 29th to Topics can be anything related to Road Weather Management (weather resources and issues, technology and equipment, innovations and research, etc). The roundtables are for attendance by DOTs only so there will be no vendors, consultants or other entities permitted.
Map of Road Weather Roundtable Regions
Eastern Region
Date: Monday, June 3, 2024
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am EST

Pacific/Western Region
Date: Monday, June 3, 2024
Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm PST (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST)

Northern/Midwest Region
Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am CST (9:00 am – 10:30 am EST)

Southern Region
Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm CST (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST)

Recent On-Demand Learning

Instructions on how to access most recent resources on NOCoE website

TSMO in the News

Highway Contractors Say Work Zone Crashes Rising (AASHTO Journal)
GHSA Issues Advanced Traffic Safety Grants to Three States (AASHTO Journal)
When driving on the wrong side of the road is the right way to speed up traffic (NPR)

Industry News

US DOT web page about SMART Grants Program

SMART Grants Program FY24 NOFO Launch

The U.S. DOT launched the next SMART Grant Stage 1 NOFO today! Public agencies have until July 12, 2024 to apply with innovative tech demo projects for safer, more resilient communities and join the 93 SMART projects already in progress. This will be the last Stage 1 NOFO for the SMART program as currently appropriated.

There will be a ‘How to Apply’ webinar on May 28th, 2024. Sign up on the SMART Program website.
SMART Grants Program logo U.S. DOT Logo

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.


About the National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE)

NOCoE provides services to the transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) community to saves lives, improve travel times, and enhance economic vitality. With an emphasis on workforce development, NOCoE aims to assist in the deployment of technologies and the mainstreaming of TSMO solutions by fostering education, networking, communication, and knowledge transfer.

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