CTSO TSMO Roundtable Webinar: TSMO Project Selection & Prioritization Best Practices

AASHTO Committee on Transportation System Operations

The Committee on Transportation Systems Operations (CTSO) and the National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) are pleased to announce a new CTSO TSMO Roundtable Webinar hosted by NOCoE. The next roundtable, TSMO Project Selection & Prioritization Best Practices, takes place on Monday, November 2, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST.

The roundtable will provide peers an opportunity to share experiences on how specific TSMO projects are selected to meet the root needs of mobility, safety, and congestion (recurrent versus nonrecurrent). Key questions that will be considered will include: Of the many TSMO strategies that exist, which ones should be applied? How can I maximize the effectiveness of TSMO strategies I currently employ? What strategies produce greater (synergistic) benefits when combined with other strategies?

The panel will be moderated by Monica Harwood from the Washington State DOT. Panelists include:

  • Tracy Scriba, FHWA
  • Kelli Raboy, DC DOT
  • Jed Falgren, Minnesota DOT
  • Rod Schilling, Nevada DOT
  • Don Gutkowski, Wisconsin DOT

Speaker bios:

Tracy Scriba (FHWA): Tracy Scriba is the Team Leader for the Planning and Organizing for Operations Team in the Office of Operations at the Federal Highway Administration. She leads efforts to advance and mainstream transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) through organizational capabilities and culture, professional capacity building, planning and programming, and performance-based system and demand management. She has also served as the Program Manager leading implementation of all the Reliability products developed under the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2). Prior to that she served as Work Zone Program Manager at FHWA, and worked for over 10 years as a consultant on transportation and environmental issues. She holds a systems engineering degree from the University of Virginia.

Donald Gutkowski (Wisconsin DOT): As the Director of WisDOT Bureau of Traffic Operations, Don leads and directs statewide traffic policy, state traffic management center, guidance manuals on ITS, incident management, work zone management, safety, traffic signal and electrical management. A former Director of WisDOT’s central office Bureau of Planning and Economic Development, Don managed and directed the development of statewide planning policy, economic development analysis, transportation economic assistance grant program, traffic forecasting, state freight planning, and facilitating Wisconsin TIP, STIP work plan. A former Northwest Regional director of WisDOT’s largest region in the state, Don managed and lead a staff of 195 employees and responsible for the planning, programing, delivery and operations of a $130 million annual transportation program. Don has directed several majors projects, including the US 53 Bypass in Eau Claire County, the WIS 64 four-lane project in St. Croix County and the continued four-lane expansion of WIS 29 to I-94. Don holds a degree in Agriculture Engineering from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Marquette University. He is also a Professional Engineer in the state of Wisconsin.

Monica Harwood (Washington DOT): Monica Harwood is a Statewide Traffic Operations Engineer for the Washington State Department of Transportation. She is responsible for furthering the implementation of Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) within WSDOT and with its partner agencies, working to more efficiently utilize our existing transportation systems.

Rod Schilling (Nevada DOT): Mr. Rod Schilling, has been with the Nevada Department of Transportation since March of 1999. Past experience includes 13 years of construction along with 4 years in the United States Navy. His career with the Department includes time working in Roadway Design, Materials and the Traffic Operations Division where he currently is working as the Assistant Chief of Traffic Operations. Rod has background working with a multitude of varying projects and programs within the department. Most recently he has been involved in the departments statewide strategic data governance plan, the launch of the department’s first TSMO Program Plan this past June, along with Performance Measures and Health Index of ITS Assets as the project champion for the TMC PFS. With the significance of integrating planning, management and operation to maximize benefits to the public and improve safety. For all these reasons, we are working to break the silos and work together to improve safety, reliability and efficiency of the transportation system. These tools and strategies will help us prioritize funding, implement innovative/technology-driven solutions, and improve safety and congestion. The overall goal for improved availability of mobility data is to support planning, operations, and performance measure activities. Rod is a graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno with a BS in Civil Engineering and has his Professional Engineering License with the State of Nevada. He is also a registered Professional Traffic Operations Engineer with the Transportation Professional Certification Board.

Kelli Raboy (DC DOT): Kelli Raboy serves as the ITS Program Manager for the District Department of Transportation, managing a team to plan, design, and implement technologies and strategies to enhance transportation system operations in the District of Columbia. Previously she worked in various roles supporting USDOT efforts in ITS and connected and automated vehicle applications, including management and design of simulation and field experiments, policy and technical analysis, and stakeholder outreach. She holds an MS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, and a BS in Mathematics and a BA in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jed Falgren (MinnDOT): Jed Falgren is the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s State TSMO Director since January 2020. In 2012 he became District 7’s Maintenance Engineer and served as the State Maintenance Engineer in 2019. Prior to returning to MnDOT in 2012, he worked for 17 years in manufacturing. After graduating from North Dakota State University he began work with MnDOT in 1989 working primarily as a construction project engineer. Jed and his wife Michelle live in Mankato Minnesota and have raised six children. In his free time, Jed enjoys football and basketball officiating.

Organizational Capability Element

  • Planning
  • Programming/Budget/Funding
  • Project Development
  • Scoping
  • Evaluation of Operations Strategies

Event Type

  • Webinar

Content Type

  • Presentation

Publishing Organization

  • NOCoE

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Issue Date
November 2nd, 2020
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