Active Management entails improving system operations by moving from strategy application based on a fixed timeframe to one that is dynamic and adaptive to changing current and future conditions. TSMO involves implementing a set of strategies that improve an agency’s existing transportation system performance without a major capacity expansion and operating the available transportation assets at maximum efficiency. Active Management offers agencies a way to incrementally improve their TSMO operations regardless of their current level of effectiveness.
There are 4 steps in active management that create a continuous cycle:
1. Monitoring the System – Track the transportation system status using real-time and historic data and analysis tools.
2. Assessing System Performance – Measure system performance using the collected data and analysis tools to determine if system performance is at the desired level.
3. Evaluating and Recommending Dynamic Actions – Identify actions to improve the level of active management.
4. Implementing Dynamic Actions – Implement the recommended actions and continue to monitor the system.
For each step, there are 4 levels of active management:
- Static—strategy responses to variations in conditions are preset and updated based on the calendar (i.e., periodic reviews and updates), policy, or law.
- Reactive—strategy responses change when there are observed problems with the static plans. Limited, if any, real-time monitoring is in place at this level.
- Responsive—strategy adjustments occur in real time in response to changing conditions.
- Proactive—strategy responses are adjusted in anticipation of future conditions.
This webinar will present the active management cycle concept and describe a self-assessment and improvement process that agencies or regions can use to determine ways to improve their level of active management, thereby making their TSMO systems and strategies more effective.
- Senior managers with TSMO responsibilities.
- TMC managers.
- Managers of specific TSMO strategies.
- TSMO operations staff.
- Planners or individuals responsible for developing transportation operation strategies.
- Consultants, product vendors, and researchers whose work supports TSMO managers and staff.
- Describe the 4 steps in the active management cycle and the 4 levels of each step.
- Explain the active management cycle self-assessment framework tool.
- Summarize how the framework tool was applied in a pilot location.
Moderator: James Colyar, FHWA
- Stephanie Palmer, Michigan DOT
- Reno Giordano, WSP
- Les Jacobson, WSP
- Lisa Burgess, Kimley Horn
Operations Area of Practice
- System Performance Definition, Monitoring and Reporting
Organizational Capability Element
- Performance Management
- Evaluation of Operations Strategies
- Performance Measurement