Regional Policies, Planning, and Deployments to Support Automated Vehicles

TRB Standing Committee on Regional TSMO

Issue Date: 2017-12-18

Overview: Regional Transportation System Management and Operations (TSMO), is a committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) that considers transportation systems management and operations in a regional context. The committee focuses on sharing regional approaches to transportation problems by identifying research opportunities, creating knowledge, and disseminating information.

TSMO refers to multimodal transportation strategies to maximize the efficiency, safety, and utility of existing and planned transportation infrastructure. Strategies include, but are not limited to:

  • Traffic incident management,
  • Traffic signal coordination,
  • Freeway management,
  • Transit signal priority (TSP),
  • Bus rapid transit (BRT),
  • Freight management,
  • Work zone management,
  • Special event management, and
  • Road weather management.

TSMO initiatives have gained a lot of momentum recently mostly due to the industry realizing that a cultural shift is required to meet the growing demand on our transportation resources – a culture shift that is more operations centric, and requires updates to institutional business processes and architectures to operate and manage the transportation system focusing on customer service through improved system performance.

The Regional TSMO Subcommittee on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) advances research and dialogue to address the inter-jurisdictional aspects of the deployment of connected and autonomous vehicles, for the benefit of the transportation industry and to more effectively realize the safety and mobility benefits of modern transportation technology.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Examine planning and deployment strategies to support the advancement of automated vehicles, focused on multi-jurisdictional regional contexts.
  • Compare and contrast the needs of various regions across America organizations grapple with how to prepare for the greater numbers of automated vehicles in the next 10 years.
  • Identify peer agencies that are collaborating to support the advancement of automated vehicle technologies and environments.

Instructors:

Moderator:

Tony Kratofil, Michigan Department of Transportation, Co-Chair of Regional TSMO Subcommittee on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Presenters:

  • Virginia Lingham, Virginia Department of Transportation, Co-Chair of Regional TSMO Subcommittee on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
    • Overview of Regional TSMO Subcommittee on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
  • Les Jacobson, WSP, Chair of Regional TSMO Committee
    • Overview of Regional TSMO Committee
  • Bill Keyrouze, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations

    • Bill has over 9 years of experience in public policy at the federal, state, and local level. At the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO), Bill works on the technical issues MPO’s are involved with in the transportation planning process. He directs AMPO’s federal grant awards and manages the activities of AMPO’s Air Quality, Travel Modeling, Performance Based Planning and Programming, and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Working Groups. In addition, Bill manages the AMPO Technical Committee and directs AMPO’s MPO research efforts. Prior to AMPO, Bill worked at Building America’s Future for more than 5 years where he served as a senior staff member and provided infrastructure and transportation policy guidance and support to the executive staff and Co-Chairs. Bill has also worked for United States Senator Charles Schumer (NY), where he served as Deputy Director of the Hudson Valley regional office. Bill is a native of Saratoga Springs, NY. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and a Master's Degree in Sustainable Urban Planning from The George Washington University.

  • Dr. Patricia Hendren, I-95 Corridor Coalition

    • Patricia (Trish) Hendren is the Executive Director of the I-95 Corridor Coalition, a partnership of over 100 state transportation agencies, toll authorities, and public safety organizations from Maine to Florida who keep people and goods moving throughout one of the world’s busiest transportation corridors. The Coalition is a national model for accelerating improvements through the leveraging of individual agency efforts to ultimately benefit the safety, efficiency and productivity of the multimodal transportation system along the east coast.

      Under Trish’s leadership, the Coalition has embarked on and enhanced initiatives related to creating a seamless (and fully integrated) data system for operations, planning and performance management; securing multi-million dollar grants for research on transportation system funding alternatives; advancing coordinated incident management for the improved safety of first responders and drivers; establishing a national freight fluidity program; and sharing initiatives and lessons learned on transportation systems management and operations. Trish brought to the Coalition, extensive work with State DOTs, MPOs and transit agencies to turn data into useful information, implement data-based decision making, and demonstrate the value of transportation investments.

      Trish has been actively involved in the Transportation Research Board chairing or serving on committees, research panels and conference planning efforts. Dr. Hendren’s contributions to the field and focus on mentoring were recognized in her selection as the 2014 Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) DC Chapter Woman of the Year. Trish currently also serves on the Eno Board of Advisors. She holds a Ph.D in Transportation Technology and Policy and a Master’s Degree in Ag Econ, both from the UC Davis, and a B.A. in English from Duke University.

  • Ed Alegre, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

    • Ed Alegre is a Senior Manager for LA Metro’s Highway Program, Intelligent Transportation Systems group. Ed is currently leading Connected Vehicle efforts in the LA Region, Goods Movement Technology projects, and also assists in the administration of Metro’s Call for Projects for Signal Synchronization and Bus Speed Improvement projects. He also manages the Metro’s Countywide Signal Priority Program, and also Integrated Corridor Management projects in the region.

      Ed has over 16 years of experience in transportation planning, traffic engineering, and ITS. Prior to joining Metro, he was with the Orange County Transportation Authority managing freeway planning studies, corridor studies, and the Master Plan of Arterial Highways. Ed also served 9 years in the private consulting field at transportation planning/engineering firms.

      Ed received his Masters of Science in Transportation Management from San Jose State University through the Mineta Transportation Institute. Ed also has Bachelor degrees in Sociology and Environmental Analysis and Design, with a minor in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California Irvine. Ed is also a Professional Transportation Planner (PTP) through the Transportation Professional Certification Board. Ed also is on the Board for the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Southern California Section, and is Past President of the Orange County Traffic Engineering Council.

Target Audience: Planners, Engineers/Operators at the MPO, Local Transportation Agency, and State DOT levels.


Operations Area of Practice: Automated vehicles

Organizational Capability Element: Vehicle Systems/Connected Vehicles

Event Type: Webinar

Content Type: Presentation

Publishing Organization: NOCoE

Objective: Learning