Traffic Incident Management Benefit-Cost (TIM-BC) Tool: Potential Improvements


As part of the transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) project, the Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory (Saxton Lab) is working to improve the Traffic Incident Management Benefit-Cost (TIM-BC) tool and would like to get user feedback. This webinar provided a quick overview of the TIM-BC tool developed through the FHWA’s Office of Operations Research and Development. The tool calculates program costs and benefits for a variety of TIM strategies including, but not limited to, safety service patrol, driver removal laws, and dispatch colocation. Thewebinar provided opportunities for attendees to provide feedback on the existing tool and future improvements.

Download the TIM-BC tool before the webinar:

Target Audience

  • Transportation agencies & Infrastructure Owner Operators
  • University researchers
  • Developers and deployers of CDA technology

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn about the tool’s capabilities from Saxton Lab engineers and developers and have the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions through a facilitated discussion.


  • Steven Vu (Leidos)


  • Paul Jodoin (FHWA)
  • Yingyan Lou (Leidos)
  • Sujith Racha (Leidos)

Presenter Bios

Yingyan Lou, Associate Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, (Arizona State University)

Dr. Yingyan Lou is an associate professor specializing in transportation systems modeling and analysis, especially interdisciplinary research in the area of intelligent transportation systems and connected and autonomous vehicles. In her tenure of over a decade, Dr. Lou has managed 29 funded research projects supported by federal and state agencies, including the National Science Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency, Arizona Department of Transportation, Alabama Department of Transportation, and Maricopa Association of Governments. Her research has led to 31 journal publications, one book chapter, and 26 peer-reviewed conference articles. She is currently working with the Federal Highway Administration’s Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory on a variety of projects in the areas of transportations management and operations and cooperative driving automation.

Sujith Racha, Project Manager (FHWA Contractor, Leidos)

Sujith Racha has over 17 years of experience in transportation research, planning, engineering design, analysis, documentation, and project management. He is experienced in managing and performing traffic and corridor studies, traffic analyses and simulations, Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) studies, development and deployment of emerging transportation technologies and analysis methodologies, safety and operation studies, and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)/Active Traffic Management System (ATMS) projects to improve transportation safety, mobility, and environmental impacts. Mr. Racha is serving as a Program Manager managing the USDOT's Cooperative Driving Automation (CDA) Research Program which will demonstrate how CDA technology/CARMA can enhance the efficiency and safety of our surface transportation systems at the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) - Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory (STOL).

Operations Area of Practice

  • Economic and Investment Analysis Tools
  • Roadway Safety Services / Roadway Safety Patrol
  • Traffic Incident Management

Organizational Capability Element

  • Economic Analysis of Reliability/Costs and Benefits
  • Traffic Incident Management

Event Type

  • Webinar

Content Type

  • Presentation

Publishing Organization

  • NOCoE
Issue Date
February 28th, 2022
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