Webinar: Active Traffic Management (ATM) Implementation and Operations Guidance

Federal Highway Administration


Advances in technology and tools is enabling transportation agencies to more effectively and proactively manage traffic demand, delay breakdown conditions, improve safety, promote sustainable travel modes, reduce emissions, and enhance system efficiency. Application of these approaches for traffic management is known as Active Traffic Management (ATM), which is a part of FHWA’s Active Transportation and Demand Management (ATDM) program. ATM strategies include dynamic speed limits, dynamic lane use control, dynamic junction control, and adaptive ramp metering. Many agencies are interested in implementing one or a combination of ATM strategies.

This webinar will present a summary of the forthcoming FHWA ATM Implementation and Operations Guide, which enables agencies to make informed and sound engineering decisions regarding implementing and operating ATM systems. The Guide highlights best practices, lessons learned, and case studies on design elements, systems engineering, construction and scheduling, stakeholder engagement, operations, maintenance, and performance monitoring of ATM systems. The webinar will also feature practical lessons learned from agencies that have experience with implementing and operating ATM systems.

Target Audience

This webinar is intended for State and local/city transportation agency personnel who are involved in traffic management, maintenance management, safety management and other operations functions for the transportation system. It will also benefit other practitioners, researchers and professionals who are interested in ATM.

Learning Objectives

The objectives of this webinar include providing the target audience with the understanding on how to use the ATM Guidance to set and achieve agency operational objectives through the process. The webinar will address the following specific items:

  • Introduce the new FHWA ATM I&O Guide, including the purpose, target audience, and overall structure.
  • Share lessons learned and best practices in implementing and operating ATM from peer experts.



  • Dr. William A. Perez, PMP, has over 30 years of experience leading and managing research and analysis with the last 23 years specifically concentrating in key national transportation areas. Dr. Perez’s initial work in the transportation area was the evaluation of the TravTek system in Orlando, Florida. His recent experience included managing the FHWA Human Factors Support contract at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC). In this position, he co-authored the report titled, Active Traffic Management: Comprehension, Legibility, Distance, and Motorist Behavior in Response to Selected Variable Speed Limit (VSL) and Lane Control Signing (No. FHWA-HRT-16-037). He currently serves as the Program Manager for Battelle’s FHWA Office of Operations support contract.


  • James Colyar, P.E., has more than 15 years of experience in traffic engineering, traffic analysis and modeling, and transportation systems management and operations (TSMO). Previously, he served as ITS/Mobility Engineer in the FHWA Washington Division Office and Highway Research Engineer in the FHWA Office of Operations Research & Development.
  • Dr. Beverly T. Kuhn, P.E. has diverse and extensive experience in the conduct and delivery of cutting edge research results. As Head of the System Reliability Division of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Dr. Kuhn leads a team of researchers in the areas of corridor management, advanced traffic management applications, and connected and automated infrastructure. Dr. Kuhn is considered a leader in the field of TSMO, ATDM, and ATM through over a decade of specific research.
  • Vinh Dang is the Freeway Operation Engineer at Washington State Department of Transportation-Northwest Region. Since 2000, Vinh has managed the freeway operation program where he has worked with multiple teams to operate the Region’s TMC and to deploy numerous advance ITS systems and strategies for transportation and traffic management. Vinh is a graduate of the Portland State University with a degree in civil engineering and has worked for WSDOT in various capacities for more than 30 years. For today’s webinar, Vinh will present and share lessons learned from WSDOT experiences with ATM efforts in the Region.

Operations Area of Practice

  • Active Traffic Management (ATM)

Organizational Capability Element

  • Active Traffic Management/Travel Demand Management/Pricing
  • Integrated Corridor Management
  • Traffic Incident Management

Event Type

  • Webinar

Content Type

  • Presentation


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Issue Date
October 17th, 2017
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