Designing for Transportation Management and Operations: A Primer



This primer is focused on designing for operations; i.e., the collaborative and systematic consideration of management and operations during transportation project design and development. Effectively designing for operations involves the development and application of design policies, procedures, and strategies that support transportation management and operations. Considering operations needs during the design process requires transportation design professionals to work closely with those who have expertise in transportation operations, intelligent transportation, and transportation technology. Design professionals should also anticipate working with practitioners from planning, transit, freight, and TIM as well as staff from other agencies in order to fully identify, prioritize, and incorporate operations needs into the infrastructure design. There are several entry points for integrating M&O strategies into the traditional project design process, as described in this primer. Designing for operations is typically reflected in increased or formalized collaboration between designers and operators and the development of design guidelines and procedures that reflect a broad range of operational considerations.

Source Organization Location

Washington, DC

Operations Area of Practice

  • Access Management
  • Active Parking Management
  • Active Traffic Management (ATM)
  • Adaptive Signal Control Technology
  • Bicycles and Pedestrians
  • Corridor and Arterial Traffic Management
  • Freeway Management
  • HOV Lanes / HOT Lanes
  • Pricing / Toll Roads
  • Ramp Metering
  • Regional Traffic Signal Operations & Program Management
  • Roadway Geometric Design
  • Traffic Signal Timing
  • Transit Operations
  • Transit Signal Priority
  • Travel Demand Management
  • Business Processes/Policies and Procedures
  • Organizational Models
  • Performance Management
  • Standards and Specifications
  • Strategic Planning
  • Emergency Transportation Operations
  • Planned Special Events Traffic Management
  • Road Weather Management
  • Roadway Safety Services / Roadway Safety Patrol
  • Traffic Incident Management
  • Work Zone Management

Organizational Capability Element

  • Performance Management
  • Planning
  • Project Development
  • Active Traffic Management/Travel Demand Management/Pricing
  • Arterial Traffic Control Device Operations
  • Emergency Transportation Operations
  • Freeway Operations
  • Freight Management Operations
  • Integrated Corridor Management
  • Planned Special Event Management
  • Project Systems Engineering
  • Regional Architectures
  • Road Weather Management
  • Roadway Geometric Design
  • Standards and Interoperability
  • System Architecture / Engineering
  • Testing, Verification & Validation (V&V)
  • Traffic Incident Management
  • Traveler Information
  • Vehicle Systems/Connected Vehicles
  • Work Zone Management

Content Type

  • Informational Product

Role in Organization

  • Associate Engineer
  • CEO / GM / Commissioner
  • Director / Program Manager
  • Engineer
  • Manager / First Line Supervisor
  • Maintenance Staff
  • Operator
  • Principal Engineer
  • Researcher/Academic
  • Senior Engineer
  • Senior Manager
  • Technician
  • Transit Professional
  • Transportation Planner

Publishing Organization

  • FHWA


  • How-To
  • Learning

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Designing for Transportation Management and Operations: A Primer

Issue Date
May 8th, 2015
Publication Number
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