TSMO Awards

2021 TSMO Awards Are Now Open

The 3rd annual TSMO Awards submission deadline is December 4, 2020.

Submissions can be completed using the online platform.

For this year's awards, we are accepting 1200 word submissions in four categories:

  • Best TSMO Project
  • Agency Improvement
  • Work Zones Using TSMO
  • Project Selection and Prioritization for TSMO

Just like last year, many of the awards submissions will be developed into case studies to help advance the TSMO practice.

We are also honoring a TSMO Champion again this year. Please see more information below for nominating a TSMO champion in your agency or region.

More details categories can be found below.

TSMO Awards Overview

At the National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE), our aim is to support and empower the people who operate the nation’s transportation management systems, by connecting them with experts and sharing best practices to save lives, time and money.

To celebrate their successes, we are holding the the 2021 NOCoE Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Awards to showcase the very best in our industry.

Our goal for these awards is to celebrate TSMO, expand its use in the United States, and share these impactful and creative solutions with a growing audience as we work to improve our nation’s transportation system through more effective management and operations.

We will solicit applications of 1200 words or less, along with additional documentation, allowing us to share their experiences on our website and social media channels.

We will select winners in four primary categories (described below) from which we will select an overall winning submission. Judges will also select a runner-up in each category. The winners from each category will be celebrated during an event in 2021, where the TSMO Award Overall Winner will also be announced.

Submit your awards case study here by December 4, 2020.

The Four Categories

We've changed the categories this year, just slightly. Each category will have one winner and one runner-up. Each submission can only be for one category. This year’s categories are aimed to solicit the best TSMO practices out there that can be celebrated and shared with the wider community via case studies.

Best TSMO Project

We want to hear about your newest project that demonstrates the value of TSMO.

This award will recognize an implemented project e.g. ATM, SPaT corridor, V2I pilot, ICM; planning or response to a specific event; or other TSMO improvement with consideration of safety, congestion and/or travel time reliability improvements. These innovative projects and practices seek to advance the transportation system via public communications, ITS/technology, corridor management, traffic incident management, special event management, or other activities that save lives, time, or money.


Agency Improvement

How did you use Capability Maturity Model (CMM) elements to improve your agency's TSMO capabilities?

This award will recognize an agency/organization that uses CMM in the agency/organization and how the capabilities in each of the CMM dimensions have been improved through the use of the agency/organization self-assessments and implementation of follow-on action plans.


Work Zones Using TSMO

We want to hear about how TSMO enhanced your work zone management efforts to improve safety and mobility.

This award will recognize innovative work zone management efforts being deployed via Intelligent Transportation Systems, project coordination, accelerated construction, traveler information, and other activities to reduce the impacts of work zones.


Project Selection and Prioritization for TSMO

How are you ensuring that TSMO is incorporated into your capital infrastructure projects process? How does TSMO play a role in your selection and prioritization policies and business processes?

This award will recognize policies and business processes that demonstrate how TSMO is being considered at all or multiple stages of the capital infrastructure program processes. The improvements can be within an individual organization or across a region with multiple organizations. These innovative practices seek to provide enhanced projects and considerations for TSMO strategies and users.

2021 TSMO Award Submission Overview

Award Submission Eligibility

NOCoE TSMO Awards are open to any city, county, MPO (RPO, COG), state DOT and private sector organizations.

Award Criteria

Applicants should describe a TSMO project or strategy, implemented within the last five years that demonstrates transportation system management or operations success in saving lives, time or money (individually or in combination). Submissions will be judged on the 1200 word written portion  (with weighted sections) as well as supporting documentation that demonstrates an overall public, community and industry impact, creativity and advances TSMO.

Submissions may be shared publicly and on the NOCoE website (unless otherwise requested).

Submission Rules

All applications for the 2021 awards cycle must be submitted no later than midnight on December 4, 2020. Applications must include associated TSMO program planning documents, and may include any supporting documentation that further explains the processes involved. Each submission should include:

  • Name of the organization(s) applying for the award
  • Name of contact applying for the award including:
    • Address (city, state, zip code, country)
    • Phone number
    • Twitter handle (if applicable)
  • Category being applied for
  • Up to 1,200 words  in the following sections:
    • Background - Provide details of history and situation that led to a need for a TSMO solution
    • TSMO Planning, Strategies and Deployment - Provide details of the TSMO implementation process from beginning to end
    • Communications Planning and Execution - Provide details of the communications process with the public, within your agency, and if applicable, coordination with other agencies
    • Outcome, Benefit and Learnings - Provide details of how the TSMO solution worked, any public or community benefit and lessons learned
  • Links to industry resources you may have used to devleop this project.
  • Outline or chart of identifying all of the key people involved in each submission, including the core team on the project and each department involved int he effort.
  • Photographs, diagrams, graphics, logos etc. associated with your submission. Please submit individually in 300 DPI or in the highest resolution possible. Also, any agency/company logos should be submitted in .eps format along with a .jpeg or .png
  • Your TSMO Program plan and/or any supporting documentation about your program

Any supplemental materials that are not included in the case study submission document should be submitted at the same time. Please make sure all supporting documents share a common title (ex. TSMO AZ Case Study, TSMO AZ Photo1, TSMO AZ Diagram1).

Submit your case study here.

If you have any questions, please email Adam Hopps (ahopps@transportationops.org).

Judging Criteria 

15% Background

30% TSMO Planning, Strategies and Deployment

15% Communications Planning and Execution

40% Outcome, Learnings and Public Benefit

TSMO Champion Award

As part of the 2021 TSMO Awards we we will once again be honoring a TSMO Champion. The 2020 Champions were Faisal Saleem and Tony Kratofil.

We are asking for nominations from you, the TSMO community. We are looking for you to identify an individual who was not only integral in implementing TSMO in their agency or organization, but who also led the way in transferring knowledge about TSMO to help the industry improve. A TSMO Champion can be  from the public or private sector and nominations should include:

  • A bio of the nominee (no longer than one page)
  • A paragraph description on how the nominee effectively implemented TSMO in their agency or organization and showed leadership in doing so (remember leadership can be at any level of the organization)
  • An additional paragraph on how the nominee helped transfer knowledge about TSMO across the industry

Please send this information directly to Patrick Son at pson@transportationops.org by no later than December 4, 2020.