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NOCoE News: Practices to Accommodate Changing Transportation System

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November 9, 2023

Table of Contents

Featured Resources
Case Study Library
Data Use for Planning and Operations
Upcoming Webinars
Solar Eclipse Resources
TSMO in the News

Featured Resources

U.S. Domestic Scan Program Report
Making Your Agency Adaptable for New Transportation System Technologies
Scott Marler, Director, Iowa Department of Transportation
A critical aspect of the modern DOT is the collaboration that occurs among all the functional areas within the agency. Efforts to identify collaboration stories are useful, but there is a need to investigate how such collaboration can be institutionalized within any given DOT, what barriers to this collaboration exist, and how best to overcome those barriers.
A recently published NCHRP scan, did just this.

The report, Leading Practices in Modifying Agency Organization and Management to Accommodate Changing Transportation System Technologies, investigated how DOTs are changing their organizations, institutional arrangements, and management practices to improve transportation system performance. A panel of DOT leaders spent time contemplating these examples to determine the best or leading practices.
While the scan captured many leading practices from a variety of agencies, the final document also makes a series of recommendations around six key areas:
  • Leadership and Culture
  • People – Recommendations to Attract and Retain Talent
  • Organizational Structures
  • Business Processes Improvement
  • Performance Management
  • Enhanced Collaboration
I’m confident that the leading practices and recommendations in this report will greatly benefit you and your organization’s ongoing effort to meet the challenges of the 21st century transportation system. Plus, thanks to resources like the Transportation Operations Manual, Regional Operations Leadership Forums, and the knowledge resources provided by NOCoE, the findings in this report will continue to support the mainstreaming of transportation system management and operations (TSMO) strategies across the transportation industry.  
CRSW 2023 Webinar
Regional Collaborations Peer Exchange

Regional Collaborations Peer Exchange Report

The Regional Collaborations peer exchange was conducted in-person over two days at the American Association of State Transportation officials (AASHTO) offices in Washington, DC. The peer exchange included representatives of local agencies, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), state departments of transportation (DOTs), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The meeting had an introductory session followed by 11 content sessions organized around the topic of collaboration in a regional context. Each session had a short period for the participants to discuss challenges in the topic area and various resolution(s) they have found.


Case Study Library

Interstate 95 Variable Speed Limit System Case Study by Virginia DOT
Case Study Library

Explore Our Case Study Library

NOCoE Case Studies capture the strategies and practices currently being deployed to advance the TSMO industry and enable TSMO practitioners to save lives, time, and money.

Case studies are developed in partnership with the authoring organization or individual to succinctly transfer knowledge for the effective use by others in the industry.


Data Use for Planning and Operations

NOCoE is hosting a series of webinars dedicated to the use of data for operations and planning. This series, based on NCHRP 08-119 Data Integration, Sharing, and Management for Transportation Planning and Traffic Operations, will examine tools, methods, and guidance for improving data sharing, integration, management. 
The goal of the webinar series is to enable transportation agencies, in collaboration with private-sector and public-sector stakeholders, to make better planning and operations decisions.
Webinars will feature best practices, lessons learned, challenges and opportunities, and emerging practices for data usage. We encourage everyone to sign-up for all five webinars: 
Shared Mobility Data | November 16, 2023 at 1pm ET
Smart Work Zone Case Studies | November 30, 2023 at 1pm ET
LinkerAT Tool: Conflating Two Different Roadway Network Data Sources | December 7, 2023 at 1pm ET
Freight Data Management | December 12, 2023 at 1pm ET
All NOCoE webinars provide PDH hours. View our calendar for the upcoming schedule.

Upcoming Webinars

Crash Responder Safety Week 2023
Shared Mobility Data Webinar
Smart Work Zone Case Studies
Update on ICM Deployments and Resources
LinkerAT Tool Conflating Two Different Roadway Network Data Sources
Freight Data Management
Talking TIM December 2023
2024 TTT Why You Should Join

Solar Eclipse Resources

Solar Eclipse Resources

Solar Eclipse Webpage

The National Operations Center of Excellence is collecting resources for the upcoming, taking place on April 8, 2024. The eclipse will have path of totality crossing 15 U.S. states, from Texas to Maine, including numerous large metropolitan areas. As with the 2017 eclipse, its expected that the movement of both residents of the 15 states and incoming tourists will make April 8 into a large scale special event.

NOCoE is working ahead of 2024 to help share resources and transfer knowledge to the TSMO practitioners planning for the 2024 eclipse. This page will continue to be updated with resources.


2024 Solar Eclipse: Planning early with NASA, Emergency Managers, and TSMO - NASA Presentation

TSMO in the News

AASHTO Safety Summit: ‘Shared Responsibility’ is Key (AASHTO Journal)
Mapping Out the State DOT Role in Safety Culture (AASHTO Journal)
PennDOT Uses Billboard for Workforce Recruitment (AASHTO Journal)
Cities reap benefits from ‘intelligent transportation systems,’ but challenges remain (Smart Cities Dive)
Look at highway work zones from my perspective (Philly Voice)

About the National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE)

NOCoE provides services to the transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) community to saves lives, improve travel times, and enhance economic vitality. With an emphasis on workforce development, NOCoE aims to assist in the deployment of technologies and the mainstreaming of TSMO solutions by fostering education, networking, communication, and knowledge transfer.

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