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2023 TSMO Awards

The deadline for 2023 TSMO Award submissions is June 2.

All submissions can be made here:

We expect to announce the 2023 category winners in mid-July. Winners will be celebrated at the 2023 CTSO Annual Meeting where the Overall Winner and TSMO Champion will also be announced. 


The NOCoE TSMO Awards celebrate the TSMO strategies and tools that leverage existing infrastructure to increase safety and reliability.

Each year, NOCoE awards winners in four award categories. For 2023, the categories are:

  • Best TSMO Project
  • Agency Improvement
  • TSMO and Safety
  • Emerging Practices and Technologies

More information each category is below. 

A TSMO Award Overall Winner is then chosen from the four category winners. 

Each year NOCoE also awards a TSMO Champion, an individual who has made significant contributions to advancing TSMO both inside their organization and within the industry at-large. 

Winners are celebrated at the 2023 CTSO Annual Meeting and their work is featured via NOCoE's partners and other industry leaders. 

Many award submissions are also turned into NOCoE Case Studies, which form a library of TSMO strategies, tactics, and best practices that can be shared with other TSMO practitioners and organizations. 


Best TSMO Project

This award will recognize an actual, implemented TSMO project, planning or response to a specific event, or other TSMO improvement with consideration of safety, congestion and/or travel time reliability improvements. These innovative practices seek to advance the transportation system via TSMO strategies, such as active traffic management, connected vehicle applications, traffic incident management, traveler information, integrated corridor management, work zones using TSMO, special event management, and all other TSMO strategies deployed on the system to save lives, time, or money.

Agency Improvement

This award will recognize an agency/organization that uses Capability Maturity Model (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, development of business processes and implementation of follow-on action plans. Topic areas might include workforce development, organizational improvements, contracting for TSMO, establishing partnerships, planning, or expanding TSMO capabilities.

TSMO and Safety

This award will highlight an agency or organization who has used a TSMO strategy or application to provide safety benefits and outcomes. Submissions may range from work zone safety, addressing wrong way driver issue to special event and weather related safety, but can also include TSMO applications that improve safety for the daily transportation users. Submissions should directly address the benefits realized from the TSMO application as it relates to safety and discuss the process of specifically choosing the safety related solution.

Emerging Practices and Technologies

This award will highlight an agency or organization that has deployed an emerging practice or technology to support their transportation system or the system user. Emerging practices might include connected or automated vehicles, new mobility solutions, new data applications, or other TSMO deployments using strategies new to your agency or organization. Submissions in this category should be sure to discuss how the emerging practice was chosen and the expected benefits.

All submissions can be made here:

Award Submission Eligibility

NOCoE TSMO Awards are open to any city, county, MPO (RPO, COG), regional or state agency 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 submissions (with weighted sections) and 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 submissions can be made here:

All applications for the 2023 awards cycle must be submitted using an online submission portal. Applications must include any 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
    • E-mail
    • 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
  • 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. 

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).


Judging Criteria

10% Background

20% TSMO Planning, Strategies and Deployment

20% Communications Planning and Execution

40% Outcome, Learnings and Public Benefit

10% - Visual, photographic, and video materials

TSMO Champion

TSMO Champions are chosen by publicly submitted nominations that are reviewed by leaders in the transportation industry.

To submit a nomination for TSMO Champion, please email Adam Hopps with the following information: 

  • Name, title, and organization of the nominee
  • One paragraph career bio of the nominee
  • One to two paragraphs on the nominee's contributions to their organization
  • One to two paragraphs on the nominee's contributions to the industry
  • Photo of the nominee and any other video, photographic, or visuals to support the nomination