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Baking TSMO Into All We Do in Transportation (NRITS)

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The overall focus of the session is on ways transportation agencies are "baking transportation system management and operations (TSMO) into all they do." TSMO helps agencies get the most of their transportation dollar - both future ones as well as those dollars spent building facilities in the past. Capacity is an asset. The more an agency can get out of the capacity they have, the more options they have in how to spend future resources. This is smart for transportation. TSMO is being integrated more and more into how agencies deliver transportation. This session provides examples in some growing critical areas.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to integrate TSMO into agency asset management programs
  • Understand why considering freight needs is important to effective TSMO
  • Identify actions that can help to better mainstream TSMO within a DOT

Moderator: Tracy Scriba, Team Leader, Federal Highway Administration

Presentation Titles & Speakers:
  • Mainstreaming TSMO: What Seems to Matter”, Tracy Scriba, Team Lead, Planning and Organizing for Operations, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC
  • How PennDOT’s Operations Analytics and Guidebooks are Powering Decisions Throughout the Project Lifecycle”, Doug Tomlinson, P.E., Chief, Highway Safety and Traffic Operations Division, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Integrating ITS and other TSMO Assets into Seattle DOT’s Asset Management Program”, Chad Allen, Transportation Asset Management, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle, Washington
  • Freight and TSMO: Working Together for Better Goods Movement”, Denise Markow, Director, TSMO Program, Eastern Transportation Coalition, Strafford, New Hampshire
  • Building a TSMO Program”, Brent Cain, Director, TSMO Division, Arizona Department of Transportation, Phoenix, Arizona

Contributors

  • Moderator: Tracy Scriba, Team Leader, Federal Highway Administration

    Tracy Scriba is the Team Leader for the Planning and Organizing for Operations Team in the Office of Operations at the Federal Highway Administration. She leads efforts to advance and mainstream transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) through organizational capabilities and culture, professional capacity building, planning and programming, and performance-based system and demand management. She has also served as the Program Manager leading implementation of all the Reliability products developed under the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2). Prior to that she served as Work Zone Program Manager at FHWA, and worked for over 10 years as a consultant on transportation and environmental issues. She holds a systems engineering degree from the University of Virginia. Tracy is a member of ITE.

  • Brent Cain, Director, TSMO Division, Arizona Department of Transportation, Phoenix, Arizona

    Brent Cain serves as the assistant director for the Arizona DOT Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Division. Brent leads the TSMO efforts for optimizing the performance of existing infrastructure by implementing multimodal, intermodal and often cross-jurisdictional systems, services and projects. TSMO strategies are intended to maximize the efficiency, safety, and utility of the transportation network. Brent also oversees innovative efforts and new technologies that are rapidly occurring to further enhance transportation system operations and safety.
    Brent has over 30 years of experience in transportation planning, engineering, and operations. Brent holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri.

  • Chad Allen, Transportation Asset Management, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle, Washington

    Chad Allen is the Asset & Performance Program Manager for the Seattle Department of Transportation. He has been with SDOT since 2020. Chad recently completed a 30 year career with the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans}. In 2013, Chad was asked to lead the Asset & Performance Management Bureau at VTrans. In this capacity, he worked with the TSMO team to begin developing a plan to ensure data quality and system management initiatives to help communicate the financial challenges facing traffic, safety, and ITS assets. Working closely with the TSMO subject matter experts enabled VTrans to identify the critical maintenance work and strategic capital improvements that were necessary to improve the overall operation, safety, and sustainability of these assets. Now with SDOT, Chad is focused on improving the overall condition and financial sustainability of Seattle’s TSMO assets. Chad is working with the SDOT TSMO team and its many different partners to develop a comprehensive risk register that will be used to establish an implementation roadmap. These risk management deliverables will provide the TSMO team a platform to communicate its obstacles and challenges alongside the bridge and pavement issues increasing SDOT’s situational awareness, inform future budget and levy discussions, and increase SDOT’s strategic decision-making capabilities.

  • Doug Tomlinson, P.E., Chief, Highway Safety and Traffic Operations Division, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    Doug Tomlinson began working for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in 1994 and his career has focused on a wide-range traffic engineering and traffic operations topics including work zone traffic control, incident management, traffic signals, traffic calming, ITS, and TSMO. Doug has a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering Technology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, was a 2008 Graduate of the Operations Academy, and was named ITS PA person of the year by the Pennsylvania chapter in 2013. He is currently Chief of the Highway Safety and Traffic Operations Division.

  • Denise Markow, Director, TSMO Program, Eastern Transportation Coalition, Strafford, New Hampshire

    Denise Markow became the Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Director for The Eastern Transportation Coalition in October of 2016. She works with over 200 member agencies within the Coalition working in the areas that focus on the core TSMO strategies such as Traffic Incident Management, Road and Weather Operations, Emergency Operations, Congestion and Bottleneck Analysis, Work Zones and Traveler Information.
    Prior to joining the Coalition:

    • She spent 22 years at New Hampshire DOT serving as the Department’s first TSMO Administrator.
    • She managed the statewide Transportation Management Operations Center for 8 years.
    • She was the Statewide ITS Engineer as well as the project manager for the construction of the state’s first two ITS microwave and fiber optic networks.
    • She was the project manager/system architect behind the New England Tri-State ATMS system called Compass.
    In 2015, Denise was awarded the TSMO Individual Achievement award from ITE and in 2013 she received the Award of Excellence from ITS New England.
    She is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for ITS New England as well as a representative on the Civil Engineering Advisory Board for the University of New Hampshire.
    Denise has a master’s and bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire as well as bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and French from the University of Wisconsin.

July 22, 2021
Thu 11:00 AM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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