Relationship to Other Caltrans Efforts

Strategic Management Plan

The I-210 Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Pilot and the larger Connected Corridors effort is a collaborative effort to improve overall mobility and safety within the corridor by managing travel conditions during incidents and events having a significant impact on travel.  Some of the expected benefits of the ICM include improved travel time reliability, reduction in delay, reduced incident response times, reductions in secondary incidents, and improved coordination between stakeholders.  The Connected Corridors program has a relationship to other Caltrans efforts including: Caltrans 2015-2020 Strategic Management Plan

Statewide Planning for Operations

Planning for Operations is a concept meant to promote multimodal planning that supports transportation system management and operations.  System management strategies typically have high benefit/cost ratios and help Caltrans achieve its goals of system performance, stewardship, safety and operational efficiency.  New and evolving federal and State policies direct Caltrans to improve its system management planning practices as a basis for performance-based decision-making.  Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) planning and deployment is an important component of Planning for Operations activities.

Capability Maturity Model Framework

The Capability Maturity Model Framework is intended to improve the effectiveness of TSM&O applications and activities by assisting staff and management who are central players in statewide and regional TSM&O agencies. The workshop framework provides a structured focus on the six dimensions of capability, together with a facilitated self-assessment process in which participants evaluate their current activities and arrangements according to criteria from the CMM framework defining levels of capability. The current challenges and problems identified by workshop participants are used to identify actions needed to improve capability and are subsequently embodied in an implementation plan to improve the effectiveness of TSM&O.

Transportation System Management and Operations

Caltrans has embarked on the development of a comprehensive program to further California's Transportation System Management and Operations (TSM&O) capabilities and business processes.  TSM&O offers the potential to provide an integrated program to optimize the performance of existing infrastructure through the implementation of specific systems and services that preserve capacity and improve reliability and safety.

Caltrans is currently hosting TSM&O Regional Operations Forums throughout the State with Caltrans Districts and local agencies to identify specific corridors where TSM&O activities such as incident management, traffic signal timing, ramp metering, road weather management, and others. 

Transportation System Management and Operations Pyramid

In the early 2000’s Caltrans established a mobility model with a foundation in maintenance and management of our existing transportation system. Our efforts over time have evolved yet they continue to reinforce that transportation investments have more impact if built upon the philosophy embodied by our TSM&O pyramid.

The base is system monitoring and evaluation.  You see how the system is performing and how it can be improved.  Then there is maintenance and preservation. You fix any problems that may be occurring or may occur in the future.  You then look at smart land use/demand management to try to take trips off the facility. 

You then look at intelligent transportation systems (changeable message signs, etc.) that may provide greater efficiencies on the facility.  Then you look at operational improvements, such as auxiliary lanes and ramp metering.  At the top is system completion and expansion.

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Transportation System Management and Operations Pyramid