PennDOT wins TSMO award for improving safety on state roadways

PennDOT's TSMO Performance Program and Traffic Operations Analytics (TOA) Tool won first place

February 12, 2021 / 2 minute read
Transportation Systems Management & Operations

The Pennsylvania DOT (PennDOT) was recently recognized with two 2020 Annual Transportation Systems Management & Operations (TSMO) awards presented by the National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE).

"I am so proud of the department and the recognition that we've received," PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said in a statement. "These awards showcase the dedication and passion of our operations team to continually improve safety and congestion on our roadways."

PennDOT says TSMO is a set of integrated strategies to optimize the performance of operations on existing infrastructure through implementation of multimodal, cross-jurisdictional systems, services, and projects designed to preserve capacity and improve security, safety, and reliability of a transportation system.

PennDOT's TSMO Performance Program and Traffic Operations Analytics (TOA) Tool won first place for Best TSMO Project of the year. The Performance Program brought together internal and external information allowing for more data-driven outcomes for congestion planning, incident response, and safety for all motorists, according to PennDOT. The Performance Program also created the first ever "congestion pie chart," which allows Planning partners and PennDOT to better understand the cause of congestion, thus more effectively tailor TSMO solutions to meet those needs. The agency says this data will lead to safer work zones, queue protection corridor deployments in the field, and timely incident detection to help reduce secondary crashes.

PennDOT's TSMO Regional Operations Plans won first place for Project Selection and Prioritization. Regional Operations Plans were developed in cooperation with stakeholders including metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and rural planning organizations (RPOs), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, local emergency responders, transit agencies, universities, the local National Weather Service office, as well as PennDOT staff from across the state. 

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SOURCE: Pennsylvania DOT

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