Transportation Management Centers Pooled Fund Study Phase II

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General Information
Solicitation Number: 1563
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Date Posted: Oct 25, 2021
Last Updated: Nov 10, 2021
Solicitation Expires: Oct 25, 2022
Partners: PADOT
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Financial Summary
Commitment Start Year: 2022
Commitment End Year: 2027
100% SP&R Approval: Pending Approval
Commitments Required: $4,000,000.00
Commitments Received: $300,000.00
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Jon Obenberger
Jon.Obenberger@dot.gov
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Jon Obenberger
Jon.Obenberger@dot.gov
Phone: 202- 493-3265
Study Champion(s): John Bassett
jbassett@dot.state.ny.us
Phone: 518-457-2384
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2022 $50,000.00 Ryan McNary Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2023 $50,000.00 Ryan McNary Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2024 $50,000.00 Ryan McNary Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2025 $50,000.00 Ryan McNary Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2026 $50,000.00 Ryan McNary Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2027 $50,000.00 Ryan McNary Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov

Background

TMCs are

critical resources that offer agencies the potential to improve the safety and

mobility of travel on the surface transportation system. TMCs have also been

deployed or are being enhanced to assist agencies in fulfilling the

ever-increasing transportation needs of travelers (e.g., travel times), service

providers (e.g., transit, emergency services), other agencies, and the public

(e.g., incidents). TMCs are comprised of a complex, integrated blend of

hardware, software, operational strategies, processes, and people performing a

range of functions and actions. TMCs typically consist of multiple subsystems,

which may include functionality such as ramp metering, traffic signal control,

dynamic message signs, data, software, and communication. The deployment,

integration, operation, management, and maintenance required to ensure the

operation of TMSs, TMCs, and subsystems is very complex as the supporting

technologies continue to evolve. 

Objectives

The objectives of the Traffic Management Centers (TMC) Pooled Fund Study (PFS) is to assemble regional,

state, and local transportation management agencies and FHWA to: (1) identify

key issues and challenges agencies are facing with their traffic management systems (TMSs) or centers (TMCs); (2)

suggest approaches to addressing identified issues; (3) initiate and monitor

projects intended to address identified issues; (4) develop technical resources

and disseminate results; (5) provide leadership and coordinate with others on

TMC interests; and (6) promote and facilitate sharing information on TMC issues

nationally.

The TMC Pooled PFS involves a group of public agencies and organizations who voluntarily pool

funds each year to address the key challenges and issues they are facing in

support of improving performance, capabilities, and how they manage and operate

their TMSs. TMC PFS members collaborate by

using funds they contribute for the pursuit of projects they agree to pursue

and develop technical resources and advance activities to address the key

challenges and issues they are collectively facing. This project is being created to establish a new number

(Phase II of TPF-5(319)) and allow for 5 additional years (April 17, 2022 to

April 16, 2027) beyond the existing study (TPF-5(319)). 

Scope of Work

The TMC PFS is a group of public agencies and organizations who voluntarily pool funds

each year to address the key challenges and issues they are facing in support

of improving the performance, capabilities, and how they manage and operate

their TMSs. TMC PFS members collaborate by using funds they contribute for the

pursuit of projects they agree to pursue and develop technical resources and

advance activities to address the key challenges and issues they are

collectively facing. FHWA provides the staff and resources (e.g.,

administrative, technical, project management) to facilitate all of the activities and develop the technical resources for each initiated

project. 

TMC PFS members have identified the need to develop

resources to assist with evaluating and benchmarking the capabilities, and

desired levels of performance for the existing and the next generation of their

TMS. The need for technical resources were also identified to assist with

planning, designing, procuring, developing, implementing, testing, operating,

and evaluating possible improvements to these systems. TMC PFS members have

identified over 15 ideas for possible future projects to pursue within the

following four technical areas identified where work needs to be pursued over

the next five years: 1) assessing and reporting on TMS capabilities and

performance; 2) planning, designing, and procuring TMSs; 3) managing

and operating TMSs;  and 4) staffing, support resources, and capacity

building. 

Comments

The

desired level of contribution is $50,000 per year for each agency. The desired

minimum commitment is $25,000. The level of commitment per agency may vary,

taking into account the size and type of agency (e.g. state, county, city).

State agencies may join online at the Transportation Pooled Fund Program web

site. Other agencies may join and can obtain additional information from the

FHWA program manager at jon.obenberger@dot.gov.

The TMC PFS is chaired by John Bassett from the New York State DOT and co-chaired by

Alex Wassman from the Missouri DOT.  FHWA is the lead agency for the TMC

PFS and Jon Obenberger is the lead point of contact.  Information on the

current and completed projects of the TMC PFS are available at:

https://tmcpfs.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/index.htm.

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
Traffic Management Center Pooled Fund Study Fact Sheet TMC_PFS_Fact_Sheet_508_05_17_2021_Final_Approved.pdf Study Summary Public

Transportation Management Centers Pooled Fund Study Phase II

General Information
Solicitation Number: 1563
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Date Posted: Oct 25, 2021
Last Updated: Nov 10, 2021
Solicitation Expires: Oct 25, 2022
Partners: PADOT
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Financial Summary
Commitment Start Year: 2022
Commitment End Year: 2027
100% SP&R Approval: Pending Approval
Commitments Required: $4,000,000.00
Commitments Received: $300,000.00
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Jon Obenberger
Jon.Obenberger@dot.gov
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Jon Obenberger
Jon.Obenberger@dot.gov
Phone: 202- 493-3265
Commitments by Organizations
Agency Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2022 $50,000.00 Ryan McNary Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2023 $50,000.00 Ryan McNary Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2024 $50,000.00 Ryan McNary Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2025 $50,000.00 Ryan McNary Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2026 $50,000.00 Ryan McNary Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2027 $50,000.00 Ryan McNary Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov

Background

TMCs are

critical resources that offer agencies the potential to improve the safety and

mobility of travel on the surface transportation system. TMCs have also been

deployed or are being enhanced to assist agencies in fulfilling the

ever-increasing transportation needs of travelers (e.g., travel times), service

providers (e.g., transit, emergency services), other agencies, and the public

(e.g., incidents). TMCs are comprised of a complex, integrated blend of

hardware, software, operational strategies, processes, and people performing a

range of functions and actions. TMCs typically consist of multiple subsystems,

which may include functionality such as ramp metering, traffic signal control,

dynamic message signs, data, software, and communication. The deployment,

integration, operation, management, and maintenance required to ensure the

operation of TMSs, TMCs, and subsystems is very complex as the supporting

technologies continue to evolve. 

Objectives

The objectives of the Traffic Management Centers (TMC) Pooled Fund Study (PFS) is to assemble regional,

state, and local transportation management agencies and FHWA to: (1) identify

key issues and challenges agencies are facing with their traffic management systems (TMSs) or centers (TMCs); (2)

suggest approaches to addressing identified issues; (3) initiate and monitor

projects intended to address identified issues; (4) develop technical resources

and disseminate results; (5) provide leadership and coordinate with others on

TMC interests; and (6) promote and facilitate sharing information on TMC issues

nationally.

The TMC Pooled PFS involves a group of public agencies and organizations who voluntarily pool

funds each year to address the key challenges and issues they are facing in

support of improving performance, capabilities, and how they manage and operate

their TMSs. TMC PFS members collaborate by

using funds they contribute for the pursuit of projects they agree to pursue

and develop technical resources and advance activities to address the key

challenges and issues they are collectively facing. This project is being created to establish a new number

(Phase II of TPF-5(319)) and allow for 5 additional years (April 17, 2022 to

April 16, 2027) beyond the existing study (TPF-5(319)). 

Scope of Work

The TMC PFS is a group of public agencies and organizations who voluntarily pool funds

each year to address the key challenges and issues they are facing in support

of improving the performance, capabilities, and how they manage and operate

their TMSs. TMC PFS members collaborate by using funds they contribute for the

pursuit of projects they agree to pursue and develop technical resources and

advance activities to address the key challenges and issues they are

collectively facing. FHWA provides the staff and resources (e.g.,

administrative, technical, project management) to facilitate all of the activities and develop the technical resources for each initiated

project. 

TMC PFS members have identified the need to develop

resources to assist with evaluating and benchmarking the capabilities, and

desired levels of performance for the existing and the next generation of their

TMS. The need for technical resources were also identified to assist with

planning, designing, procuring, developing, implementing, testing, operating,

and evaluating possible improvements to these systems. TMC PFS members have

identified over 15 ideas for possible future projects to pursue within the

following four technical areas identified where work needs to be pursued over

the next five years: 1) assessing and reporting on TMS capabilities and

performance; 2) planning, designing, and procuring TMSs; 3) managing

and operating TMSs;  and 4) staffing, support resources, and capacity

building. 

Comments

The

desired level of contribution is $50,000 per year for each agency. The desired

minimum commitment is $25,000. The level of commitment per agency may vary,

taking into account the size and type of agency (e.g. state, county, city).

State agencies may join online at the Transportation Pooled Fund Program web

site. Other agencies may join and can obtain additional information from the

FHWA program manager at jon.obenberger@dot.gov.

The TMC PFS is chaired by John Bassett from the New York State DOT and co-chaired by

Alex Wassman from the Missouri DOT.  FHWA is the lead agency for the TMC

PFS and Jon Obenberger is the lead point of contact.  Information on the

current and completed projects of the TMC PFS are available at:

https://tmcpfs.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/index.htm.

Title Type Private
Traffic Management Center Pooled Fund Study Fact Sheet Study Summary N

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