October 10, 2007
National Traffic Management & Work Zone Safety Conference
Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Director, Office of Transportation Operations
Federal Highway Administrator
U.S. Department of Transportation
Crisis of Congestion
A Tax on the Nation
- Commuting costs: Each motorist stuck in traffic wastes
on average 47 hours and 30 gallons of fuel every year
— at a cost of $800 per person annually.
- Quality of life: Reduced air quality, less time with
family and friends.
- Productivity: Delays to trucks and unreliability of
delivery times increase costs for businesses and
reduce economic competitiveness
Crisis of Congestion
Wasted Hours Across America
- Congestion has increased dramatically over the past 20 years in the 85 largest U.S. cities. During this time the number of hours lost each year by an average driver to congestion increased from 17 to almost 50.*
- In the 13 largest cities, drivers now spend the equivalent of almost 8 work days each year stuck in traffic.*
* Texas Transportation Institute, 2005 Urban Mobility Report
USDOT’s Congestion Initiative: A Six-Point Plan
- Relieve Urban Congestion.
- Unleash private sector investment resources.
- Promote operational and technological improvements.
- Establish a “Corridors of the Future” competition.
- Target major freight bottlenecks and expand freight policy outreach.
- Accelerate major aviation capacity projects and provide a future funding framework.
Operational and Technological Improvements
Congestion experienced by highway travelers is caused
by many different factors
Enhanced Incident Management
- Advance move-it laws.
- Establish quick clearance policy agreements.
- Promote full function service patrols.
- Data integration.
- Performance measures.
Enhanced Work Zone Mobility
- Support implementation of the key concepts of the
Work Zone Safety and Mobility Final Rule:
- Better understand, anticipate and plan for the impacts.
- Do so early in the program delivery process.
- Consider solutions that go beyond the immediate
location of the work zone.
- Integrate this thinking in the agency/DOT culture.
Enhanced Traveler Information
- Implement 511
- Implement travel times on DMS.
- Establish Real-time Traveler Information
Program (SAFTEA-LU, section 1201).
- Notice of Proposed Rulemaking — Winter 2007.
511 Deployment Status
Travel Times on DMS Status
Improved Traffic Signal Timing
- National Report Card
- Traffic Signal Audit Guide implemented
- Release of report card (Oct 9th)
- ACS-Lite available
- Lessons learned from test sites.
- Technical assistance, training, outreach.
- First “real” deployment — 11/07 Tyler, Tx
- Traffic Signal Timing Manual — 01/08
Operational Improvements to Alleviate
- Establish and learn from lead States
- Released primer (July 2007); update electronic
version with good ideas.
- Initiate dialogue with states to pursue innovative,
low-cost solutions (July 2007).
Many opportunities to reduce congestion, and the USDOT is working to help State and local
agencies take advantage of these opportunities.
FHWA’s “Operational & Technological
Improvements“ website http://www.oti.dot.gov/