AASHTO Issues Inaugural Transportation Operations Manual

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has officially released the first edition of its “Transportation Operations Manual” – a new guidebook for transportation systems management and operations or TSMO efforts approved for publication by the AASHTO board of directors in October 2022.

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The new manual serves as a resource for transportation agencies to develop and sustain the operational capabilities and strategies needed to preserve and optimize transportation system performance.

It touches on all levels of TSMO efforts – strategic, programmatic, and tactical – and expands current TSMO practice through a more cohesive approach that helps agencies and their partners gain familiarity with generally accepted operational improvements, as well as develop appropriate future applications.

Scott Marler, director of the Iowa Department of Transportation and chair of the AASHTO Committee on Transportation System Operations or CTSO, which developed the manual, explained that this new guidebook would serve as a “one-stop digital shop” for state departments of transportation where TSMO-related issues are concerned.

“This manual provides national guidance on TSMO as well as current state of practice,” he said during a presentation at AASHTO’s 2022 Annual Meeting in Orlando. “Plans are also underway as we speak to establish a TSP to maintain the manual going forward. This will allow AASHTO to support and deliver high quality TSMO services to our states and our members.”

To order a copy of the new Transportation Operations Manual, visit the online AASHTO Store and search by the publication’s Item Code – TOM-1 – or visit the manual’s dedicated page on the store’s website by clicking here.

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