Congestion Management Process

Traffic congestion is an everyday fact of life, and it’s getting worse every day. Federal rules require that metropolitan planning organizations located in Transportation Management Areas (TMAs)develop and implement a Congestion Management Process (CMP) as part of the metropolitan transportation planning process. The TMA is defined as an urbanized area with a population over 200,000 (as determined by the latest decennial census).

The CMP offers tools and methods for tracking transportation-system performance. It also serves as a planning tool to help manage traffic congestion and offers a set of multi-modal solutions for addressing the growing problem of traffic congestion in our region. Primarily, the CMP is a way to:

  • Monitor, measure and diagnose the causes of congestion on a region’s multi-modal transportation systems;
  • Evaluate and recommend alternative strategies to manage or improve regional congestion; and
  • Evaluate the performance of strategies put in practice to manage or improve congestion.

The Congestion Management Process is supported by the Congestion Management Committee, a subcommittee of the Transportation Technical Committee.

Congestion Management Committee meeting presentations – April 2017: