Congestion Management Process

2019 Congestion Management Process (CMP) Update

After the approval of the Mobility 2045: The Metropolitan Transportation Plan for North Central Texas , NCTCOG is tentatively scheduled to initiate and complete an update to the CMP by the end of next year.  While the wide range of major infrastructure investments identified in Mobility 2045 are needed to meet long-term transportation demands, the CMP focuses on identifying a range of short and medium-term strategies for addressing congestion on a system-wide or corridor-level basis.
As defined in the Congestion Management Process Guidebook , the CMP is a systematic and regionally-accepted approach for managing congestion that provides accurate, up-to-date information on transportation system performance and assesses alternative strategies (Travel Demand Management  and Transportation Systems Management) for congestion management that meet state and local needs.  While a CMP is required in metropolitan areas of over 200,000 (also known as Transportation Management Areas), NCTCOG and other metropolitan planning organizations have the flexibility to design their own methods and approaches when developing the CMP.   

2013 CMP Update

In July 2013, the Regional Transportation Council approved a CMP Update with the following three goals: 1) identify quick-to-implement low-cost strategies and solutions (e.g. Asset Optimization) to improve the operation of the transportation system; 2) more evenly distribute congestion across the entire transportation corridor; and 3) ensure that corridors have options and available alternate routes/modes to relieve congestion during incidents.  The RTC also approved a policy that requires that the review and application of congestion mitigation strategies to correct corridor deficiencies identified in the CMP must be addressed in future corridor and environmental studies.