Congestion Management Process
2019 Congestion Management Process (CMP) Update
As defined in the FHWA Congestion Management Process Guidebook, the CMP is a regionally-accepted and coordinated 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 addressing congestion that meets state and local needs. While a CMP is required in urbanized 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.
Work is underway on an update to the region’s Congestion Management Process (CMP) documentation. While the wide range of higher-cost capacity expansion projects and other major infrastructure investments identified in Mobility 2045 are needed to meet long-term transportation demands, the CMP focuses on identifying a range of lower-cost, short-term strategies for addressing congestion on the most congested roadway corridors in the region. The elements and topics that will be considered in this CMP update will addressed in several meetings over the next few months.
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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.