Texas roads are busier than ever and more drivers increase the potential for crashes and congestion.
TxDOT is addressing these issues through the implementation of Transportation Systems Management & Operations (TSMO) and has developed a TSMO Strategic Plan.
TSMO is a strategic approach to proactively improve mobility for all modes of transportation by integrating planning and design with operations and maintenance to holistically manage the transportation network and optimize existing infrastructure.
With vehicle miles traveled (VMT) continually increasing, congestion throughout Texas is expected to get worse with the current pace of infrastructure development. The statewide TSMO program aims to improve mobility and safety through coordinated mobility strategies that are supported by well-defined institutional arrangements, operating procedures and regional partnerships. It is further aimed at influencing a culture which recognizes traffic management systems as a core priority, supported by dedicated programs and funding.
TSMO brings a customer-centric focus to the project development process by prioritizing mobility solutions which apply technology and other innovative techniques. TSMO mobility strategies are relatively low in cost compared to adding capacity, can be implemented in less time, and potentially offer higher benefit-cost ratios.
TSMO Plan Development
TxDOT partnered with stakeholders in seven outreach events across the state to gather information presented in the TSMO Outreach Event Summary. This information was then used to develop the TSMO Strategic Plan. TxDOT districts/regions will now use the information from the strategic plan to develop individual TSMO Program and Service Layer Plans to meet the mission, goals and objectives outlined in the following section.
TSMO Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives
Statewide TSMO Vision: Improve safety and mobility for all modes of transportation by integrating planning, design, operations and maintenance activities.
Statewide TSMO Mission: Through innovation, collaboration, and performance‐based decision making, the existing transportation facilities are developed, maintained and operated cost‐effectively, with the end user in mind.
Statewide TSMO Goals and Objectives: The following goals and objectives for the statewide TSMO program are based on the TxDOT agency goals and objectives:
TSMO Program and Service Layer Plans
District/region TSMO Program and Service Layer Plans will be made available as they are developed.