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The Benefits of Regional Collaboration: Workforce Development, Construction Management, and RTSMO

February 18, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EST


This Free webinar will discuss the lessons learned, in promoting collaboration and coordination and ultimately the development of a process that links goals, context, objectives, strategies and tactics that is currently being incorporated into the guiding principles of traffic signal program management, signal operations and maintenance processes, system engineering and procurement and the importance of performance measurement to sustain resources. This webinar will focus on the ways that regional collaborative efforts have led not only to the intended purpose, but also provided opportunity for workforce development, construction management, and strengthened programmatic structures.


  • Natalie Smusz-Mengelkoch – Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.


  • Eddie Curtis (FHWA, Arterial Management Program)
  • Kenn Fink (Kimley-Horn) and Kate Shearin (GDOT)
  • Steve Levine (TRANSCOM)

The presentations include:
GDOT Regional Collaboration Leads to Workforce Development 
The presence and structure of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Regional Traffic Operations Program (now known as SigOps) has led to a collaborative environment throughout the region which extends to State and local agencies, consultants, vendors, and contractors alike; working together in pursuit of a common vision of enhanced safety and mobility for the Atlanta metro area. The Atlanta Regional Traffic Operations Program (RTOP) was first established in 2010, primarily focused on the optimization of traffic along congested arterials. Over the years, the program and participants have evolved; built and strengthened relationships; and together, implemented innovative strategies which has led do a highly technical and advanced workforce both in the private and public sectors.
TRANSCOM Regional Collaboration Leads to a Coordinated Construction Management  
Following a major construction conflict in the mid-1980s, the Port Authority established a Trans-Hudson Task Force to support initiatives that would sustain and enhance interstate transportation capacity and services. A major discovery of their effort was the need for greater construction coordination amongst agencies within the region.   The Port Authority convened a meeting of regional transportation leaders to discuss the situation.  The member agencies were pioneers in the adoption of TSMO and understood the need for an organization whose mission would be to improve the mobility and safety of the traveling public by supporting its member agencies through interagency communication and the enhanced utilization of their existing traffic and transportation management systems. The resulting solution was the creation of TRANSCOM (also known as Transportation Operations Coordinating Committee) which is a coalition of 16 member agencies that are represented by every major transportation agency in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut region.
Regional Collaboration of Traffic Signals   
The Federal Highway Administration office of Operations has encouraged and supported a regional approach for over a decade or more. The office of Operations has worked diligently with local agencies across the United States to promote coordination and collaboration. The FHWA Arterial Management Program observed the success of regional traffic signal programs between 2007 and 2010 after development of the Traffic Signal Report Card. After documenting case studies and promoting the concept of regional coordination the program turned its attention to leveraging these regional programs to promote the implementation of technologies such as adaptive control and automated traffic signal performance measures.

Target Audience
The intended audience for this webinar include: TSMO professionals, Traffic Operations Specialists, and Traffic Engineers throughout the industry; public, private, vendors, and contractors.

Learning Objectives

  • Learning objectives include:
  • Provide ideas and potential initiatives through various lessons learned.
  • Determine ways to leverage TSMO programmatic structures to support future opportunities.
  • Identify how your current TSMO efforts can be enhanced or expanded to create more efficient solutions.