The Congestion Management Process (CMP) is described by the FHWA as a systematic and regionally accepted approach for managing congestion. It provides accurate, up-to-date information on transportation system performance and assesses alternative strategies for congestion management that meet state and local needs. Federal regulations require MPOs with a population over 200,000 to establish a process for managing congestion. This tool provides recommendations for the effective management of congested facilities to ensure all potential alternatives to address congestion have been examined for identified projects that include additional roadway capacity.
CRTPO goal, objectives and performance measures for the CMP
CMP – Goal, Objectives, and Performance Measures
Goal: Manage Congestion
|Develop congestion management measures||% of Roadway Miles at a Travel Time Index (TTI)/Volume-to-Capacity-Ratio|
|Reduce non-recurring congestion duration||Number of crashes related to the statewide average|
|Consider full range of congestion management strategies||Were all reasonable techniques and strategies considered? (Yes / No)|
|Improve the resiliency, redundancy, and reliability of the transportation network||Extract data from HERE* – Planning Time Index (PTI) or other indices|
CMP – Goal, Objectives, and Performance Measures Table
The CRTPO has identified 61 congested corridors to be evaluated as part of its CMP. In order to determine whether methods other than a conventional widening project could help relieve congestion on the facility, congested corridors for the CMP are identified. The CMP is also updated to ensure the corridors under consideration are the most suitable for potential alternative plans and managing congestion across the CRTPO planning area.
The CMP is one way the CRTPO plans for future improvements to its transportation network. It is a process that provides information to help influence investment decisions and project programming.
For additional background on CMPs, visit the Federal Highway Administration’s website.