Use the self-evaluation and integration planning process to create wider awareness of the benefits of weather integration to improve TMC operations.
Experience from four Transportation Management Centers' efforts to identify and implement strategies to meet their weather integration needs.
Colorado Springs; Colorado; United States; Cheyenne; Wyoming; United States; Kansas City; Missouri; United States; Shreveport; Louisiana; United States
Lessons that are common across each of the TMCs in the study include the following:
- Use the self-evaluation and integration planning process to increase awareness of the value of weather integration, while understanding that TMC managers and staff may require considerable assistance in moving forward to incorporate new ways to integrate weather. The self-evaluation alone may not be sufficient if the TMC lacks the motivation to make real changes in operations based on weather integration.
- Recognize that constrained resources, both financial and in staff time, constitute a serious challenge to the successful promotion of weather integration in TMCs. TMC personnel are stretched to fulfill their daily obligations and tasks, so that taking on a new set of responsibilities, including modifying policies and procedures to support new ways of operating with weather information, may not be a high enough priority.
- Engage operations and maintenance as well as other stakeholders in the weather integration planning process to develop teamwork. The more effective weather integration depends on a seamless sharing of information and decision making across operations and maintenance, but the historical arrangements in TMCs often present major institutional and cultural barriers that hinder information sharing.
Author: Cluett, Chris et. al.
Published By: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration
Source Date: January 2011URL: http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/38000/38600/38677/TMC%20Final%20Report%20Website%206.13.11/tmc_integration_report_final.pdf
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