The Transportation Research Board (TRB) has asked HRTPO staff member Robert Case to help it conduct a research effort titled “Operations Business Process Self-Assessment Tool."
TRB, a congressionally chartered agency, is conducting the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) authorized by Congress at $232.5 million in its 2005 surface transportation funding bill. According to TRB, SHRP2 focuses on four areas:
Safety - Prevent or reduce the severity of highway crashes by understanding driver behavior
Renewal - Address the aging infrastructure through rapid design and construction methods that cause minimal disruption and produce long-lived facilities
Reliability - Reduce congestion through incident reduction, management, response, and mitigation
Capacity - Integrate mobility, economic, environmental, and community needs in the planning and designing of transportation capacity
Under the “Reliability” area, TRB has completed a report “Integrating Business Processes to Improve Travel Time Reliability” which includes ten case studies of agencies which have implemented new ways of handling the causes of “nonrecurring” (i.e. non-daily) congestion including incidents, work zones, special events, and weather. In addition, TRB produced an accompanying report “Guide to Integrating Business Processes to Improve Travel Time Reliability."
In order to implement the findings and recommendations in these two reports, TRB is currently conducting project L34 “Operations Business Process Self-Assessment Tool”, under which a web-based tool will be produced to help transportation agencies set reliability goals, identify current business processes, develop and implement new processes, assess the results, and institutionalize the new process.
TRB has asked HRTPO staff member Robert Case to join the L34 Technical Expert Task Group to advise TRB staff on the L34 effort.