TSM: AN EXPANDED ROLE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION ENGINEER

The Transportation System Management (TSM) plan emphasises short term problems and solutions as a means of introducing a more balanced approach in transportation planning and implementation. The role of the transportation engineer in the TSM planning process is an important one and is essentially divided into three functional tasks--monitoring, management and planning. Transportation engineers should participate in the formulation of short range goals and objectives as they are usually more familiar with the operational implications of most policies. It is noted that a large percentage of projects chosen for TSM plans include traffic operations improvements and other types of projects that require transportation engineering expertise. Many of the criteria for establishing implementation priorities relate to traffic operations and engineering. Project monitoring provides necessary information as to the applicability of TSM actions in a given urban area. The monitoring task entails a refinement of existing data and the development of new data. The data obtained can be used throughout the planning process, from the development of short-range strategies, to the final analysis, evaluation and implementation of selected projects. The management of short range programs ensures an effective use of the funds available. Another important function of the TSM element is the identification of key participants and their roles in developing the TSM element.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Transportation Engineers

    1627 Eye Street, NW, Suite 600
    Washington, DC  USA  20006
  • Authors:
    • Meyer, M
  • Publication Date: 1977-11

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 37-40
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00170443
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1978 12:00AM