The federally mandated PAG Congestion Management Process (CMP) serves as an effective tool to address congestion throughout the region by enabling PAG and its partners to define, identify and measure congestion and develop and select appropriate strategies to reduce it. The process assists in identification of system deficiencies, and analysis and selection of alternative strategies to address congestion for inclusion in the long-range transportation plan (RTP) and the short-range transportation improvement program (TIP).
The PAG CMP establishes a performance measurement and monitoring system for regional multi-modal transportation planning, programming and reporting for congestion management. The PAG CMP also incorporates systematic CMP strategy analysis and consideration that is integrated into the TIP and RTP project development process. This approach establishes the PAG CMP as a sustainable and ongoing “process” that is integrated into regional transportation planning through regular performance reporting and CMP strategy consideration in the planning stages of transportation project development.
The PAG CMP has developed regional congestion management and operations objectives that are directly linked back to the vision and goals of the 2040 RTP and linked forward to specific performance measures that are part of the CMP. The 2045 RTP, currently under development, includes goals and performance measures explicit to CMP in addition other performance areas. Ultimately, the objectives-driven, performance-based process for managing congestion of the regional transportation system will lead to more efficient use of transportation dollars and result in a reduction of roadway and transportation network congestion.