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Journal Article

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operations - traffic, infrastructure - traffic signals, infrastructure - interchange/transfer, planning - safety/accidents, planning - signage/information, land use - planning, ridership - commuting, policy - congestion, organisation - management, technology - passenger information, place - urban, mode - mass transit


Work zone traffic control, Work zone safety, Urban goods movement, U.S. Federal Highway Administration, Traveler information and communication systems, Transportation planning, Transportation operations, Transportation corridors, Transit, Traffic signal timing, Traffic signal settings, Traffic safety, Traffic delay, Traffic corridors, Traffic congestion, Special events, Settings (Traffic signals), RWIS, Road weather information systems, Research, Public transit, Passenger information, National Steering Committee on Transportation Operations, National Dialogue on Transportation Operations, Mass transit, Local transit, Intermodal transfer, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Incident management, Gridlock (Traffic), Government funding, Disasters and emergency operations, Corridors (Transportation), Construction zone traffic control


In this feature, the National Steering Committee on Transportation Operations (NSCTO) provides an update on the National Dialogue on Transportation Operations (NDTO). During 1999 and early 2000, scores of transportation professionals participated in the NDTO through a series of small discussion groups and the NSCTO. In April 2000, this dialogue was expanded to include approximately 400 transportation professionals. A series of white papers was commissioned and published on the Web site for the Institute of Transportation Engineers. In addition, a Web survey of over 200 people was conducted. The NSCTO considered all input received and developed a set of objectives for an initiative. This article summarizes the immediate next steps, which will focus on some of the individual objectives, combinations of the objectives, or the total operations initiative depending on the users and audience. These include continuing and expanding the NDTO; using tools to more effectively manage and operate transportation management centers, corridors, incidents, work zones, traffic signal retiming, traveler information, emergency/disaster response, intermodal transfers, special events, Mayday systems, goods movement, roadway weather condition reporting, and transit systems; measuring performance of transportation systems; research, and funding.