Congestion Management

Congestion Management Systems


The New York State Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (NYSMPO) has sponsored a Shared Cost Initiative (SCI) project concerning the implementation of Congestion Management Systems (CMS) in our states many and diverse metropolitan areas. The main goal of the SCI project is to identify innovative practices that MPOs can use to maximize the value of fulfilling the federal CMS requirements. Especially for those metro areas without significant congestion, the hope is to build stronger ties between the CMS and other parts of the planning process, such as data collection, project selection and public involvement.

On Friday, September 16th in Syracuse, New York, representatives of most MPOs in the state as well as representatives from New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) convened for a one-day workshop. The meeting offered participants an opportunity to hear about innovative practices from around the county and to work in small groups on how to bring those practices to bear locally.

The project was completed in February 2006. The final product is a menu of options style report that discusses a variety of ways for MPOs to be innovative with respect to the CMS (now CMP) requirement. The report is available for download as a PDF. An interactive, online version of the report will be posted soon.

This page provides access to the proceedings of the workshop as well as the research and analysis that has been provided by the associations consultant on the project, ICF Consulting. If you have additional questions or comments, please feel free to contact NYSMPOs project manager, Jon Makler.

Available Documents

Congestion Management Systems: Innovative Practices (Task 1 Report, ICF Consulting)
CMS Peer Forum Agenda
CMS Peer Forum Meeting Report


Federal Perspective on CMS (Brian Betlyon, FHWA)
Exemplary Practices Addressing CMS Requirements (Michael Grant, ICF)
Using CMS to Inform Planning/Meet Multiple Objectives (Chester Fung, ICF)
Case Study of Providence, Rhode Island (Michael Moan, RI Statewide Planning Program)
Case Study of Hartford, Connecticut (Thomas Marziarz, Capital region Council of Governments)
Case Study of Hampton Roads, Virginia (Keith Nichols, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission)

Links of Interest

Rhode Island Statewide Planning Program
Capital Region Council of Governments (Hartford, CT)
Hampton Roads (VA) Planning District Commission
FHWA Resource Center