Congestion Management Process

Federal requirements state that regions with more than 200,000 people, known as Transportation Management Areas (TMAs), must maintain a Congestion Management Process (CMP) and use it to make informed transportation planning decisions. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) defines a CMP as a “systematic transparent process for managing congestion that provides information on transportation system performance and on alternative strategies for alleviating congestion and enhancing mobility.” The purpose of the CMP is to define congested corridors in the region, develop strategies to mitigate the congestion, and provide a way to monitor the effectiveness of the strategies. The CMP is also intended to use performance measures to direct funding toward projects and strategies that are most effective for addressing congestion. This document serves the Federal reporting requirements for the Congestion Management Process for the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (NFRMPO).

The NFRMPO completed an update to the region’s Congestion Management Process which was adopted by the Planning Council in September 2010 (see document here). One key change in the CMP is an increased focus on data collection to measure and monitor the transportation system’s performance rather than relying heavily on the regional travel demand model for performance measures. In addition to meeting the Federal CMP reporting requirements, the NFRMPO will annually craft a Transportation System Performance report as a mechanism to provide regional benchmarking to inform transportation investment decisions and to paint a clear picture of the region’s transportation system and needs. This report serves to document the system-wide performance measures related to congestion.


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