The National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE), today announced the second annual NOCoE Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Awards submissions window is now open for entries. The deadline for submissions is October 11, 2019 at midnight.
TSMO aims to maximize roadways for efficiency and safety through management and operations ingenuity. These awards celebrate the creativity and commitment of industry practitioners who have developed the most impactful and industry leading TSMO projects, initiatives and concepts.
Patrick Son, Managing Director of NOCoE, said, “The strategies we saw last year were inventive and really impactful. As a relatively recently defined discipline, publicizing and sharing the best TSMO ideas is crucial to the growth of our industry and its workforce. At NOCoE, we’re committed to advancing these concepts.”
The NOCoE TSMO Awards are open to any city, county, MPO (RPO, COG), state DOT and private sector organizations. Entries should highlight successful TSMO projects undertaken in the last five years that have provided a clear benefit to the traveling public.
The categories have been modified slightly for this year’s awards to reflect different aspects of the TSMO industry, and judges will select a winner and runner up from the following:
· Best TSMO Project (Creative Solution) – Recognizing a successfully implemented project, planning or response to a specific event, or other improvement for safety, congestion and/or travel time reliability. These innovative practices seek to advance the transportation system via public communications, traffic incident management, special event management, or other activities that save lives, time, or money.
· Agency Improvement: Use of Capability Maturity Model – Recognizing an agency/organization that uses CMM in the agency/organization and how the capabilities in each of the CMM dimensions have been improved through the use of the agency/organization self-assessments and implementation of follow on action plans.
· TSMO Workforce Development – Recognizing an agency or organization that has developed a key practice to advance workforce development within their organization or agency, or advanced workforce for the TSMO community overall.
· Best Use of Management of Data to Improve TSMO – Recognizing innovative methods being used to manage data that improve the management and operations of the transportation system.
Each category winner’s designee will receive round-trip travel to attend the 2020 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, where they will be invited to present their projects to attendees as part of a TSMO panel. They will also participate in a reception being held in their honor.
A NOCoE Gold Medal honoree will be selected as the overall victor from among the four category winners and will be recognized as the best TSMO project for the 2020 award season.
Also, one individual will be honored with the annual TSMO Champion Award, who will be selected by the judges for advancing TSMO and changing the way people and organizations think about transportation.
Son added, “Our inaugural awards were a huge success. We received nearly 60 submissions from across the country. While we honored the winners, we were able to share the creative ideas from many of the others by creating case studies that are distributed to the entire industry through our web site.”
In the inaugural year, a team from the North Carolina Department of Transportation won the overall award for their work using TSMO strategies in the preparation and response to Hurricane Florence that oversaw the evacuation of nearly a million people from coastal North Carolina as the storm approached.
For more information on the awards and how to submit an entry, please visit: https://transportationops.org/tsmoaward.