The Congestion Management Process was approved by the MPO Governing Board on Oct. 20, 2016.
A Congestion Management Process, or CMP, involves routinely monitoring all modes of travel and activity on the transportation network and managing the system’s performance by identifying and advancing effective solutions, or improvements, that mitigate the adverse impacts of congestion.
The majority of congestion occurs when demand exceeds the capacity of a transportation facility, resulting in significant increases in user travel time. Congestion also arises due to non-recurring events, such as accidents, adverse weather, work zone activity, and special events. The goal of the CMP is to maintain acceptable levels of congestion through the implementation of agreed upon mitigation solutions.
According to federal legislation (23 CFR 450.320a & b), MPOs that reside in Transportation Management Areas (TMAs), which are urban areas that have a population of at least 200,000, “shall address congestion management through a process that provides for safe and effective integrated management and operation of the multimodal transportation system.”