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About the CMP

The Congestion Management Process (CMP) is a systematic and regionally-accepted approach for managing congestion that provides accurate, up-to-date information on transportation system performance Congestion1Picand assesses alternative operational and demand management strategies for congestion mitigation. A CMP is required in metropolitan areas with population exceeding 200,000, such as the St. Louis region. First established under the national transportation act of ISTEA, the requirement has evolved through subsequent acts of SAFETEA- LU, MAP-21 and the recently passed, Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act which calls for regionally established mobility performance goals.  

The CMP is required to be developed and implemented as an integral part of the metropolitan planning process. The federal initiative provides the planning framework for a CMP that represents the state-of-the -practice in identifying congestion and addressing congestion impacts through systematic operational management and demand oriented strategies. The CMP also enables MPOs to bring a data driven, objective basis to the process of identifying and implementing congestion management strategies that will allow the region to target the principal causes of congestion at the most congested and safety impacted areas and achieve the greatest benefit to the region.

Congestion Management and Operations Committee (CMOC)

Congestion2PicThe Congestion Management and Operations Committee (CMOC) was initially established with the development and implementation of the Congestion Management Process and acted in an advisory role in providing vital input and direction to the CMP planning process, outcomes, and implementation. The Committee is comprised of vested stakeholders from federal, state, transit, and the region's counties and principal municipalities.  

The CMOC meets on a bimonthly basis addressing issues of regional congestion and operations management and assigns an ad hoc Technical Committee for addressing detailed mobility and operations issues as needed.  In practice, the CMOC represents a collective framework for ongoing cross -jurisdictional coordination of traffic performance reporting, while advancing data collection activities in the process of establishing performance measures for the region's transportation network. 

Another role the CMOC serves is that of the St. Louis Regional ITS Architecture Maintenance Team.  The team's role is to identify changes in the region related to the ITS Architecture and make decisions by consensus on how the changes should be reflected in the Architecture. 

The CMOC provides an opportunity for sharing information about the operation of the regional transportation system between stakeholders, and is a forum for supporting and promoting coordination and integration of the multi-modal regional transportation system.     

CMP Final Report - July 31, 2013

Congestion Management Process
Final Report - July 31, 2013

Congestion Management Process in the St. Louis Region
May 2013



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