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Transmission Letter

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U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration

1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20590

In Reply Refer To: HEPP-1

Dear Colleague:

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty, in collaboration with the FHWA Office of Operations and the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Office of Planning and Environment, has developed two new products to advance the Congestion Management Process (CMP). These two products, The Congestion Management Process: A Guidebook and a summary report Showcasing Visualization Tools in Congestion Management, have been developed to act as a companion package of documents and reflect strong, continuing collaboration among FHWA, FTA, and professionals in metropolitan transportation planning processes nationwide

These documents stand as products of FHWA's and FTA's on-going effort to provide assistance in implementing key provisions of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. These documents do not create new requirements, but merely provide suggested approaches for integrating the CMP into metropolitan transportation planning processes.

We look forward to receiving your feedback, reactions, and experiences in implementing these concepts and utilizing these resources. Please direct any comments, questions, and suggestions to Egan Smith at or (202-366-6072); or John Sprowls at or (202-366-5362).

Sincerely yours,

Signature of James A. Cheatham
James A. Cheatham, Director
FHWA Office of Planning

Signature of Charles Goodman
Charles Goodman, Director
FTA Office of Systems Planning

Technical Documentation

  1. Report No.


  2. Government Accession No.


  3. Recipient's Cataglog No.


  4. Title and Subtitle

    Showcasing Visualization Tools in Congestion Management
    Congestion Management Process: A Guidebook

  5. Report Date

    April 2011

  6. Performing Organization Code


  7. Authors

    Michael Grant (ICF), Matthew Day (ICF), Robert Winick (Motion Maps), Anna Chavis (ICF), Stephanie Trainor (ICF), Jocelyn Bauer(SAIC)

  8. Performing Organization Report No.


  9. Performing Organization Name and Address

    ICF International, Inc.
    9300 Lee Highway
    Fairfax, VA 22031

    Motion Maps, LLC
    1424 Fallswood Drive
    Rockville, MD 20854

    Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
    8301 Greensboro Drive
    McLean, VA 22102

  10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)


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  12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

    United States Department of Transportation
    Federal Highway Administration
    1200 New Jersey Ave. SE
    Washington, DC 20590

  13. Type of Report and Period Covered

    September 2009-April 2011

  14. Supplementary Notes

    Mr. Egan Smith, Federal Highway Administration, COTR

  15. Abstract

    This publication is a summary report describing visualization practices used as part of the congestion management process (CMP), and is a supplement to the CMP Guidebook. These visualizations include maps, charts, graphs, photographs, videos, and computer illustrations and simulations. The report is organized both in terms of the type of visualization and the type/source of data, and includes many examples of visualizations used in CMPs around the nation.

  16. Key Words

    congestion management process, visualization, data collection, operations data, mapping, display of information

  17. Distribution Statement

    No restrictions. This document is available to the public from the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161.

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  19. Security Classif. (of this page)


  20. No. of Pages


  21. Price



This document was developed with input from many individuals from metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) across the country, and active participation and support from the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO). FHWA and FTA would specifically like to thank the following individuals for their contributions that helped to shape this document:

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