Congestion Management

The congestion management process (CMP), as defined in federal regulation, is intended to serve as a systematic process that provides for safe and effective integrated management and operation of the multimodal transportation system. The process includes:

  • Development of congestion management objectives
  • Establishment of measures of multimodal transportation system performance;
  • Collection of data and system performance monitoring to define the extent and duration of congestion and determine the causes of congestion
  • Identification of congestion management strategies
  • Implementation activities, including identification of an implementation schedule and possible funding sources for each strategy
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of implemented strategies.

A CMP is required in metropolitan areas with population exceeding 200,000, known as Transportation Management Areas (TMAs).  Federal requirements also state that in all TMAs, the CMP shall be developed and implemented as an integrated part of the metropolitan transportation planning process. While not required in MPOs with populations below 200,000, the decision-making process represented by the CMP can still serve as a valuable approach at these smaller Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)

Congestion Management Process Documents

Draft Congestion Management Process - 2020
Summary of Public Comments – 2020 Draft Congestion Management Process (as of January 12, 2021)​
H-GAC Congestion Management Process - 2015 Update
H-GAC Congestion Management Process - 2013
Federal Congestion Management Process Guidebook