For all MPOs with population greater than 200,000 population, also known as Transportation Management Areas, a Congestion Management Process (CMP) is required to identify the extent, duration and the causes of congestion, provide accurate up-to-date information on existing transportation system operations and performance, and to assess alternative strategies for congestion management that meet state and local needs. The end result should be a safe and effective multi-modal transportation system.


The 2022 CMP Update began in December 2020 and is planned to be completed in spring 2022. This update will analyze the 2018, 2019 and 2020 travel data, recommend potential projects to reduce congestion, and assess project performance in reaching the goals and objectives. The results of this assessment will inform the development of the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan.

Potential strategies for managing congestion in the TPO region were identified based on the TPO’s
existing program, goals and objectives, congestion types and issues.

Stakeholders involved in the update included representatives from traffic, transit, emergency management, and public safety agencies at the local, state, and federal level.


There will be other opportunities later for the public to give input into this process including another outreach effort in spring 2022.



An analysis of transportation system performance as of 2018



The 2018 CMP, an objectives-driven, performance-based approach, will address not only congestion management needs of the region that have emerged since 2010, but also develop consistent methods to support the 2045 RTP Update and ensure federal compliance.



The 2010 CMP was fully integrated into the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan. This ensured the CMP is a living part of the transportation plan development process and eliminated the need for a stand-alone CMP document.



The 2010 CMP was an update to the 2004 Congestion Management System to meet the requirements of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). An update was completed in April 2008 and with a 2010 biennial update.