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Congestion Management Process

MPOs with a population exceeding 200,000 in population are required to carry out congestion management processes, or CMPs. CMPs are described in Federal law, and are intended to examine the sources of congestion, evaluate alternative strategies for alleviating congestion, and monitor the performance of these strategies. MPOs are required to assess strategies that are not traditional single-occupant vehicle (SOV) expansion projects (such as roadway widenings and new construction of general purpose travel lanes) before programming roadway capacity expansion construction projects.

CRTPO adopted goals, objectives and performance measures for the CMP in February 2013

Goals, Objectives and Performance Measures;

CRTPO CMP Goal and Objectives Performance Measures
Goal: Manage Congestion  
Develop congestion management measures % of Roadway Miles at a Travel Time Index (TTI)/Level of Service (1.2 to 1.49 TTI/Level of Service E - Moderate Congestion; 1.5 or more TTI/Level of Service F - Heavy Congestion)
Reduce non-recurring congestion duration Number of Crashes per 100 MVMT, related to the statewide average
Consider full range of Congestion Management Strategies Were all reasonable techniques and strategies considered --- Yes / No?
Improve the resiliency, redundancy, and reliability of the transportation network Extract data from Inrix – Use Buffer, or other indices


Next Steps

  • Apply the CMP Process to TIP and MTP projects – Review the roadway capacity projects included in TIP and 2040 MTP (for years up to 2030), and apply the CMP process identified in this study.
  • Conduct the first update of the CMP in two to three years - Assess how the process worked and if there were any unforeseen problems.
  • Perform subsequent updates every four to five years - Verify that the CMP continues to be applicable to CRTPO’s vision, goals and objectives.
  • Hold periodic meetings of the CMP Task Force - Schedule regular meetings throughout the year, such as quarterly or semi-annually to identify and address changing conditions or requirements.


Task Force Members: 



Dennis Rorie

Travel Demand Model

Anna Gallup

Mohamed Kaddoumi

Charlotte Dept. of Transportation

Norm Steinman

Charlotte Dept. of Transportation

Debbie Smith

Bicycle & Pedestrian

Curtis Bridges

Charlotte Area Transit System

David McDonald

Charlotte Engineering & Property Management

Jim Keenan

NCDOT-Division 10

Scott Cole

Stuart Basham

NCDOT-Division 12

Anil Panicker

NCDOT-Intelligent Transportation Systems


Federal Highway Administration

Loretta Barren

Joe Geigle

Iredell County

Andrew Ventresca

Mecklenburg County

Stephen Trott

Mecklenburg County Air Quality

Megan Green

Transportation Demand Management

Travis Johnson

Staff Resource

Bob Cook


For additional background on CMPs, visit the Federal Highway Administration’s website by clicking here