What is TSMO?

Transportation System Management and Operations (TSMO) refers to managing our region's transportation systems. This includes infrastructure, road safety and travel demand management. It also refers to traffic operations enhanced with new technologies. TSMO focuses on improvements that can restore and maintain the capacity of the existing transportation system without adding more lanes.

MAG's Notable Recent Efforts

  • Developed a comprehensive System Management and Operations (SMO) plan that identified infrastructure needs in priority corridors and recommends strategies needed to improve operations.
  • Completed the federally funded I-10 Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Development Planning Study. ICM is one of the key strategies of TSMO which involves multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional efforts in managing congestions caused by incidents along major commute corridors. The study developed specific ICM strategies for the western segment of the I-10 corridor to actively manage the freeway-to-arterial traffic diversions during an incident.
  • Created a Regional ITS Architecture which contains a detailed inventory and interconnects of existing and planned ITS deployments in and across MAG member agencies. MAG Regional ITS Architecture is a foundation for the region’s planning of TSMO and emerging technologies.
  • MAG's Traffic Signal Optimization Program (TSOP) provides annual technical assistance to MAG member agencies to re-time the traffic signals across the regions.
  • Conducted a multi-year pilot project and led to the permanent funding to co-locate a Department of Safety (DPS) officer at the ADOT Traffic Operations Center for improved coordination and management of traffic incidents on the urban freeway system. A photo of the ADOT Traffic Operations Center is below.
ADOT Traffic Center
ADOT Traffic Operations Center (click to enlarge)


MAG's Goals

  • Safety - Reduce crashes and fatalities through improved traffic management and procedures.
  • Efficiency - Optimize existing transportation system capacity to mitigate congestion.
  • Reliability - Manage critical corridors to minimize travel time fluctuations in the daily commute.
  • Collaboration – Streamline TSMO as a core objective in transportation planning, design, construction, and maintenance across agencies.
  • Leadership - Provide region leadership in research and implementation of emerging technologies.

  • Systems Management and Operations Plan

    The goal of this MAG study is to produce a Systems Management and Operations Plan that would help guide the MAG region in making strategic investments needed to expand.
  • I-10 Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Development Planning Study

    MAG is undertaking the Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Deployment Planning Study for the I-10 Corridor through the Phoenix metropolitan area.
  • MAG Regional ITS Architecture

    The Regional Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Architecture describes how the various applications of ITS implemented across the Phoenix metropolitan region are interconnected and function as a regional system.
  • Guidelines for ITS Planning in Smaller Jurisdictions

    The goal of this MAG study was to develop a document that would serve as a guideline and template that could be readily utilized by staff at smaller jurisdictions in the MAG region to plan and implement ITS infrastructure.
  • Traffic Signal Optimization Program

    Traffic signal optimization is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve traffic movement and make our streets safer and more efficient.
  • Freeway Service Patrol

    The Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) Program is a regional effort by MAG, Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS), Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
  • Emergency Vehicle Preemption State of the Practice

    MAG conducted a comprehensive study regarding current Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) practices in the MAG region.
  • City of Buckeye Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Strategic Plan

    MAG is coordinating with City of Buckeye staff to develop the city’s first ITS Strategic Plan that would help the agency make strategic investments in ITS infrastructure and equip the agency with staff to manage and operate the system.
  • Northern Parkway ITS Infrastructure Needs Assessment Study

    The Northern Parkway is a regional transportation facility. It extends 12 miles from SR303L to US60 along the general Northern Avenue alignment.
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems Program

    Intelligent Transportation Systems, or ITS, is the usage of sensor, computer, electronics and communication technologies and management strategies in a cohesive way. The goal is to improve the safety and efficiency of the surface transportation system.