Experience has shown that we cannot eliminate congestion on our transportation network by just adding lanes on our highways or with additional new roads. Other measures can be taken to effectively reduce congestion such as improving traffic signal timing, improving intersections (adding/lengthening turn lanes, etc.), modifying medians and investing in transit and pathways for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Federal and State regulations require that Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) develop a Congestion Management Process (CMP). The (CMP) is a detailed 8-step process that an urban area follows to improve the performance of its transportation system by reducing the negative impacts of traffic congestion. A CMP is developed to improve traffic flow and safety conditions. It seeks to accomplish this by using a combination of strategies that can reduce travel demand, improve traffic operations, or provide options other than driving alone during times when roadways tend to be more congested.
The Collier MPO sets aside part of its federal transportation funding allocation for congestion management projects that relieve congestion in corridors that do not meet an acceptable level of service standards as determined by Collier County and the Cities of Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City, and where widening projects are not funded within the next five years. Public comment and detailed technical analysis conducted during the peak winter tourist season is used to determine the type of specific congestion management projects that should be undertaken in these corridors.
Candidate congestion management projects are prioritized by the MPO’s Congestion Management Committee which makes recommendations to the Collier MPO Board for final approval. To be eligible for part of the congestion management funding allocation, projects cannot require the acquisition of right-of-way. Transit and pathways projects must be able to demonstrate that the project will remove automobiles from congested roadway segments.
The adopted 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) also sets-aside additional funding for computerized motorist advisory system enhancements and other projects to manage existing/future traffic levels through the use of computer technology.
Congestion Management Process
The Congestion Management Process (CMP) was updated in 2017 and describes the MPO’s data-driven planning process to identify congestion hotspots, analyze alternative solutions, and recommend prioritized congestion management projects for future funding by the MPO Board. The 2017 CMP update called for the preparation of a Transportation System Performance (TSP) Report that would provide a thorough assessment of the transportation system and include analysis of recently completed projects using the CMP’s performance measures. The Transportation System Performance Report will recommend short- and long-term candidate projects to address congestion.
A Newsletter Congestion Management Newsletter 2020 has been developed to provide an overview and understanding of the CMP.
The MPO completed a survey as part of the Transportation System Performance Report in the Spring of 2020. More than 2,700 members of the public responded to the survey questions related to existing congestion and potential congestion reduction strategies. A summary of the survey responses and conclusions can be downloaded here.
Check back for more updates as the Transportation System Performance Report is updated this year.