Congestion Management Process

The Congestion Management Process (CMP) is a management system and process conducted by a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to improve the safety and reliability of traffic operations by providing strategies to reduce travel demand on the roadway network or providing improvements to the overall transportation network.

Per the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the CMP is “a systematic approach collaboratively developed and implemented throughout a metropolitan region that provides for the safe and effective management and operation of new and existing transportation facilities through the use of demand reduction and operational management strategies.”

The CMP is intended to benefit the public by improving travel conditions with approaches that often may be implemented more quickly or at a lower cost than many capacity improvements, such as adding travel lanes or creating new travel corridors. Longer-term solutions are also identified in the CMP with the intention that they will be considered in the MPO’s Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), which is a document that plans for at least 20 years in the future.

A Transportation Management Area (TMA) is required to develop and implement a CMP as a part of the metropolitan planning process. A TMA is an urbanized area (UZA) with a population that exceeds 200,000 people or any area where designation as a TMA has been requested. The area covered by the Lake-Sumter MPO does not meet the criteria. Still, it has developed this CMP “to provide the information needed to make informed decisions regarding the proper allocation of transportation resources” as required by Florida law. This CMP report updates the Lake-Sumter MPO Goals and Objectives and develops a matrix of strategies to be considered when evaluating corridors.

This Policy and Procedures Handbook is being updated to coincide with the Lake-Sumter 2045 LRTP and intended to be updated with each successive LRTP. A separate document known as the State of the System Report will summarize the performance of the existing transportation system. A comparison to prior year performance identifies congested corridors and may recommend specific improvements.

Inquiries concerning Traffic Impact Analysis, Traffic Study Methodology, please contact:

Michael Woods

Executive Director, Lake~Sumter MPO

1300 Citizens Blvd., Suite 175

Leesburg, FL 34748

MWoods@LakeSumterMPO.com