Transportation Systems Management and Operations

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  • The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) works to maintain our roads, but we are also working to make the roads we have already built safer and less congested. Through our Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) program, we are adding advanced technologies and partnerships to our traditional practices - from construction to clearing crashes to plowing snow - increasing mobility, reliability and safety along the way. Some TSMO benefits include:

    MDOT TSMO graphicEfficient commutes - Optimally timed traffic lights help vehicles move more smoothly through intersections. Harmonizing traffic lights can reduce travel times by 8 to 20 percent.

    Clear routes - Michigan Traffic Incident Management Effort (Mi-TIME) provides important training on quickly and safely clearing traffic incidents. So far, Mi-TIME has trained more than 5,600 responders. 

    Safer construction zones - Technologies to safely manage construction zones help decrease the number of work zone crashes, injuries and deaths. 

    Easier-to-use travel information - MDOT's Mi Drive website provides 24/7 traffic and incident information. 

    Fewer wasted gallons of gas - Travelers won't burn fuel idiling in congestion, enhancing livability and sustainability. 

    Better, faster, cheaper, safer, and smarter - These solutions allow MDOT to more cost-effectively reduce congestion, increase safety, and provide Michigan residents with measurable benefits NOW.

    Michigan leading the way - Planet M promotes innovation in transportation mobility technologies across the state. 


    Michigan DOT TSMO Implementation and Strategic Plan PDF icon

  • Business Cases

    National research has shown that most stakeholders are not familiar with the wide variety of benefits offered by TSMO. MDOT has developed these TSMO Business Cases for outreach and education. These documents, tailored to key stakeholder groups, summarize the mobility, safety, and reliability benefits that TSMO can bring to Michigan:

    Public - An introduction to TSMO for the general public PDF icon.

    Legislators - Information designed to foster understanding of TSMO concepts for lawmakers PDF icon considering transportation policy.

    Partners - TSMO information targeted to transportation partners PDF icon, such as consultants, universities, municipalities, other DOT’s and agencies.

    MDOT Decision Makers - A TSMO discussion aimed at MDOT executives PDF icon.

    Technical Staff - TSMO information for other MDOT technical staff PDF icon.