Committee on Transportation System Operations (CTSO)

AASHTO Liaisons
Gummada Murthy, Program Director, Operations
Venkat Nallamothu, Program Manager
Patrick Zelinski, Program Manager

2019 Research Calendar

With the implementation of the new ROPS database (Research in Operations), there are some new processes being unveiled to support the use of ROPS.  First and foremost is the research calendar, shown below.  These dates were designated to balance the time needed to collect and vet research ideas against the required submittal dates to NCHRP.  Please be patient during this first year, as we expect to improve the process as we go.  These same dates apply to RTSMO, Freeway Ops, and any other interested TRB committees intending to coordinate on operations research ideas via ROPS.

  1. July 1 – deadline to have ideas submitted into ROPS
  2. July 12 – communication out to members to rank research ideas by the end of July
  3. August 5-12 – Galen/Scott review initial rankings, notify leadership of CTSO/RTSMO of preliminary rankings
  4. August 26 – Finalize rankings at CTSO annual meeting in Jackson, Wyoming

To underscore, research ideas should be submitted into ROPS by July 1 for consideration for the next round of NCHRP research funding.

AASHTO Committee on Transportation System Operations (CTSO)

CSTO focuses on transportation system operations and associated intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and emerging technology with a goal of improving safety, system reliability, and highway system performance.  This committee strives to transform the national transportation community to a transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) culture and guides the National Operations Center of Excellence and the AASHTO Operations Technical Service Program, in collaboration with the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America).  The CTSO provides leadership for AASHTO with regard to highway transport and commercial vehicle safety, size and weight issues, and coordinates with the commercial vehicle industry and its representative associations regarding vehicle design, standards, and practices associated with commercial motor vehicle operations.  The committee serves as a depository of technical information, solutions, and advice on transportation-related communication systems and equipment, including connected and automated vehicle (CAV) integration, operations-related cyber security, protecting sufficient communication spectrum to meet the needs of the member departments, and representing the interests of AASHTO and its member departments in proceedings before Federal agencies on telecommunications matters.

The Subcommittee on Operations is composed of membership from the Working Groups on Operations Strategies, Operations Implementation, and Freight Operations. The Subcommittee on Technology is composed of membership from the Working Group on Communications Technology, Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV), and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). CTSO also has a Subcommittee on Performance Management and Data, as well as a Community of Practice on Road Weather Management.

Committee Structure:

CTSO Webinar

A webinar was held on January 30, 2018 to describe the new Committee on Transportation System Operations. The webinar slides are available here, and a recording of the webinar is available here.