Congestion Management Process

Monitor, measure, diagnose

Federal regulations require metropolitan planning organizations to develop and implement a congestion management process as part of the planning process. This process is intended to be a systematic way to:

  • Monitor, measure and diagnose the causes of current and future congestion.
  • Evaluate and implement strategies to manage current and future congestion.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of strategies implemented to manage congestion.
Traffic congestion on freeway

Congestion Management Process policy

MARC has developed a congestion management process to meet the unique needs of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The congestion management process includes an ongoing method to provide information on the performance of the transportation system and on alternative strategies to manage congestion and enhance mobility and safety. The process uses an objectives-driven, performance-based approach, and emphasizes effective management of existing facilities through the use of travel demand and operational management strategies.

The Congestion Management Process policy provides a framework for how MARC activities address the federal congestion management process requirements. The policy was developed with input from regional transportation stakeholders.

Congestion and reliability in Kansas City

Data gives us a big picture look at levels of congestion in the region over a period of time. Using travel data, the Transportation Congestion and Reliability report offers interactive maps that display the location and severity of congestion at varying times of the day. This report can be used to inform important decisions about roadway improvements, or for other purposes, such as finding a way to avoid the typical rush-hour congestion.

Congestion Management Toolbox

The Congestion Management Toolbox provides a reference of alternative strategies to consider in corridor studies and NEPA documents. When local agencies in the region find themselves considering roadway capacity projects, they can use the Toolbox like a checklist. They can consider each item and determine whether a strategy (or package of strategies) and the relevant actions/projects have a reasonable potential for providing benefit to the corridor or study area being evaluated.