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Program Description

  Transportation Management, Operations and Emergency/Storm Response

This program supports the Department's mission to provide an effective and efficient transportation system to ensure the safe and convenient movement of persons, bicycles, and vehicles throughout the County through daily traffic management operations and response to emergency events such as winter snow storms, severe wind/rain storms, natural disasters, and man-made emergency incidents.

Elements associated with the daily traffic management of this program focus on the general engineering and maintenance activities relative to the design, construction, and maintenance of traffic signals, the Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS), and communication infrastructure that includes the County's fiber optic network. For real-time management of the traffic signal infrastructure this program also provides for the daily operations of the County's Transportation Management Center (TMC) to monitor the computerized traffic signal system, assist with multi-agency incident management response activities, and coordinate special event traffic management. Daily operations relative to the traffic signal system management account for approximately 50 percent of the program's proposed budget.

In addition to the daily traffic management of signal functionality, this program is also an integral part of coordinating the response to emergencies and severe weather events through the preparation, active response, and post storm/emergency cleanup. Tasks performed during these operations include snow pretreatment, roadway snow removal, sidewalk snow removal, salt application, post snow storm street sweeping, wind and rain storm debris removal, and immediate emergency repairs to damaged and unsafe infrastructure. Emergency operations often require rapid deployment of resources to clear debris/snow to ensure all transportation systems are passable for emergency first responders and the travelling public. During emergency events, this program operates the Storm Operations Center which monitors and coordinates real-time activities Countywide with Fire and Rescue, Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security, local utility companies, and other County agencies and local jurisdictions as needed. The primary goal for the emergency response component of this program is to keep the County residents and traveling public safe, while providing reliable access to the extensive transportation network. Emergency operations under this program are funded by approximately 50 percent of the program's proposed budget. Actual annual costs associated with the emergency response activities regularly exceed the approved budget by over 900 percent, therefore expenditures over the budgeted program amount are covered by the Climate Response Non-Departmental Account.

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Program Contacts

Contact Brady Goldsmith of the Department of Transportation at 240.777.2793 or Mary Beck of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2753 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY19Actual FY20Estimated FY21Target FY22Target FY23
Number of snow and rain storms addressed1311131313
Number of verified reports of unplowed or missed streets3630250225200
Percent of Traffic Signals with fully functioning equipment85%81%81%85%90%
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Program Budget Changes

FY22 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY21 Approved666594739.70
Enhance: Traffic Signals - Operation and Maintenance for new signals added to the network360000.00
Enhance: Maintenance for cameras and fiber added to the Advanced Transportation Management System300000.00
Enhance: Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) Unit Maintenance at 443 Intersections112500.00
Reduce: Signal Optimization Timing - Extend Comprehensive System Review from 8-10 Years to 12-14 Years-700000.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.1327611.20
FY22 Recommended680595840.90