The Congestion Management Process (CMP) is a management system and process conducted by the Ocala Marion TPO to improve traffic operations and safety through the use of either strategies that reduce travel demand or the implementation of operational improvements. The TPO is required by Florida Statute (339.175) to prepare a CMP as part of its ongoing planning activities.
The public benefits from having a functional CMP in place. Recommendations in the CMP often support improved travel conditions through the implementation of low cost improvements or strategies that can be implemented in a relatively short timeframe (within 5‐10 years) compared to more traditional capacity improvements such as adding additional travel lanes, which can take over 10 years to implement and cost significantly more. Projects identified through the CMP process may also be added to future updates/amendments of the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) should they require a longer timeframe to implement.
The Census designated Urbanized Area (UZA) population of the TPO for the first time is anticipated to grow beyond 200,000 once the 2020 Census results are made public. As a result, the TPO will be re-designated as a Transportation Management Area (TMA), and be required to develop a CMP that is in full compliance with Federal Law (U.S. Code 23, 450.322). Therefore, the CMP will be a high priority task to be updated and completed by the TPO in 2020 and 2021.
The Policy and Procedures Handbook developed by the TPO in 2011 serves as a historical guide on how the CMP is currently followed by the TPO. The document may be used as a reference.