Cost

The cost of O&M at the Arizona TMC was estimated at $2 million per year.

Arizona TMC O&M Cost Per Year


January 2006
Arizona; United States


Summary Information

The Transportation Management Center Staffing and Scheduling for Day-to-Day Operations technical document provides guidance, useful strategies, suggested approaches and techniques, and recommended practices to assure transportation management centers (TMCs) are adequately staffed to meet service demands.

The study indicated that personnel payroll costs are most often the predominant cost factor in O&M budgets for service operations. To be cost-effective, TMCs must generate efficient schedules and optimize staffing levels. The data below extracted from Figure A.2 (2005) of the source report identifies O&M cost items in the Arizona TMC budget.

Budget Item
Annual Cost
Personnel
$920,000
Equipment and Supplies
$320,000
Operations Support
$300,000
Utilities
$200,000
Building Maintenance
$120,000
Software Licenses
$100,000
Training
$40,000
TOTAL
$2 million

The Arizona TMC operates 24/7 and performs three primary functions: Incident Management, Traffic Management, and Traveler Information. The TMC includes an administrative unit, a project development unit, and a unit that maintains day-to-day operations at the TMC. Each day includes three shifts: morning (6:00 AM to 2:00 PM), evening (2:00 PM to 10:00 PM) and night (10:00 PM to 6:00 AM).

Staffing levels for day-to-day operations were reported as follows:
  • Full-time state employees (1 Operations supervisor; 3 Operations shift supervisors; 9 Operators)
  • Part-time students and interns (3 Operators per shift)


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Source

Transportation Management Center Staffing and Scheduling for Day-to-Day Operations

Author: Wolf, Mark B., et al.

Published By: U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration

Prepared by the Human Systems Engineering Branch Georgia Tech Research Institute for the U.S DOT FHWA

Source Date: January 2006

URL: http://tmcpfs.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/cfprojects/uploaded_files/Final_Technical_Document1.pdf

System Cost

TMC Service Operations: $2 million per year.

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Cost ID: 2008-00161