Traffic Incident Management (TIM)

Traffic Incident Management (TIM)

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), through enhanced Traffic Incident Management (TIM) programs, provides tools, guidance, capacity building and good practices that aid local and State DOTs and their partners in efforts to improve transportation network efficiency and public/responder safety when a non-recurring event either interrupts or overwhelms transportation operations. Non-recurring events can range from traffic incidents and traffic planning for Planned Special Events (PSE), to disaster or emergency transportation operations. Over the past decade, FHWA has developed tools and capabilities to improve the management of transportation for both planned and unplanned events. Whether the precipitating event is a traffic incident, a planned event, or an emergency with the potential to escalate to an evacuation, state and local DOTs must be prepared to respond to and manage such events no matter what time of day or night.

The IACP has established a Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Subcommittee under the direction of the IACP Highway Safety Committee (HSC). The TIM Subcommittee, working with HSC and FHWA, will operate to address safety, operations, training, and outreach initiatives related to TIM nationally; promote TIM policies, procedures, and training in the law enforcement community while maximizing the overall effectiveness of TIM strategies and resources; enhance existing TIM programs while providing necessary resources to those jurisdictions new to TIM; and support relationships and understanding between TIM disciplines.

TIM Subcommittee Meeting Minutes
Minutes from TIM Subcommittee meetings are available on-line by date of the meeting.

 - 2010 December
 - 2011 March 
 - 2011 June
 - 2011 September
 - 2011 November
 - 2012 March
 - 2012 June
 - 2012 November
 - 2013 March 
 - 2013 August 

Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Video--Available Online!

The IACP Traffic Incident Management Subcommittee has created a new video addressing traffic incident management concepts, policies, and practices. This online video is now available on the IACP YouTube channel, accessible here. Watch the video, incorporate it into your agency's training, and share with others!

TIM Partner Agencies/Organizations

Traffic Incident Management is supported by numerous agencies and professional organizations.

TIM Performance Measurement Knowledgebase

The TIM Performance Measurement Knowledgebase, a critical national resource supported by the FHWA Office of Operations, provides a user-friendly, online reference for transportation professionals to successfully implement program-level TIM performance measures. Users can browse and keyword search the Knowledgebase, identify conferences and other events, tools, presentations, resources, national program-level performance measures, and reports and other documents by State. In addition, users can subscribe to the TIM Performance Measurement LISTSERV to share information with colleagues throughout the nation. Check it out today!


TIM Reports, Research, Standards, and Resources


Primary and Secondary Incident Management Report

The Virginia Center for Transporation Innovation and Research recently (April 2011) released a report, Primary and Secondary Incident Management: Predicting Durations in Real Time. The report was designed to "define secondary incidents, undersatnd and analyze the occurrence and nature of such incident, and develop tools that can comprehensively and continuously analyze primary and secondary incidents at the planning an operational levels, ultimately contributing to congestion management." The report includes research, the development on online tools, and recommendations to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Access Report.

Best Practices in Traffic Incident Management

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have released the  Best Practices in Traffic Incident Management Executive Summary (September 2010) (PDF). Various tools and strategies have been developed and implemented by a variety of first responders and transportation agencies across the nation. Traffic Incident Management (TIM) practitioners representing first responders and transportation agencies from 14 states reviewed various TIM policies, procedures, and technologies to identify current best practices. Task-specific tools and strategies identified in the summary found to be most effective in enhancing TIM efforts include: detection and verification, traveler information, response, scene management and traffic control, and quick clearance and recovery.

2010 Traffic Incident Management Handbook

The 2010 version of the Traffic Incident Management Handbook (or TIM Handbook) includes the latest advances in TIM programs and practices across the country, and offers practitioners insights into the latest innovations in TIM tools and technologies. The 2010 TIM Handbook also features a parallel Web-based version that can be conveniently bookmarked, browsed, or keyword-searched for quick reference. This version supersedes the Freeway Incident Management Handbook, published by FHWA in 1991 and the Traffic Incident Management Handbook published in 2000. The 2010 TIM Handbook is available in both HTML and PDF formats on the FHWA Office of Operations, Traffic Incident Management website.

Traffic Incident Management Resource Management

The Traffic Incident Management Resource Managementguidebook (a publication of the Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation) is designed to identify and explore opportunities for improvement in resource management by considering the most efficient and effective use of resources across all responding agencies in combination, and to describe potential cost-sharing strategies that would allow these efficiencies to be realized.

Emergency Responder Safety News

The Emergency Responder Safety Institute maintains a website with current news and information regarding emergency responder safety. More detail can be found on their Responder Safety website.

Traffic Incident Management Summit

The I-95 Corridor Coalition, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the National Traffic Incident Management Coalition (NTIMC) hosted the National NUG Summit - A Summit on the National United Goal for Traffic Incident Management on September 21-22, 2010.  The Summit hosted nearly 150 TIM service providers in person and nearly 150 additional participants via webinar. View Presentations (PDF) (Caution: file size is large-20.53MB).