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Session No. 3B

Session Title: PennDOT Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) — Continuing Maturity

Session Description: Pennsylvania continues to invest in programming transportation operations. As data sources increase, planning and programming for operations become more sophisticated and robust.  This session will provide and update on TSMO implementation and operations at PennDOT Central Office, PennDOT’s TMC and in a rural PennDOT District.

Moderator Name: Steven Barber, P.E., P.T.O.E., Vice-President, Michael Baker International               

TSMO Program Plan Update and Projections, Doug Tomlinson, P.E., Bureau Chief, Traffic Operations, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

TMC Operations and TSMO Updates, Ryan McNary, Assistant Manager, TMC Operations 

Central PA- Regional Operations Plan (ROP)Dennis (Denny) Prestash, RTMC Traffic Operation & ITS Manager, PennDOT District 2-0

Speaker Bios

Doug Tomlinson's career has focused on various aspects of traffic engineering including work zone traffic control, traffic signals, traffic calming, incident management, ITS, and Traffic Operations. He is currently a Chief of Traffic Operations for PennDOT’s Bureau of Maintenance and Operations with a focus on Planning and Operations.  Doug has worked for PennDOT since 1994. He was named ITS PA person of the year by the Pennsylvania chapter in 2013. Tomlinson was a graduate of PennDOT’s first Executive Development Academy, as well as a 2008 Graduate of the Operations Academy. Tomlinson graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology.

Ryan McNary is the Assistant Manager of Traffic Management Center (TMC) Operations in PennDOT’s Central Office. As a part of his duties, he is the project manager for PennDOT’s Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS), he leads PennDOT’s traffic operations performance metrics program, and he helps manage the Statewide Traffic Management Center. McNary began work with PennDOT 11 years ago, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Planning from West Chester University.

Denny Prestash currently serves as PennDOT’s Traffic Operations and ITS Manager for the Central Region of Pennsylvania. Prestash directs the Departments District Regional Traffic Management Center, which monitors all state routes including Interstates 80, 99 and 180 within Districts 2, 3, and 9 encompassing 24 counties total. This is accomplished by closed circuit cameras, dynamic message signs, highway advisory radios, and bridge sprayers totaling over 250 devices. Prestash also manages the districts traffic signals, TIS reviews, torts, AVL team, and fatal investigation studies, and ICC Activations which each play a major role in the department’s transportation safety efforts and contribute to the efficient movement of traffic flow in the Central Region. He is a graduate of Penn State, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He was named ITS PA person of the year by the Pennsylvania chapter in 2012 and was a recipient of the PennDOT Star of Excellence Award.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Room 206

  • Full Presentation Slides (PDF)

TSMO Program Plan Update and Projections

TMC Operations and TSMO Updates

Central PA- Regional Operations Plan (ROP)



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