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In order for the plan to be successful, support and buy-in is needed from every area of transportation: engineering (Federal, State, local, and MPO), enforcement, education, and emergency medical services (EMS). Notify and engage stakeholders who were instrumental in developing the plan and identify gaps in support. Potential stakeholders may include:
Stakeholders may come from unexpected areas of transportation. Broadly distributing the plan is vital to gathering a diverse set of stakeholders eager to work together and implement the plan. An agency's communication and outreach techniques will depend on the agency's structure and goals; however, techniques that have proven successful include:
Identify a motivated, passionate leader to oversee the plan's implementation. This individual will be responsible for assembling a Speed Management Team (see Step 4), gaining management buy-in for the strategies and implementation techniques, and keeping in touch with strategy leaders (see Step 6) to monitor progress and offer resources and support.
A dedicated leader supported by an enthusiastic team sets up the Speed Management Plan for successful implementation. Form a speed management group that meets quarterly or bi-annually and includes all stakeholders from Step 1. This team will define their goals and vision, prioritize strategies, help identify funding and resources, promote speed management practices and concepts, and track the progress of plan strategies and action steps.
Whether an agency forms a large, diverse Speed Management Team or the effort is coordinated by a small group of staff, strategies should be reviewed and prioritized according to the level of resources available to the agency. Some strategies may be policy- or guidance-focused and only require staff time from a single agency. Others may be more complex and costly and could require multiple transportation agencies to work together.
Assign an agency and a specific person within the agency to lead each strategy. This individual is responsible for recruiting the necessary stakeholders, assembling a team to execute the strategy, identifying and gathering necessary resources, and garnering buy-in from management.
Strategy leads are responsible for documenting implementation goals and tracking progress. Many agencies conduct status meetings that focus solely on reporting performance measures. Consider including progress goals within these meetings or reporting progress regularly to management. Once implemented, evaluate the results as appropriate. Celebrating success and recognizing the people that were integral in achieving the goal is important for sustaining momentum and keeping stakeholders engaged.
To learn more or receive technical assistance, visit the Federal Highway Administration's Speed Management webpage (https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/speedmgt/) or contact:
FHWA Speed Management Program Manager