The New Visions Plan addresses operations and travel reliability in a number of important ways and provides a framework for improving regional environmental quality. CDTC has studied traffic congestion and traffic operations in the Capital District. The New Visions Plan recognizes that managing traffic flows is critical for the health of the region. There are multiple tools available for managing traffic and the Plan supports a comprehensive approach to traffic management. Some of the major categories of tools include incident management, demand management, intelligent transportation systems (technology), arterial management and land use planning. The New Visions Plan states that reliable traffic flow is more important than reducing congestion – traffic congestion is often a sign of an area’s economic vitality.