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Traffic Signal Operations, Part 2 TE-10

Course | June 26 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | 211 Wheeler Hall

Joy Bhattacharya, PE, Senior Associate, TJKM Transportation Consultants; David Mahama, PE, Senior Engineer, DKS Associates

Institute of Transportation Studies

This two-day course focusing on advanced signal operations topics, will enable you to develop and evaluate performance of two types of traffic signal coordination -- time of day and traffic responsive systems. This course also introduces the advanced traffic adaptive system. For time of day and traffic responsive systems, attendees learn how to determine good timing and coordinated solutions with innovative approaches for managing vehicle queues, turns, and potential gridlock situations, how to find optimal timing solutions, and how to safely accommodate non-motorists. Students will work on signal timing plans using several signals along arterials including freeway interchange signals; assess whether more complex timing solutions offer operational improvements; solve specialized problems such as offset intersections and diamond interchanges; and learn to perform analysis and evaluation of traffic volumes and field checks. The operational concept for traffic adaptive systems will be introduced and results compared with results from the time of day and traffic responsive plans. A basic knowledge of SYNCHRO is helpful.

Topics Include
principles of traffic signal coordination
analysis of volume and system characteristics
software and hardware requirements for signal coordination for each time of day, traffic responsive, and traffic adaptive systems
use of SYNCHRO to develop time of day and traffic responsive timing plans
find optimal timing solutions
working concepts of traffic adaptive control
performance comparison of the three timing strategies
overall evaluation of maintenance of optimized signal timing and operations
integration of arterial systems with freeway ramp metering and control systems.

What You Will Learn
Students learn to plan major signal coordination projects, when to use the different types of timing strategy (time of day, traffic responsive, traffic adaptive), how to proceed from data collection to satisfactory system operation and fine-tuning, and how to update signal coordination plans as traffic conditions change over time. Traffic adaptive software, a key to many "intelligent" traffic management systems, will be introduced.

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for traffic engineers from public agencies and consulting firms who already have some experience in signal coordination work, or who have completed preliminary courses equivalent to Fundamentals of Signal Timing and Operations (TE-04) and Basic SYNCHRO and SimTraffic (TE-13).


Registration opens January 1. Register by June 25 online, or by calling Dana Oldknow at 510-643-4393, or by emailing Dana Oldknow at, 510-643-4393