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Traffic Signal Systems Fundamentals

Length: Approximately eight hours.

Description

Traffic Signal Systems Fundamentals are associated with one of the more dynamic technologies in traffic control devices. Focused on the various aspects of traffic signal operations, this course takes the student through all phases of the decision process, from the initial investigation for the need for a traffic signal to its installation, operation, and maintenance.

Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basic operation principles of traffic signal systems.
  • Discuss the principal warrants for traffic signals.
  • Explain coordination principles, fixed-time, and traffic-responsive operation.
  • Illustrate models used to support development of optimal signal timings and performance measures for isolated intersections.

Outline

Author

Dr. Nathan H. Gartner
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Brian Smith
University of Virginia

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