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Traffic Signal Operations (Blended)

Length: Approximately 10 – 15 hours.


Instructor: Kevin Lee, Kittelson and Associates

Are you looking for a Traffic Signal Operations course that offers the flexibility and convenience of a web-based course, but also offers interaction with the instructor and fellow students? This course provides students with an understanding of both the theory and practice of traffic signal timing and its impact on traffic operations. It gives students an overview of the terms associated with signal timing; discusses the concepts of cycle length, split, offset, midblock friction, phase sequences, the signal timing process, and signal timing optimization; and looks at the types of actuated controllers, passage time, extension, and the coordination of actuated and pretimed controllers. It also discusses the development of timing plans, explores types of signal control (first generation control and advanced techniques, including Rhodes, RT-TRACS, SCAT, and SCOOT) and investigates the relationship of signal timing to ITS: regional and system/design considerations.


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

  • Discuss the fundamental concepts underlying traffic control signal timing
  • Identify the different types of traffic control signals and their operating characteristics
  • Define the terms used to evaluate the effectiveness of traffic signal control
  • List the steps involved in developing timing plans
  • Recognize the role of traffic signal control systems within the broader context of ITS

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I went into this not knowing what to expect, and in a few short weeks, came out with the confidence to handle traffic signal-related issues head on in the workplace.

- Matthew Manzella, AECOM

I learned a lot of the fundamentals of signal operations that I can apply to my everyday work in managing my city's traffic signal operations.

- Kelsey Buford, City of St. Peters

After completing this course I am able implement what I learned in my current role as a traffic monitoring operator. Some of the things I learned was the fundamental concepts and different types of traffic control signals. Learning the fundamental concepts and different types of traffic control signals has made me more comfortable in my current role. "If you want to learn more about traffic signal operations, this is the course to take".

- Jonathan Parker, AECOM

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