TE-04 Traffic Signal Operations: Fundamental Concepts
DescriptionThis course covers the basic concepts and practical applications and operations of traffic signal timing systems for isolated and coordinated intersections. The course engages students through hands-on exercises and real-world examples of signal timing and operations. Some class exercises and demonstrations are taught in a computer lab. A basic knowledge of EXCEL is needed to complete the exercises. NOTE: This is an introductory course in a series of courses on traffic signal operations offered by the Technology Transfer Program. It is strongly recommended that students complete this course before taking either Traffic Signal Operations: Advanced Applications (TE-10) or SYNCHRO and SimTraffic (TE-13). It is also helpful for students to complete this course before taking Type 170 Traffic Signal Controller (TE-08) or Type 2070 Traffic Signal Controller (TE-09).
- types of traffic signals
- principles of signal timing
- timing of fixed and actuated signals
- pedestrian considerations
- introduction to signal coordination
- detector logic
- gap settings
- recall and other features
- signal timing using Excel Spreadsheet (PLANSIG)
- when to change timing settings
- hands on problems and filling timing sheets
What You Will LearnStudents learn how to time signalized intersections focusing on how to apply basic principles in real-world situations.
Who Should AttendThe class is for traffic engineers, planners, consultants, and technicians who are new to traffic signal timing. Experienced practitioners who desire a "refresher" course also benefit.
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