TE-51 Adaptive Traffic Control Systems (online)

Please Note:   This is an online class

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CEUs:  CEUs: 1.20

This class is offered in partnership with the California Department of Transportation, Division of Local Assistance. Registration fees are subsidized with funding from the Cooperative Training Assistance Program. Reduced rates are available to employees of California's city, county, regional, and other public agencies only.


This newly updated online course offers a summary of fundamental principles, operational requirements and expected benefits of some of the frequently deployed Adaptive Traffic Control Systems. The first session presents various traffic control systems and general characteristics, market state, and evaluations of the ATCS. The second session addresses SCOOT and ACS Lite, two systems with similarities in algorithms but various detection and communication requirements. The third session presents SynchroGreen and InSync, recent ATCSs which recently gained a lot of popularity among the US customers. Finally, the fourth session focuses on SCATS (one of the oldest and widely deployed systems in the entire world) and other ATCSs from the US market. Each session is divided into three major parts: the first offers a summary of fundamental principles of a selected adaptive technology, the second covers summary of operational and institutional requirements to run adaptive control, and the third presents operational benefits from available case studies.

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Topics Include

  • Fundamental principles of ATCS operations
  • Adjustment of signal timings and operational flexibility
  • Detection requirements
  • Communication requirements
  • Software and hardware requirements
  • Reported operational modes
  • Institutional preparation for deployment of an ATCS
  • Reported operational benefits

What You Will Learn

Students will obtain a significant amount of technical information to understand fundamental principles of operations, deployment requirements, and reported operational benefits (highlighted through exemplary case studies) of some of the frequently deployed Adaptive Traffic Control Systems. This information will help students to become familiar with these relatively new signal control technologies and develop a realistic set of expectations regarding their deployments and operational benefits.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for traffic engineers, planners, technicians, and decision makers in municipal, county, and state agencies interested in the operations, requirements and benefits of Adaptive Traffic Control System technologies, particularly those with the responsibility for the planning, design, implementation, operation, and maintenance of traffic signal control systems for urban areas.

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Cancellation fee is $75. There are no refunds for classes with registration fees of $75 or less. For all other classes, you may cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your registration fee less $75, provided we receive your written request to cancel at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin.

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