TE-01 Fundamentals of Traffic Engineering
CreditsThis course grants 3.2 CEUs and 17.5 AICP CM credits. (Pending AICP Approval)
DescriptionThis course has provided California's traffic engineers and transportation planners with core training for more than three decades. This unique overview of the many basic transportation concepts are meant to provide young professionals with a comprehensive picture of the dynamics affecting their specialty areas. Contents are regularly updated to reflect current practices and new issues, including the latest Federal and State major standards documents: Highway Design Manual, Highway Capacity Manual, California Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, and the latest update to the rules and regulations governing traffic and transportation in the State. The course spans the full range of key areas from characteristics of the transportation system, analysis of flow and capacity, traffic operations, traffic control devices, pedestrian/bicycle facilities, to traffic safety and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). The course is taught by a team of expert practicing professional engineers, whose practice focus on California but also represents best practices throughout the country. Practical applications of the numerous regulatory and guidance documents are brought to the class by the practicing engineers in a friendly and facilitated lectures with plenty of interactive exercises.
- principles of traffic engineering
- traffic stream characteristics
- speed, volume, travel time, delay studies
- roadway design
- traffic control devices
- signing, markings, roadside delineation
- traffic and freeway operations
- congestion management
- capacity analysis
- pedestrian and bicycle facilities
- neighborhood traffic management
- traffic safety analysis and practices
- intersection and speed control
- parking studies
- traffic impact studies
- introduction to advanced traffic management systems
What You Will LearnTraining participants gain a solid, comprehensive understanding of the basic vocabulary, theoretical principles, and working concepts of all major areas of traffic engineering as they are practiced today. Students are also introduced to the essential traffic engineering toolkit used to analyze roadway and traffic operations and to develop projects. Training participants will learn about recent developments in the professional practice of Traffic Engineering in California, including capacity analysis methodologies, legal and societal implications of the practice, safety, professionalism, and how the future currents are affecting the fields. While the course content is vast and topics will be introduced, the instructor team is focused on providing the nuances and the bottom line on how it all fits together to broaden the perspectives of training participants.
Who Should AttendThis course benefits engineers, planners, and technicians in private and public sectors who are either in the beginning or the middle of their careers. The principles and practices are designed to educate and leave participants with a big picture of the interactions of many specialties in traffic and transportation fields. It should be viewed as the introductory course for other advanced classes on Focused topics in traffic engineering. This course may also benefit entry-level traffic engineers who may be planning on taking the California Professional Engineering (PE) License Exam in Traffic Engineering, although this course is not a review course for this PE exam. For more assistance in preparing for the Traffic Engineering PE exam for California, please refer to TE-29 California Traffic Engineering License Exam Review. The materials in this course are based on the following references:
- Highway Capacity Manual 6th Ed.
- Highway Design Manual 6th Ed.
- Caltrans Standard Plans, 2015 Ed.
- California Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices 2014, Revision 3
- SB-743 VMT and related publications
- ITE Trip Generation Manual, 10th Ed.
- AASHTO A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, 6th Edition
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