TE-04 Traffic Signal Operations: Fundamental Concepts

Please Note:   This is a computer class.

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Class Information


  Location: National University, Woodland Hills   (Woodland Hills, CA)


  Instructor Information 

Date and Time

This class begins on 04/19/2017 and ends on 04/20/2017. The class meets W & Th : 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 2 Sessions.

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Class Fees

Course Fee (Basic)CA Public Agency$ 395.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Standard fee$ 790.00

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.

CEUs: 1.60


This course covers the concepts, practical applications, and operations of isolated traffic signals. The course engages students through hands-on exercises and real-world examples of signal timing and operations. 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: Coordination for Corridors (TE-10) or Synchro and SimTraffic (TE-13). It is also helpful for students to complete this course before taking Type 170 & 2070 Traffic Signal Controllers (TE-25).

What this class is not:
  • You will not learn how to coordinate signals, this is covered in TE-10.
  • We will not teach you to use Synchro, this is covered in TE-13.
  • You will not learn how to program controllers and equipment - only partial instruction on timing sheets and detector settings, etc., this is covered in TE-25.
  • You will not learn how to design signals, only how to define specifications like detector setbacks, turn lane lengths, etc. Traffic signal design is covered in TE-02 and TE-41.
For other Tech Transfer courses for the above topics beyond this course, please see Traffic Signals.

Click here for a detailed course outline.

Topics Include

  • 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
  • Synchro input
  • learn to understand Synchro output (PlanSig results will be compared to Synchro output for one of the in-class problems)
  • hands-on problems and filling timing sheets

What You Will Learn

Students learn how to time isolated signalized intersections focusing on how to apply basic principles in real-world situations.

Who Should Attend

The class is for traffic engineers, planners, consultants, and technicians who are new to traffic signal timing. Experienced practitioners who desire a "refresher" course might also benefit from this course.

For More Information

About our courses and credits, see About our Classes

About cancellations, refunds, and substitutions, see How to Enroll
Note: To cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your registration fee (less $50 processing), your written request to cancel must be received in writing at least five (5) business days before the class is scheduled to begin. In lieu of canceling, agencies may send a substitute. Please contact us at least five (5) working days before the class is scheduled to begin so we can revise attendance information for the instructor.

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