Type 170 & 2070 Traffic Signal Controllers

Meets: W and Th from 8 AM to 5 PM

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Support Person: Tech Transfer Registrar  Phone: 510-643-4393  Email: registrar@techtransfer.berkeley.edu

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 interactive course covers both similarities and differences in between the Model 170 & 2070 traffic signal controller. These rack mount controllers interface with a variety of electrical cabinet assembly styles, including the ever-popular classic, Model 332 standard. This hands-on course provides working knowledge about the capabilities, applications, and operations of these two controller types, as well as how to program signal timing plans into the controller using various local intersection software programs. The course covers all key topics ranging from controller hardware, module options, diagnostic tools, and field applications. Course instruction includes in-depth implementation issues, and to how to upgrade from NEMA TS1, TS2, or rack mount controllers. The course combines lectures with classroom exercises, case studies, and hands-on controller labs.

Topics Include

  • Hardware module & I/O differences between the Type 170 & 2070 controller platform
  • Selection criteria and specification differences unique to each platform type
  • Lessons learned from early installations, including use of diagnostic tools for each type
  • Signal timing plan strategy for both free and coordinated signal operation. Central system integration, field communications, and NTCIP standard considerations
  • Interfacing and signal timing strategies related to controller cabinet assemblies
  • Strategies and best practices related to controller maintenance & operations (M&O), and safety
  • Vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle detection features available for each controller platform
  • Planning for a successful mixed-use environment of 170 & 2070 controllers, and their associated central control software programs
  • Advanced operations applications involving transit signal priority, mid-block pedestrian crossings, and peer-peer communications
  • Advanced applications related to high-resolution data collection requirement for signal performance measures and connected vehicle operations

What You Will Learn

Students gain a working knowledge of both 170 & 2070 controller operation, including how to deploy the 2070 and integrate these controllers within the agency's jurisdiction. From the controller lab, students will also learn to identify each of the various controller hardware modules, their functions, expansion features, and limitations.

Who Should Attend

All individuals in planning, engineering, and electrical-maintenance fields interested in gaining knowledge and proficiency of signal controllers should attend. Specifically, a need or study in the uses and operations of deploying traffic signal controllers in a field environment will benefit from this course. No prior background in traffic controllers is required, although basic knowledge of traffic signal timing is desirable. New students and returning "refresher course" professionals will benefit from the instruction related to both popular controller hardware styles.

For More Information

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About cancellations, refunds, and substitutions, see How to Enroll

Note: 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.

In lieu of canceling your registration, you have three additional options, you may (1) transfer your registration to another class, (2) receive a tuition credit for the full amount, useable toward a future class, or (3) send a substitute in your place. Please contact us at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin so we may process your request.

Or email us with your questions at registrar@techtransfer.berkeley.edu

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Donald Shupp

Principal, Western Pacific Signal

Mr. Donald Shupp is the founder and CEO of Western Pacific Signal (WP Signal), a regional integrator of Adaptive Signal Control-based, Model 2070-based Central Control Systems. Mr. Shupp has 25 years experience with deploying and upgrading various NEMA, Type 170, Type 2070 traffic controllers, and central-based ATMS software for more than 50 local agency clients throughout California and Washington States. Mr. Shupp served as a former chair of the Arterial Operations Committee (AOC) of the Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Committee (MTC). Mr. Shupp holds and associates degree in Computer Maintenance Technology, is a Level II IMSA Traffic Signal Technician, and an active member of ITS California. He has presented several Connected Vehicle Initiative seminars, and related field projects, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration.

Leonard Gilliana

(retired) Lead Signal Technician, City of Walnut Creek

Mr. Gilliana is the Lead Signal Technician for the City of Walnut Creek. During the past 32 years, he managed the implementation of four signal master upgrades, participated in the design and implementation of the upgrades of communications systems, traffic signal controllers and all related choice of signal cabinet equipment. He developed a routine maintenance program which almost eliminated all malfunction calls.


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