Traffic Flow Principles for Practitioners (online)

Meets: Th from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: Online

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This course grants 0.75 CEUs and 7.5 AICP CMs. (Pending AICP Approval)


This online training course provides fundamental and practical knowledge on traffic flows, with emphasis on how to assess and improve these flows. Attendees will learn basic assessment methods and traffic flow theories particularly for evaluating the effects of bottlenecks, as well as the application of these concepts to improve traffic conditions on street and highway networks. This course uses a combination of lectures, case-study examples, and classroom exercises to convey tools and logic for tackling traffic problems. It provides a sound technical foundation for more specialized courses such as traffic signal operations, freeway operations, and roadway capacity analysis.

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Topics Include

  • Fundamental flow concepts and traffic stream properties
  • Assessment tools such as time space and queueing diagrams
  • Models for congested traffic
  • Bottleneck evaluation and capacity analysis
  • Evaluation of vehicle delays
  • Applications to traffic signals, ramp-metering, network design and network-wide congestion management

What You Will Learn

Attendees will gain good understanding of principles in traffic operations and how these principles can be applied to address real-world traffic problems.

Who Should Attend

This course is specially tailored for engineers and planners who work in the traffic and transportation fields, with or without previous formal training/experience in traffic flow fundamentals.


Refunds will not be given for technical problems. It is your responsibility to test your own connection before the class starts. We suggest you discuss any possible problems with your IT person at least one day before the class.



Michael Cassidy

PE, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University California, Berkeley

Dr. Cassidy is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on traffic and transportation operations, traffic control, and public transit. In 23 years of academic activity at Purdue University and the University of California, Berkeley Dr. Cassidy has published roughly 60 papers in refereed journals and has supervised 18 Ph.D. dissertations.

Eric Gonzales

Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dr. Gonzales is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, specializing in urban traffic operations and large-scale multimodal transportation systems. He teaches transportation engineering and transportation planning at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has also assisted with the instruction of courses on civil engineering, transportation systems engineering, and worked on developing a course in public transit systems. He is a member of ASCE and ITE, and his research includes work to understand the dynamics of urban traffic congestions through theoretical and applied studies.


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