Training & Workshops
- Traffic Signal Design and Operation - NHI Course #133028 - The congestion and delays that exist on our streets and roadways can be managed better with a thorough understanding of effective traffic signal timing and optimization. Well-developed, designed, implemented, maintained and operated traffic signal control projects are essential to this process. Engineering tools are available to design, optimize, analyze, and simulate traffic flow. This course addresses the application of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) to intersection displays, as well as signal timing, computerized traffic signal systems, control strategies, integrated systems, traffic control simulation and optimization software. The course is divided into two primary parts: Traffic Signal Timing and Design, and Traffic Signal Systems.
- Mobile Hands on Signal Timing Training (MOST) - A new approach to learning the fundamentals of traffic signal timing. MOST uses a traffic signal controller in a simulated environment to allow participants to observe how the signal timing parameters affect the quality of traffic operations at a signalized intersection. Unlike traditional courses that emphasize an instructor-focus (with lectures presented to students), the MOST course emphasizes a student focus in which you will learn by doing experiments, analyzing data that you collect, and drawing conclusions about what makes good signal timing practice. You may download the MOST course material, simulation software, and experiments by visiting http://www.webs1.uidaho.edu/most/. The project was developed by the University of Idaho's National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology (NIATT). For further information, or to arrange for the course to be delivered in your region please contact Eddie.Curtis@dot.gov.
- Traffic Signal Timing Blended Course (CITE - Consortium for ITS Training and Education) - The course provides students with an understanding of both the theory and practice of traffic signal timing and its impact on traffic operations. It gives students an overview of the terms associated with signal timing; discusses the concepts of cycle length, split, offset, midblock friction, phase sequences, the signal timing process, and signal timing optimization; and looks at the types of actuated controllers, passage time, extension, and the coordination of actuated and pretimed controllers. It also discusses the development of timing plans, explores types of signal control (first generation control and advanced techniques, including Rhodes, RT-TRACS, SCAT, and SCOOT) and investigates the relationship of signal timing to ITS: regional and system/design.
- National Traffic Operations Coalition (NTOC) Webcast – NTOC's mission is to improve management and operation of the nation's existing transportation system so that its performance will exceed customer expectations. NTOC is a national resource to practitioners, coalition members and the general public on continuously improving performance-based service delivery of transportation system management and operations and its supporting technologies. NTOC has identified many topics and speakers outside the traditional public transportation development process, and this includes the perspectives of state, local and regional practitioners, the research and educational community, and representatives from many professional associations.
NOTE: The traffic signal timing training listed here is not intended to be exhaustive. Training is available from various universities, transportation associations and traffic signal controller vendors.