KLK261: Mobile (Hands-On) Signal Timing Training (MOST)

Principal Investigators:

Michael Kyte; Michael Dixon; Ahmed Abdel Rahim with

Darcy Bullock of Purdue University; Thomas Urbanik; and James Pline

Project Objectives:

The objective of this project is to develop, implement, and test a portable training course for traffic signal timing, including equipment, training materials, and educated instructors.

Task Descriptions:

Task 1. Establish a technical oversight committee that would provide project oversight and oversee the development of the training materials. The oversight committee will include from eight to ten members and provide both a geographic and organizational balance. The committee will include representatives from the Federal Highway Administration, a state department of transportation, both a large and small city, and a university.

Task 2. Identify and establish a Community of Learners, a group of university faculty and other interested professionals who are interested in reviewing and testing the materials that are developed during this project. It is expected that this community will include between five and ten university faculty from around the U.S. who have active research or educational programs in traffic signal systems and operations.

Task 3. Prepare and maintain the project web site. This web site will serve as the repository for all materials developed during the project as well as all progress reports and related materials. The web site will be maintained and updated throughout the project.

Task 4. Prepare a set of guidance documents that form the basis for the development of the case studies and related course materials. These guidance documents will include (1) a description of the signal timing design process including definition of terms and concepts, a list of key issues that must be considered in the design process, and a list of timing parameters that will be considered, (2) a set of learning objectives that describe the skills and competencies that students will be expected to have upon completion of courses in which the materials are used, (3) a set of guidelines that describe architecture and requirements for all case study materials, and (4) a technical memorandum that addresses the kinds of traffic controllers and traffic analysis software that will be used in the case study materials. Although this effort will use vendor equipment, in order to ensure the fundamental educational concepts are vendor neutral, all design parameters will be specified according to the data objects defined in NTCIP 1202:1996 (formerly TS 3.5-1996). This will have several important benefits. First it will provide participants with a dictionary of terms that have an accepted industry definition. Second, it will provide an opportunity to critically review the NTCIP standard to ensure all necessary data items are provided and those that are provided are not ambiguous. Third, once the modules are complete and used with practitioners, practitioners will gain insight into the benefits the NTCIP standard can provide.

Task 5. Conduct review of guidance documents with technical oversight committee. Comments from the committee will be incorporated into a final version of these documents.

Task 6. Based on the guidance documents developed in Task 4, develop a prototype case study for each of the three target groups, university students, engineering professionals, and engineering technicians.

Task 7. Conduct review of prototype case studies with technical oversight committee. The comments of the committee will be used for the development of the final materials to be undertaken in Task 9.

Task 8. Design and construct prototype portable equipment module. This prototype will be designed so that it is portable and can be easily transported to remote sites where workshops or short courses will be held using the materials developed as part of this project. The prototype will be reviewed by the technical oversight committee; suggestions made during this review will be incorporated into the final equipment module design undertaken in Task 10.

Task 9. Prepare final set of instructional materials and case studies for the three target groups described above (university students, engineering professionals, and engineering technicians). Case studies will include (1) an isolated intersection, (2) a corridor or network of signalized intersections that require signal coordination, (3) a diamond interchange or two closely spaced intersections. The materials will include a student notebook with all input data sets and materials, an instructor notebook with all supporting material, and electronic materials to support both students and instructors.

Task 10. Design and construct final portable equipment modules. The design will be based on the prototype module designed and reviewed during Task 8.

Task 11. Review instructional materials and case studies with technical oversight committee. Based on this review, a final set of instructional materials and case studies will be prepared.

Task 12. Pilot test instructional materials and case studies with each of three target groups. Document the results of this pilot test and identify changes to the course materials generated from this pilot test.

Task 13. Conduct second round of classroom testing of instructional materials and case studies. Document the results of these tests. This second round of testing will include the recruitment and instruction of regional trainers and mentors that will be designated to conduct courses in the geographic regions or local areas that they represent.

Task 14. Conduct twelve workshops in selected areas of the Pacific Northwest and in Indiana. It is expected that these workshops will reach over 100 students. The results of these workshops will be documented and included as part of the final report to be prepared in Task 15.

Task 15. Prepare final report. The final report will include instructional materials and case studies as well as a summary of findings and recommendations based on all earlier project tasks.

Full proposal:

MOST (pdf)

Budget Information:

Funding for this project from the Federal Highway Administration is $705,274.

Project status:




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