Coordination of Interconnected Arterial Traffic Signals

by Edmond Chin-Ping Chang, Texas A&M Univ, College Station, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil Engineering


Present analytical methods and computer programs offer capabilities of optimizing the traffic signal coordination for a series of signalized intersections. Recently, transportation research has been directed toward the alternative development of short range, low capital improvement for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods. However, the proper procedures and methods for analyzing the effects of coordinating isolated signalized intersections are insufficient. This paper summarizes the research sponsored cooperatively by the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation (SDHPT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U. S. DOT. under HP&R Study Number 2-18-80-293. The paper describes the study approach and background for designing good coordination of traffic signals using simulation analysis. These methods can provide better signal interconnection, efficient utilization of the street system, and smooth traffic operations.

Subject Headings: Traffic analysis | Traffic signals | Computer analysis | Freight transportation | Federal government | Traffic models | Systems engineering | Intersections

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