April 20, 2017

The principal objective of this course is to provide road stakeholders with a detailed understanding of those electronic tolling solutions that are available at the current time, and those that have potential for the near future. Those solutions are placed in the context of their real-world deployment across different types of schemes, as well as the applicable charging and enforcement solutions available to network managers.

Big Data in transportation has taken off in recent years, and become a topic of prime importance for transportation researchers, practitioners, and government officials. This course will discuss the underlying concepts behind big data and how to effectively capture and utilize enormous volumes of information of diverse structures that cannot be analyzed using conventional relational databases and data mining techniques.

This course addresses the following questions: How can recurring and non-recurring congestion be identified and managed in real-time across a vast roadway network? Where are bottlenecks that people and goods are stuck in and what is the cost of their delay? The course will also present how GPS probe data is produced and archived on a minute by minute basis to manage congestion on highways.

This course reviews the concepts of cycle length, split, force off, offset, phasing, as well as the signal timing process. In the context of regional and system/design considerations, the course will highlight the effects of actuated control including passage time, extension and pedestrian timing. The course will also cover the development of timing plans, explores types of signal control (including adaptive and priority-based), and investigates the relationship of signal timing to ITS.

This course is tailored for road authorities and consultants looking for innovative ways to enhance mobility options, increase safety, and reduce congestion along transportation corridors. It teaches attendees the basic elements of (a) active traffic management (ATM), including speed harmonization, queue warnings, management of lane use, advanced weather warnings, and dynamic ramp metering, and (b) managed lanes (ML), including the use of reversible traffic lanes, carpool restrictions, high-speed express bus operations and dynamic road pricing as tools to both improve travel and provide additional mobility options. The course also discusses related tools that enhance these services, including park-and-ride facilities and enhanced multi-modal traveler information.

Using specialized software as appropriate, participants will learn how to conduct a traffic impact analysis of a proposed development on the adjacent roadways and intersection and which measures to recommend. Delegates will also be exposed to hazardous location analysis and the proper roadway modification to overcome identified safety issues.

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