Performance-Based Management of Traffic Signals

The objective of the research is to develop guidance for agencies across the spectrum of resource levels to implement a performance measurement approach to traffic signal management. The guidance should describe how traffic signal performance metrics could be beneficially incorporated into agency processes and, to the extent practical, the benefits and cost savings that result, such as: (1) Organizational. Reporting on system performance and agency accountability to executives, governing bodies, and the public. (2) Planning. Identifying and prioritizing locations for geometric and signal improvements (including those for pedestrians, bicycles, transit, and freight); providing complete intersection approach volumes and turning movement counts throughout the year; using safety surrogates (e.g., reducing red light running, reducing arrivals on red) to estimate safety benefits; and using performance data to estimate benefits to traveler delay, travel time, and travel time reliability. (3) Design and Construction. Determining the impacts on travelers of various maintenance-of-traffic alternatives. (4) Operations. Reducing complaint calls due to the public perceiving improved operations, providing readily accessible information to address the remaining complaint calls, reducing the need to model signal operations, validating microscopic simulation models for analyzing alternatives, and managing agency tort liability due to better data on signal operation. (5) Maintenance. Identifying failed hardware and estimating resources needed for repair and reducing call outs.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $600000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 03-122

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Derr, B

  • Performing Organizations:

    Kittelson and Associates, Incorporated

    610 S.W. Alder Street
    Portland, OR  United States  97205
  • Principal Investigators:

    Nevers, Brandon

  • Start Date: 20160414
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180713
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39943

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01568392
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 03-122
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 27 2015 1:00AM