Traffic Signal System Management
Traffic signal management involves the planning, design, integration, maintenance, and proactive operation of a traffic signal system in order to achieve policy based objectives to improve the efficiency, safety and reliability of signalized intersections. Scores on the Management section of the National Traffic Signal Report Card have ranged from F to D from 2005 to 2012.
Agencies that develop and document their operations philosophy, operations objectives and performance measures in a Traffic Signal Management Program Plan (TSMPP) have consistently demonstrated the capacity to implement and operate systems, sustain resources and a maintain a proficient workforce. The FHWA document titled Improving Traffic Signal Management and Operations: A Basic Service Model describes and provides an outline for a TSMPP. Agency TSMPPs should minimally identify objectives and performance measures linked to those objectives that can be clearly communicated to agency professionals, policy makers and the public.
The key publications identified below provide guidance on the development of TSMPPs aimed at delivering high quality basic service. The resources identified on the left including the FHWA Resource Center Operations TST, Planning for Operations and NTOC Traffic Signal Library and User Forum and Training and Workshops offer opportunities to gain additional information and technical assistance on this topic.
The FHWA Resource Center Operations Team is pleased to offer its services to assist agencies with the development of traffic signal management plans. This is typically accomplished through a review of current practices and collaborative development of strategies to achieve excellence in traffic signal management.
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