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Traffic Control Systems Handbook: Technical Report Documentation Page

1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Traffic Control Systems Handbook

5. Report Date

October 2005

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Robert L. Gordon, P.E., Warren Tighe, P.E.

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Dunn Engineering Associates, P.C.
66 Main Street
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Office of Transportation Management
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered


14. Sponsoring Agency Code

15. Supplementary Notes

FHWA Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR): David Gibson, Office of Operations R&D (HRDO-4)

16. Abstract

The Traffic Control Systems Handbook updates the 1996 edition (FHWA-SA-96-032). It serves as a basic reference in planning, designing and implementing traffic control systems.

Specific chapters include introduction, summary of available and emerging traffic control system technology, control concepts for urban and suburban streets (traffic control parameters, descriptions of traffic control concepts and their application), a brief summary of control and management concepts for freeways, traffic detectors, local controller operation, traffic control system architectures, a brief summary of traffic control system communications, traveler information systems, the processes required for selection of a system, design and implementation, and systems management. The Handbook concludes with a discussion of ITS plans and programs.

The Traffic Control Systems Handbook references other FHWA handbooks for more detailed information on freeway management, communications, and traffic detectors.

17. Key Words

Traffic control systems, traffic signal controllers, intelligent transportation systems, traveler information systems

18. Distribution Statement
No restrictions.

19. Security Classification (of this report)


20. Security Classification (of this page)


21. No of Pages


22. Price

Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72)

Reproduction of completed page authorized

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