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1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Regional Traffic Signal Operations Programs: An Overview

5. Report Date

October 2009

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Principal Investigator: Peter Koonce
Co-Authors: Kevin Lee and Tom Urbanik

8. Performing Organization Report No.

Project 7372.02

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Kittelson & Associates, Inc.
610 SW Alder Street, Suite 700
Portland, OR 97205
Subconsultants: Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.

Contract No. DTFH61-06-D-00005,
Task Order No. 4400149309

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Federal Highway Administration
Office of Operations
1200 New Jersey Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Final Report
March 2006 to October 2009

14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes

Eddie Curtis ( was the Technical Representative for the Federal Highway Administration.
Additionally, Paul Olson of FHWA participated as support, providing comments throughout the project.

16. Abstract

This report provides an overview of practices related to developing and sustaining a Regional Traffic Signal Operations Program. The purpose for a Regional Traffic Signal Operations Program is to provide regional partners a formal framework to collectively manage the signal system performance for efficiency and consistency. A key benefit of a regional program is the development of projects that are of a magnitude that they can be included in a regional or state transportation improvement program (TIP). There are many benefits to the development of a regional traffic signal management and operations program. Agencies and users benefit from regional traffic signal operations programs as planners, engineers, and operators can provide an effective and efficient traffic signal system to the public and also provide higher levels of customer service without increasing costs. Additionally, by sustaining collaboration, regional operators can demonstrate to the public and elected officials that progress is being made on community goals, which then can be leveraged for future funding. Agencies and jurisdictions within a region that use a common framework for developing and establishing expectations, managing resources, and building relationships will result in more successful systems both individually and region-wide.

17. Key Words

Regional traffic signal management and operations, regional programs, signal timing, Regional operations, transportation system management and operations, planning for operations, operations strategies, regional concept for transportation operations, Policy Based Signal Control, Maintenance and Operation of Traffic Signals

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions. This document is available to the public.

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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