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Active Traffic Management Feasibility and Screening Guide

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United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration

U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
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Publication #: FHWA-HOP-14-019

May 2015


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3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Active Traffic Management (ATM) Feasibility and Screening Guide

5. Report Date

May 2015

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Louis Neudorff, Keith McCabe

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

901 New York Ave NW, Suite 4000 East
Washington, DC 20001
Under contract to Kittelson and Associates, Inc.

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

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12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

United States Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Final Report

14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes

The Task Manager for FHWA is James Colyar.

16. Abstract

Active Traffic Management (ATM) concepts, strategies, and supporting technologies have been receiving significant attention given the potential operational benefits that have and can potentially accrue from deploying these strategies. Implementing these ATM concepts and strategies can also involve significant capital costs, followed by ongoing operations and maintenance requirements. As such, some or all ATM strategies may not be cost effective for certain segments and links of the surface transportation network.

The Active Traffic Management Feasibility and Screening Guide was developed to assist transportation agencies and planning organizations in making informed investment decisions regarding ATM by determining the feasibility of ATM strategies before committing significant resources towards any subsequent project development and design activities. The Guide was based on an extensive review of literature and This Guide, coupled with interviews with several practitioners who have been directly involved in the feasibility analyses, design, deployment, and/or operation of ATM strategies. It presents a recommended process for agencies to follow as they consider ATM deployment at the feasibility and screening analyses level. Following the guidance will help practitioners to identify specific roadway segments most suited for ATM and the appropriate strategies, and the expected costs and range of benefits.

17. Key Words

active traffic management, adaptive ramp metering, adaptive signal control, dynamic junction control, dynamic lane assignment, dynamic lane reversal, dynamic merge control, dynamic shoulder lane, dynamic speed limit, queue warning, transit signal priority


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Table of Contents

Acronyms and Abbreviations

SI Conversion Factors

List of Figures

List of Tables

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