Traffic Analysis Tools Program
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21st Century Operations Using 21st Century Technologies

Training & Workshops

More information about these courses, including upcoming dates, is available through the National Highway Institute.

Foundation of Dynamic Traffic Assignment (DTA) workshop

Workshop Description

"Foundations of Dynamic Traffic Assignment (DTA)" is a FHWA-sponsored workshop providing participants with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of conducting traffic analyses using DTA techniques, knowledge on the appropriate use of DTA, and an understanding of both strengths and weaknesses inherent in DTA analyses.

DTA techniques, when applied correctly, can provide critical insight and quantitative impacts assessment for a variety of transportation system management strategies of interest in both planning and operational analyses, including:

  • Traveler information provision
  • Incident management
  • Congestion pricing
  • Adaptive signal and ramp control systems
  • Work zone traffic and demand management
  • Interstate access requests
  • Others

The objectives of the workshop include providing participants with:

  • A fundamental understanding of the Dynamic User Equilibrium (DUE) concept
  • Capability to determine whether a proposed DTA analysis is needed
  • Insight on how to design and execute successful DTA analyses
  • Proven methods to predict system delay and travel time reliability impacts
  • Ability to properly align applications of DTA with transportation decision-making

The workshop has a one-day format featuring lecture and interactive pen-and-paper class exercise elements. Hands-on computer exercises are NOT an element of the workshop. The workshop is intended to provide participants with the background to make informed decisions regarding the value and challenges of DTA analyses using a broad range of simulation tools. The workshop does not provide training on the application of a particular tool; nor does the workshop promote the use of any specific tool, FHWA-developed or otherwise.

Target Audience

The target audience for the workshop is transportation and community planners within M/TPOs and local, county and state organizations, transportation engineers, traffic analysts and consultants. No experience with DTA models or concepts is required. However, some prior exposure to or experience with the application of models in support of planning or operational analyses is recommended. A maximum of 40 participants is suggested for the workshop in order to conduct the workshop exercises, with a target optimal size between 16-28 participants. The workshop is not intended for 10 or fewer participants.

NHI – Course 133108 — "Planning and Managing Successful Application of Traffic Analysis Tools"

Course Description

This is a 2-day instructor-led course utilizing lecture and small-group collaborative exercises to train participants on how to use traffic analysis tools for transportation decision making. The course is designed to cover:

  • Appropriate roles for traffic analysis tools.
  • Classes of analytical tools and their capabilities.
  • Managing the application of traffic analysis tools to support transportation decision-making, including planning for analysis, data collection, model validation and using analytical tools to evaluate competing project alternatives.

Course Objectives

  1. Identify the need, scope, and role of traffic operations analysis.
  2. Describe the project management process for traffic analysis.
  3. Develop a fundamentally-sound and relevant analysis plan.
  4. Identify impacts of study alternatives.
  5. Describe the role of sensitivity analyses.
  6. Interpret and communicate study results.

Target Audience

Engineering and Planning staff from a State DOT, Local Agency, Metropolitan Planning Organization, or FHWA involved in using and applying traffic analysis tools, reviewing traffic analysis results, and/or making transportation investment decisions based on the results of traffic analyses (including Engineers and Planners involved in the disciplines of Traffic, Transportation, Design, Construction, Environment, and Project Development.)