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Advanced Traffic Signal Control Algorithms

Project Information

Project ID: 
FHWA-PROJ-10-0009
Project Status: 
Completed
Start Date: 
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
End Date: 
Friday, May 31, 2013
FHWA Program: 
Exploratory Advanced Research
FHWA Activity: 
Intersections
FHWA Topics: 
Road Operations and Congestion--Congestion Mitigation
TRT Terms: 
Traffic Control; Operations; Research; Traffic Congestion; Highways; Traffic Signals; Algorithms
FHWA Discipline: 
Operations, Air Quality
TRB Subject Area: 
Operations and Traffic Management, Data and Information Technology, Environment, Vehicles and Equipment

Contact Information

First Name: 
Carl
Last Name: 
Andersen
Telephone: 
(202) 493-3045
Email Address: 
Team: 
Office of Operations Research and Development
Office:
Office of Research, Development, and Technology

Project Details

Project Description: 

Highway congestion is largely caused by the inefficiency with which the roadway network capacity is managed. Traffic signals are the mechanism for managing arterial network capacity, yet the control of traffic signals has not significantly changed over the past several decades, despite rapid and profound changes in electronics, sensors and communication technologies, and software. The main impediment to improvements in traffic signal systems has been the limited ability of available fixed-point detectors to measure the true state of the traffic network and its response to signal changes.

Goals

The goal of this project is to develop advanced signal control strategies based on connected vehicle data, i.e., real-time information on a vehicle's location, speed, and characteristics, as well as communication to the signal control infrastructure.

Partners and Other Sponsor/Managing/Performing Organizations: 
Organization Role: 
Partner: Advisory

Deliverables

Deliverable Name: 
Project report and innovative traffic control algorithms
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
The deliverable is a detailed study report documenting efforts, findings, and recommendations.