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Research leading to the continuous improvement of traffic analysis techniques depends on the ongoing collection of data relating to driver behavior. INTRODUCTION TO TRAFFIC ENGINEERING: A MANUAL FOR DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS is meant to aid both the student of traffic engineering and the transportation professional in sound data collection and analysis methods. It presents step-by-step techniques for several traffic engineering topics. Each topic is introduced in a consistent manner, and data collection and analysis forms are provided for each study. Studies are organized to facilitate inclusion in a formal transportation engineering report.
- New content on the role of iPhones and other smart-phone applications such as traffic counting applications and video applications has been added.
- New "Headway Study" chapter addresses the new basis for determining the quality of traffic flow at an intersection.
- Now includes a review of the latest standards from the Transportation Research Board's Highway Capacity Manual 2010 and the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
- New "Freeway Density" chapter dealing with the collection of data needed to compute traffic density on roadways having few intersections teaches students the methods used in determining the capacity and level of service on an uninterrupted flow facility.
- Includes updated references to standard traffic manuals such as the Institute of Transportation Trip Generation Rate Manual.
- New Instructor and Student Support websites include Excel templates of the data collection forms as well as all data summary and analysis forms. Recordings of intersections, as well as a database of traffic cameras available for viewing online are also available for use in instruction.
- Real-world scenarios show where and how the studies can be implemented and how they contribute to the overall analysis of the situation.
- Each study has been class-tested in a full-semester, transportation-engineering course. These studies have been used and refined in courses for over 10 years.
- Standard equations show linkages between field data collection and estimation of field conditions. Such linkages allow students to see how the estimation equations were developed and how they compare to an observed set of data.
- Each procedure can be accomplished by undergraduate engineering students within a reasonable amount of time and with proper understanding of the material.
- Data-collection and data-analysis forms are provided for each study in both electronic and hard copy format.
- Perforated pages in the book make data collection forms easy to use.
- Presents traffic engineering topics such as spot speeds, turning movements, queue length and intersection capacity and teaches the evaluative procedures needed when compiling a traffic impact study.
- Transportation planning oriented topics such as traffic compliance, vehicle occupancy, trip generation and origin-destination studies are also covered.
- Consistent format throughout follows a lesson plan type template allowing easy modification by the instructor.
2. Spot Speed Study - Determining Roadway Speeds.
3. Turning Movement Counts - Assessing the Signalized Intersection I.
4. Vehicle Delay Study - Assessing the Signalized Intersection II.
5. Parking Study - On- and Off-Street Analysis.
6. Saturation Flow Rate - Assessing the Signalized Intersection III.
7. Poisson Distribution - Assessing the Signalized Intersection IV.
8. Queue Length - Assessing the Signalized Intersection V.
9. Headway Study - Capacity and the Unsignalized Intersection.
10. Traffic Control Compliance Study - Obeying the Law.
11. Freeway Density - Uninterrupted Flow.
12. Vehicle Occupancy Study - Measuring Persons per Vehicle.
13. Origin-Destination Study - Where and When Do They Travel?
14. Trip Generation Study - Land Use and Trip Production.
"A very good companion manual for conducting traffic studies. Very easy to follow and understand by students on their own."
"The book is very straightforward and clear. The chapters are essentially instructions for the students to perform specific tasks. The lab exercises are very clearly laid out."
"This makes a great supplement and/or lab manual."
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Instructor's Solutions Manual
Solutions to the problems in TRAFFIC AND HIGHWAY ENGINEERING, 5th.