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Introduction to Traffic Engineering: A Manual for Data Collection and Analysis 2nd Edition

Thomas R. Currin

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2001
  • 144 Pages


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.

Thomas R. Currin, Southern Polytechnic University

After completion of his undergraduate civil engineering degree at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in 1972, Thomas R. Currin honorably served in the United States Army. This was followed by enrollment in graduate school and completion of a Master of Civil Engineering program at North Carolina State University-Raleigh. He then obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in civil engineering specializing in traffic engineering from the University of Connecticut and obtained professional engineering licenses in a number of states including Massachusetts and Georgia. Tom knew he wanted to teach engineering as early as his sophomore year in college. He was so convinced of this that in addition to taking the required engineering courses he successfully completed many courses in secondary education and studied various teaching methodologies and philosophies. Knowing that it would be difficult to teach what one had not done, he embarked on an extremely successful consulting engineering career, which included the analysis and design of numerous transportation projects throughout New England and the east coast. Having achieved his goals in the private sector Tom moved on to academe and preparing the next generation of engineers. While teaching he has served as an evaluator and commissioner of ABET, the primary accreditation agency for engineering in the United States. The author of numerous engineering education publications and presentations since beginning his teaching career 23 years ago, his current focus as Dean of Engineering at Southern Polytechnic State University in Georgia is growing new engineering programs.
  • 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.
1. Introduction - How to Use This Manual.
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.

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  • ISBN-10: 113376519X
  • ISBN-13: 9781133765196
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  • ISBN-13: 9781111578619
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"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

ISBN: 9781133937142
Solutions to the problems in TRAFFIC AND HIGHWAY ENGINEERING, 5th.