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Introduction to Traffic Engineering: A Manual for Data Collection and Analysis / Edition 1

Introduction to Traffic Engineering: A Manual for Data Collection and Analysis / Edition 1

by Thomas R Currin


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Thomas R. Currin's new manual, Introduction to Traffic Engineering: A Manual for Data Collection and Analysis, is equally useful in transportation engineering courses as well as in the office of the professional traffic engineer. This book presents step-by-step data collection and analysis techniques for 13 topics encountered in the daily practice of traffic engineering, from "Determining Roadway Speeds" to "Traffic Control Compliance." Each topic is introduced in a consistent manner, with data collection and analysis forms provided for each study. Linkages between field data collection and estimation of field conditions using standard equations are also included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780534378677
Publisher: CL-Engineering
Publication date: 01/19/2001
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.36(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

1.Introduction: How to Use This Manual1
2.Spot Speed Study: Determining Roadway Speeds4
3.Turning Movement Counts: Assessing the Signalized Intersection I13
4.Vehicle Delay Study: Assessing the Signalized Intersection II23
5.Parking Study: On- and Off-Street Analysis31
6.Saturation Flow Rate: Assessing the Signalized Intersection III42
7.Poisson Distribution: Assessing the Signalized Intersection IV54
8.Queue Length: Assessing the Signalized Intersection V67
9.Gap Study: Capacity and the Unsignalized Intersection87
10.Traffic Compliance Study: Obeying the Law87
11.The Platoon Ratio: Identifying Progressive Movement98
12.Vehicle Occupancy Study: Measuring Persons per Vehicle105
13.Origin-Destination Study: Where and When Do They Travel?114
14.Trip Generation Study: Land Use and Trip Production123

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