FHWA NHI-133121V Traffic Signal Design and Operation - Virtual Classroom

Date: 3/7/2023 9:00 AM - 3/10/2023 12:00 PM

Location: Virtual





There is a need to understand that the congestion and delays that exist on our streets and roadways can be better managed with a thorough understanding of effective traffic signal timing and optimization. Well-developed, designed, implemented, maintained, and operated traffic signal control projects are essential to this process. Engineering tools are available to design, optimize, analyze, and simulate traffic flow. This course addresses the application of the "Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices" (MUTCD) to intersection displays, as well as signal timing, computerized traffic signal systems, control strategies, integrated systems, traffic control simulation, and optimization software. The course is divided into two primary parts: Traffic Signal Timing and Design, and Traffic Signal Systems.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
List the steps required to plan, design, and implement a signalized intersection
Devise an appropriate data collection plan for planning, designing, and operating a signalized intersection
Perform a warrant analysis using the MUTCD warrants, including local policies
Design basic phasing of the intersection - which movements will get a separate phase, and how they are numbered
Calculate signal timing at the design stage for both actuated and coordinated operational strategies, including pedestrian clearance intervals
Determine location of signal displays
Select signal-related signs and pavement markings, including turning-movement signs and advance warning signs

Traffic engineering personnel from State, Federal, and local agencies involved in planning, design, operation or maintenance of traffic signals or traffic signal systems. The course will not assume any prior knowledge of computers and thus will describe the theory of operation and the manner in which it can be applied to traffic signal controls.

Class Dates are: 3/7, 3/8, 3/9, and 3/10 from 9:00am - Noon.

ALSO: Wednesday 3/8, 1 hour of class time is expected in the afternoon for small group activities with the instructors. (groups and times will be determined in class on Tuesday)

Adobe Connect will be the virtual platform used.  Link and details on this platform will be sent closer to the course date.

Accommodations for Disabilities: UMTC endeavors to provide an inclusive learning environment for all. If you require special services or arrangements to fully participate in this workshop, please contact Stephanie Cottrell at scottrell@umass.edu or 413-800-2655 as soon as possible to discuss reasonable accommodations for your access needs.

Register by 3/7/2023
Private Sector


Register by 3/7/2023
Public Sector


Register by 3/7/2023
Non Massachusetts Attendee Fee


If you are having trouble registering, please email admin@umasstransportationcenter.org or call (413) 545-2604 for assistance.

First Name Affiliation
Carly HDR Engineering Inc.
Edward Howard Stein Hudson, Boston (HSH)
Teren Howard Stein Hudson, Boston (HSH)
Jared Town of Oxford
  • Rick Denney
    Traffic Engineer at Federal Highway Administration (USDOT FHWA)
    Rick Denney started his career designing and operating traffic signal systems at TxDOT. He then managed the traffic signal program at the City of Austin, and was the Traffic Management Engineer for a number of years at the City of San Antonio. As a consultant, Rick designed signal systems and ITS, developed standards for traffic signal communications, led systems engineering and architecture developments for a range of clients, and served extensively as a federal contractor for research and training, including the initial development of this course. He joined FHWA’s Resource Center in 2010. He is a long-standing member of the TRB Traffic Signal Systems Committee, a member of IEEE, and Fellow of ITE. Rick holds engineering degrees from Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin, where he specialized in traffic operations and traffic flow theory.
  • Robert Saylor
    at Texas A&M Transportation Institute