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

Date: 8/2/2021 9:00 AM - 8/5/2021 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: 8/2, 8/3, 8/4, and 8/5 from 9:00am - Noon.

ALSO: Tuesday 8/3, 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 Monday)

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 8/2/2021
Private Sector


Register by 8/2/2021
Public Sector


Register by 8/2/2021
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
Eric Pare Corporation
Danah Jacobs
Jacob Alfred Benesch & Co.
William Jacobs Engineering Group
William Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc
Christina Howard Stein Hudson
Kate VHB
Molly VHB
Kyle Pare Corporation
Arlene VAG Transportation Engineering Consultants, PSC
Sasha Tetra Tech, Inc.
Tom Town of Dennis
Steve Town of Brookline
James Town of Plymouth
Kevin Town of Brookline
Guoqiang Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC)
Glen Town of Andover Police Department
Chris Town of Dennis
  • 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.
  • Paul Olson
    Independent Consultant at Federal Highway Administration (USDOT FHWA)
    Paul R. Olson., P.E. (an independent consultant) has experience as an educator, subject matter expert and practicing engineer. As an educator, Mr. Olson has developed and taught courses and public and private sector training events. He was one of the key reviewers for the materials in the Traffic Signal Timing Manual both editions.. He was one of the key FHWA subject matter experts in the development of NHI/FHWA Course 133122, Traffic Signal Timing Concepts.  He has also instructed the course many times.  As a practicing engineer, his expertise includes traffic signal and signal system design and operations, non-traditional design options, traffic signal controller and master controller, and central system operations.  He is also an expert in telecommunications and teaches the University of Maryland CITE courses on this topic.  This includes experience in both the public and private sector.
  • Eric Tripi
    Transportation Engineer at GHD
    Eric Tripi works for GHD and has a diverse background in transportation engineering, planning, design, safety, ITS and traffic operations. He has 27 years of professional engineering experience which includes traffic signal operation studies (design, timing, warrants, and optimization), intersection and interchange analysis/design, freeway analyses, traffic impact studies, traffic safety, and traffic estimation. He has extensive experience in managing and conducting major signal optimization projects, corridor studies, safety studies, and training. Eric is a certified National Highway Institute (NHI) instructor and has served as an adjunct professor at The Citadel in Charleston, SC.