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AH2171 Traffic Engineering and Management 7.5 credits

Driver behaviour and interactions between vehicle, road and traffic environment determine both traffic performance and safety. Planning, design, regulation and operation of road traffic facilities are based on this interrelationship as well as on traffic policy objectives. The purpose of a traffic management system is to provide safe and efficient use of existing transport infrastructure. Furthermore traffic legislation and road traffic regulations create fundamental requirements on which the design of sustainable road traffic facilities must be based. Traffic management also includes measures to share the road space between different traffic modes to ensure accessibility, safety, better environment and sustainable development

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Understand the fundamental traffic flow theories and identify basic traffic variables and their relationships including speed, density and flow.
  • Analyze a variety of traffic facilities and evaluate capacity and level of service (LOS).
  • Design signalized intersections including isolated, coordinated and roundabouts.
  • Assess, evaluate and justify methods of traffic management and control.
  • Understand the use of advanced simulation methods for the analysis of traffic systems and software tools for the design of traffic control strategies.
  • Evaluate traffic impacts on the environment and safety.
  • Calculate and apply methods for reducing traffic impacts on communities such as traffic calming strategies, accident reductions and parking management.
  • Understand the role of ITS in Dynamic Traffic Management.

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Intended learning outcomes

The overall aim of the course is to provide fundamental knowledge of traffic flow theory and its application methods for capacity analysis, design, management, operation and selection of control method for road traffic facilities with regard to traffic performance and safety. After the course you should be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental traffic flow theories and identify basic traffic variables and their relationships including speed, density and flow.
  • Analyze a variety of traffic facilities and evaluate capacity and level of service (LOS).
  • Design signalized intersections including isolated, coordinated and roundabouts.
  • Assess, evaluate and justify methods of traffic management and control.
  • Understand the use of advanced simulation methods for the analysis of traffic systems and software tools for the design of traffic control strategies.
  • Evaluate traffic impacts on the environment and safety.
  • Calculate and apply methods for reducing traffic impacts on communities such as traffic calming strategies, accident reductions and parking management.
  • Understand the role of ITS in Dynamic Traffic Management.

Course disposition

The course consists of lectures and tutorials with student participation

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 2h/ session

Project works: 2 sessions / week, 3h/ session

 

Assignments: Include two project works:

Project I:

Evaluation of Signalized Intersection. Group work, you should deliver a written report. The work is equivalent to 1.0 Credits.

Project II:

Traffic Signal Design. Group work. You should deliver a report and an oral presentation. The work is equivalent to 2.5 Credits.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in civil engineering, geography, technical physics, computer science, statistics, economics, or mathematics. At least 3 credits in each programming, linear algebra, univariate analysis, probability theory and statistics, andEng B/6 according to the Swedish upper secondary school system

Recommended prerequisites

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Equipment

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Literature

  • May, A. Traffic Flow Fundamentals (1990), selected sections.
  • R.Roess, E.Prassas, W.Mc Shane (2004), Traffic Engineering 3rd Edition. Prentice Hall
  • O’Flaherty (ed.) (1997) Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering, part III, chapters 16-18, 20 and 22 – Part IV, chapters 24-28, Arnold, London, together with a selection of research articles.
  • Al-Mudhaffar, 2006 Impacts of traffic signals control strategies, part 1.
  • Manual for TRANSYT.
  • HCM 2010 (selected chapters)
  • Freeway Management and Operations Handbook http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freewaymagmt/publications/…

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination

  • PROA - Project, 3.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TENA - Examination, 4.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

  • TENA - Examination, 4,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PROA - Project, 3,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Other requirements for final grade

A mandatory written examination equivalent to 4 cr with grading scale A-F and a mandatory project assignment equivalent to 3.5 cr with A-F .

The course grade will be determined by the grade on the written examination and project.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AH2171

Offered by

ABE/Transport Planning

Main field of study

Built Environment

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

All courses in the Master’s Programme in Transport and Geoinformation Technology.

Contact

Albania Nissan, bibbi@kth.se