ENGRCEE 122 Transportation Systems II: Operations & Control (2016-2017)

ENGRCEE 122 Transportation Systems II: Operations & Control

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for CE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 122 Transportation Systems II: Operations & Control (Credit Units: 4) Introduction to fundamentals of urban traffic engineering, including data collection, analysis, and design. Traffic engineering studies, traffic flow theory, traffic control devices, traffic signals, capacity and level of service analysis of freeways and urban streets. Laboratory sessions. Prerequisite: CEE11, CEE121. Civil Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 2)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0136135739.

Recommended Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0470290750.


Course web site

Wenlong Jin
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Design urban intersections.

2. Perform capacity analysis of urban intersections.

3. Design signal control policies for individual intersections.

4. Design signal control policies for systems of intersections.

5. Design control policies for systems of freeways and surface streets.

Prerequisites by Topic

Basic transportation analysis, network characteristics, vehicle movement equations and highway elements; basic concepts of traffic flow, traffic engineering, traffic measurement, and intersection signalization.

Lecture Topics:
  • Module 1: Traffic Stream Characteristics (1 week)
  • Module 2: Traffic Flow Theory (1 week)
  • Module 3: Microscopic, Platoon Dispersion Models (1 week)
  • Module 4: Introduction of Intersection Signalization (2 weeks)
  • Module 5: Signal Timings, Phases and Design (2 weeks)
  • Module 6: Signalized Intersection Analysis - LOS (1 week)
  • Module 7: Actuated/Coordinated Signal control (2 weeks)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Extensive use of such existing traffic simulation and analysis software as Synchro, SimTraffic, and the Highway Capacity Software (HCS).

Laboratory Projects:

Traffic control design for selected urban networks using computer simulation and signal and freeway performance analysis. Lab reports. * Lab 1 - Intersection Design: Students design an intersection layout, lane geometry, and channelization under specific traffic volume considerations. * Lab 2 - Capacity and Level-of-Service (LOS) Isolated Intersection: Students use traffic analysis and simulation software to estimate LOS under various traffic volume considerations. * Lab 3 - Design of Actuated Intersection Signals: Students are given vehicle arrival patterns at an isolated intersection and asked to design a control strategy that minimizes total delay at the intersection. * Lab 4 - Intersection Design for Actuated Control: Students design an intersection layout, lane geometry, channelization, and detector placement for a particular actuated signal timing plan. * Lab 5 - Design of Coordinated Network Signal Control Scheme: Students are given vehicle arrival patterns at intersections along a corridor, and asked to design a control strategy to maximize the through green band.

Professional Component

Contributes to the design experience and Engineering Topics courses of Civil Engineering major.

Design Content Description

The approach taken in this course is to follow virtually every engineering principle, either discussed or derived in class, with concrete examples of how that principle is applied in the design of freeway control systems for traffic management. Each lecture includes or leads to an example of the design of a control element for traffic management. The principal focus of every laboratory exercise is the design of a particular traffic control system.

Lectures: 25%
Laboratory Portion: 75%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 10%
  • Lab Projects: 35%
  • Midterm Exam: 25%
  • Final Exam: 30%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 2.0 credit units

July 12, 2016
Senate Approved:
April 5, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr