ENGRCEE 229A Traffic Systems Operations and Control I (2014-2015)

ENGRCEE 229A Traffic Systems Operations and Control I

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 229A Traffic Systems Operations and Control I (Credit Units: 4) Introduction to operation, control and analysis of arterial and freeway traffic systems. Control concepts, traffic stream principles, detectors, local controllers, system masters, traffic signal and ramp metering timing principles, traffic measurement technologies, traffic delay principles. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:

Class notes and handouts from instructor

Published papers from various Journals

Wilfred W. Recker
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic

Basic knowledge of traffic engineering principles

Lecture Topics:
  • Basics of control theory
  • Simple driver behavior models
  • Traffic flow relationships
  • Speed-density relationships
  • Car following models
  • Fundamental diagram of traffic
  • Shockwave analysis
  • Overview of ramp metering principles
  • Inductance loop detector principles
  • Traffic responsive metering
  • California metering algorithms
  • Dual-ring controller basics
  • Signal timing charts
  • Signal delay with uniform arrivals
  • Random arrivals
  • Signal delay with random arrivals
  • Statistical distribution of traffic
  • Signal coordination basics
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Synchro, Excel and/or Matlab and/or C++ or other language

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component
Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 10%
  • Midterm(s): 20%
  • Final: 30%
  • Projects: 40%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

April 15, 2014
Senate Approved:
February 2, 2012
Approved Effective:
2012 Fall Qtr