Traffic Control Systems Handbook
In 1996, DEA prepared a new version of the
Traffic Control Systems Handbook. DEA updated all information in
the previous handbook and added new material on ITS. The
handbook version make copious use of figures and tables to
present information in easily digestible format. DEA now leads an effort
to again update the handbook for FHWA. A
comprehensive update was performed,
provided to the FHWA, and is currently under review.
Incident Management Handbook and Videotape
This project assembled and
presented in one complete package a synthesis of the most
successful operating strategies available for managing
incidents on freeways. The package consisted of a handbook
depicting the current state-of-the-practice of
freeway incident management, as well as a companion
videotape which promoted the adoption and implementation of
freeway incident management.
DEA produced the handbook in an
attractive easy to read format using desk top publishing.
The handbook made copious use of tables and figures that
efficiently presented information without the use of lengthy
text. A consistent format in each chapter further enhanced
the user friendliness of the handbook.
The handbook treated each of the
major facets of incident management: detection,
verification, response, removal, motorist information,
and traffic management. The use of photographs, case
studies, and easy to follow steps, assisted agencies in
setting up a successful incident management program.
The video was a motivational
program designed to stimulate officials to strongly support
the incident management concept. The Institute of
Transportation Engineers (ITE) distributed the video.
for Traffic Control Systems
DEA completed a communications
handbook that includes a detailed review of current
state-of-the-practice information on various
communications media and configuration options,
decision-making processes and trade-off analyses. This
handbook was written to enable transportation engineers to
plan, select, design, implement, operate, and maintain
communication systems for traffic control.
It was designed to aid
transportation officials overseeing traffic control systems,
communications engineers, and traffic control system
The handbook provides
information on system architectures; it serves as a guide
for agencies wishing to initiate a traffic control system
that incorporates functional, effective, reliable and
economical communications or to update and modernize an
existing communications system for traffic control.
is now assisting Siemens-Gardner in updating the Handbook.
Systems for Energy Conservation
DEA prepared a handbook on
freeway management systems covering applicable technologies,
their characteristics and guidelines for deployment.
DEA also prepared a feasiblility
study for freeway traffic management systems (FTMS) in
Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Viable corridors and
freeways were identified as well as applicable FTMS