Development of a Traffic Signal Performance Measurement System (TSPMS)

The purpose of this research was to examine the type of performance measures that could be collected at an intersection and develop a system for automatically collecting these performance measures in the field. The authors began the research by conducting an assessment of the needs of the Texas Department of Transportation practitioners for an automated system to collect intersection and traffic signal performance measures. They then examined capabilities of some of the existing traffic signal controllers and detection systems to produce the desired performance measures. Based on the findings of the needs assessments and an evaluation of the limitation of the existing detection system, they developed a series of innovative performance measures that practitioners could use to assess traffic operations and the effectiveness of the signal timing at intersections. They then developed a prototype system for automatically collecting these data in the field. They installed the prototype system in two different locations that exhibited different operating characteristics and assessed the ability of the system to collect meaningful and appropriate performance measures.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Project Title: Measuring Performance of Traffic Signal Systems Using Existing Detector Technology.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135

    Texas Department of Transportation

    Research and Technology Implementation Office, P.O. Box 5080
    Austin, TX  United States  78763-5080

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Balke, Kevin N
    • Charara, Hassan
    • Parker, Ricky
  • Publication Date: 2005-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 83p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01003357
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/TX-05/0-4422-2, Technical Report 0-4422-2
  • Contract Numbers: Project 0-4422
  • Created Date: Aug 26 2005 2:00PM