Illustrative Field Configuration and Evaluation of Traffic-Responsive Control

Traffic-responsive plan selection (TRPS) control is one of the largely underutilized control features in National Electrical Manufacturers Association traffic controllers. This control feature allows the controller to change timing plans in arterials or networks in response to changes in traffic patterns automatically, and can therefore result in better performance of the signal system. However, there is limited number of studies that document the procedure of TRPS configuration. The authors have previously published general guidelines on TRPS system setup and configuration, laying out a comprehensive approach that assumes general traffic patterns, a standardized arterial network, and some generic system detector locations. This paper fills a significant gap in literature by providing an illustrative procedure of actual field implementation of a TRPS system in Mexia, Texas. The paper demonstrates the configuration methodology on an arterial network that does not conform to the standardized guidelines. This implementation resulted in up to 75% reduction in delay and up to 33% increase in the lower arterial speed. In this paper, the authors provide some findings and insights into the TRPS configuration process, highlighting some solutions for potential field problems that the engineer might face when configuring a TRPS control system.


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  • Accession Number: 01140465
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 19 2009 10:23PM