Adaptive signal control can lower operations and maintenance costs.
Made Public Date
01/19/2007

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Minneapolis
Minnesota
United States
Identifier
2007-00429
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What Have We Learned About ITS?

Summary Information

The U.S. Department of Transportation study "What Have We Learned About ITS?" is a synthesis of the national experience with implementing ITS through the year 2000, with a goal of more effectively planning the future of the National ITS Program. This synthesis examines which ITS technologies and applications have been successful, which have not, and those for which more information is needed to make a judgment. The seven areas included within the scope of this study are as follows:

  • Freeway, Incident, and Emergency Management, and Electronic Toll Collection (ETC)
  • Arterial Management
  • Traveler Information Systems
  • Advanced Public Transportation Systems
  • Commercial Vehicle Operations (CVO)
  • Cross-Cutting Technical Issues
  • Cross-Cutting Institutional Issues
Adaptive signal control systems use algorithms that perform real-time optimization of traffic signals based on current traffic conditions, demand, and system capacity. Adaptive control software adjusts traffic signal splits, offsets, phase lengths, and phase sequences to minimize delay and reduce the number of stops. The extent of benefits depends on several factors including the number and spacing of intersections, the size of study area, demand patterns, levels of nonrecurring congestion, and the type of adaptive control.

Adaptive signal control may also lower operations and maintenance costs associated with traffic signal retiming. Minnesota DOT signal technicians found that an adaptive signal control system was easy to operate and required minimal maintenance.

What Have We Learned About ITS?

What Have We Learned About ITS?
Publication Sort Date
12/01/2000
Author
Joseph Sussman, et al. (MIT)
Publisher
Federal Highway Administration, U.S. DOT
Other Reference Number
Report No. FHWA-OP-01-006

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