Traffic Eng & Safety

Travel safety, complete streets, advanced signal tech, and VMT as a metric for environmental analysis in California

Fundamentals of Traffic Engineering

This course has provided California's traffic engineers and transportation planners with core training for more than three decades. It's unique overview of the many basic transportation concepts are meant to provide young professionals with a comprehensive picture of the dynamics affecting their specialty areas.

Contents are regularly updated to reflect current practices and new issues, including the latest Federal and State major standards documents: Highway Design Manual, Highway Capacity Manual, California Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, and the latest update to the rules and regulations governing traffic and transportation in the State.

The course spans the full range of key areas from characteristics of the transportation system, analysis of flow and capacity, traffic operations, traffic control devices, pedestrian/bicycle facilities, to traffic safety and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). The course is taught by a team of expert practicing professional engineers, whose practice focus on California but also represents best practices throughout the country.

Practical applications of the numerous regulatory and guidance documents are brought to the class by the practicing engineers in a friendly and facilitated lectures with plenty of interactive exercises.

Additional course detail is provided in the sections below.

  • Course Topics
    • Principles of Traffic Engineering
    • Traffic Stream Characteristics
    • Speed, Volume, Travel Time, Delay Studies
    • Roadway Design
    • Traffic Control Devices
    • Signing, Markings, Roadside Delineation
    • Traffic & Freeway Operations
    • Congestion Management
    • Capacity Analysis
    • Lighting
    • Pedestrian & Bicycle Facilities
    • Neighborhood Traffic Management
    • Traffic Safety Analysis & Practices
    • Intersection & Speed Control
    • Parking Studies
    • Traffic Impact Studies
    • Introduction to Advanced Traffic Management Systems
  • Course Outline
    Day 1: Capacity Analysis & Traffic Impacts
        Module 1: Training Framework – Need & Purpose
        Module 2: Geometric Design Concepts
        Module 3: Capacity and Level of Service - Concepts
        Module 4: Freeway Capacity
        Module 5: Freeway Operations
        Module 6: Signalized Intersection Capacity
        Module 7: Traffic Impact Studies (TIS) Course Evaluation for the Day
    Day 2: Traffic Operations Part I
    Main Streets Concepts, Bike & Pedestrian, IntersectionControl, On-Street Parking
        Module 1: Main Street and Complete Streets
        Module 2: Bicycle Considerations
        Module 3: Pedestrian Considerations
        Module 4: Intersection Control and Warrants
        Module 5: Traffic Engineering Data Collection & Use
    (travel time studies, speed surveys, traffic counts, turning movement counts, delay analysis,
    queueing, vehicle occupancy, bicycle counts, pedestrians counts, etc.)
        Module 6: Urban Street Parking
    Day 3: Traffic Operations: Part II
    Signing, Striping, Design Concepts, & Traffic Signals
        Module 1: Traffic Control Devices & Principles
        Module 2: Traffic Signs and Markings
        Module 3: Roadside Delineation
        Module 4: Intersection Design / Channelization
        Module 5: Traffic Signals and Traffic Signal Systems
    Day 4: Traffic Safety Analysis & Practice   
        Module 1: Traffic Signal Warrants
        Module 2: Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP)– A Brief Overview
        Module 3: Tort Liability – The Public Agency Perspective
        Module 4: Roadside Safety / Reducing Collision
        Module 5: Improving Safety at Railroad Crossings
  • What you will learn

    Training participants gain a solid, comprehensive understanding of the basic vocabulary, theoretical principles, and working concepts of all major areas of traffic engineering as they are practiced today.

    Students are also introduced to the essential traffic engineering toolkit used to analyze roadway and traffic operations and to develop projects, and will learn about recent developments in the professional practice of Traffic Engineering in California, including capacity analysis methodologies, legal and societal implications of the practice, safety, professionalism, and how the future currents are affecting the fields.

    While the course content is vast and topics will be introduced, the instructor team is focused on providing the nuances and the bottom line on how it all fits together to broaden the perspectives of training participants.

  • Who should attend

    This course benefits engineers, planners, and technicians in private and public sectors who are either in the beginning or the middle of their careers.

    The principles and practices are designed to educate and leave participants with a big picture of the interactions of many specialties in traffic and transportation fields. It should be viewed as the introductory course for other advanced classes on focused topics in traffic engineering.

    This course may also benefit entry-level traffic engineers who may be planning on taking the California Professional Engineering (PE) License Exam in Traffic Engineering, although this course is not a review course for this PE exam. For more assistance in preparing for the Traffic Engineering PE exam for California, please refer to TE-29 California Traffic Engineering License Exam Review.

    The materials in this course are based on the following references:

    • Fundamentals of Traffic Engineering
    • Highway Capacity Manual 6th Ed.
    • Highway Design Manual 6th Ed.
    • Caltrans Standard Plans, 2015 Ed.
    • California Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices 2014, Revision 3
    • SB-743 VMT and related publications
    • ITE Trip Generation Manual, 10th Ed.
    • AASHTO A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, 6th Edition
  • Course Prerequisites

      [no prerequisites identified]

  • Course Instructors

      Rafat Raie, PE, Deputy Director of Public Works, City Traffic Engineer, City of San Rafael

      Mr. Raie has nearly 30 years of Traffic Engineering experience including design, operation, planning, and maintenance. As an instructor with ITS Tech Transfer for the past nine years, he has shared his professional experience in pedestrian facility design and operations in communities throughout California. He has a well-rounded experience in traffic signal systems, parking systems, innovative pedestrian facilities, and ADA standards.

      Crystal Killian, PE, Transportation Engineer, City of Los Angeles

      Ms. Killian is a Professional Civil Engineer and a Traffic Engineer with more than 20 years of transportation engineering experience with the City of Los Angeles in the Department of Transportation. She has been involved in programs for parking, special events, emergency response, liability management, neighborhood traffic calming, school safety and pedestrian safety.

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LTAP Subsidized

This class is offered at a reduced fee to employees of California's city, county, regional, and tribal public agencies

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Course Credit

This course grants:

3.20 CEUs

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