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Fundamentals of Traffic Engineering, San Jose, CA

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT)

Fundamentals of Traffic Engineering, San Jose, CA

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Engineering and Planning Sep 25, 2017 $299.00 $17.44
Two+ Same Agency Engr and Plann. Sep 15, 2017 $499.00 $28.44

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Fundamentals of Traffic Engineering

This course provides working engineering and planning professionals an overview of the main concepts used in traffic engineering.   Participants will learn the complex issues facing the transportation professionals and how to navigate these issues while adhering to legal, economic and political realities.

Participants will also learn the need and use of appropriate data in decision making and a diverse approach to tackling the transportation engineering challenges. Two class interactive engagements will encourage the sharing of experience and knowledge among the participants

Module 1. Engineering and Planning Interactions:  Understanding the real world views and on-going relationships between planning and engineering in transportation. 

  • Land use and transportation planning (General Plans, specific plans, operations plans, RTP, etc.)
  • Data and its use (data collection and applying it in planning, feed-back loop for good engineering, importance of field data, user behavior observations, safety reviews, accidents, etc.)
  • Planning and engineering horizons (long term VS short term, plan updates, etc.)
  • Decision making process (engineering judgement, analysis, technical backup, etc.)

 Module 2. Influence of Human Factors 

  • Making the human user as part of the transportation design and plans (transportation - interaction of the most venerable user with vehicles, incorporating data, human decision making, reducing errors in road user decisions, etc.) 
  • What is local "context" and why it is important (land use planning in America, local understanding of signals and other controls, favored colors, population age, social values, etc.)
  • Political and economic realities (finding the right balance, compromise but not on safety, etc.)
  • Class exercise

 Group Engagement – An interactive group exercise on appropriate use of data in decision making process.  

 Module 3.  Incorporating Politics and Advocacy in Transportation 

  • Collaborative approach- What works well?
  • Using politics and advocacy to your advantage.
  • How much to Compromise?
  • Consultants and professional relationships and contacts

 Group Engagement - An interactive group exercise on developing a transportation plan and implementing it through the political and advocacy maze.

  Module 4. Improving the Process 

  • Technical diversity (using knowledge from different technical disciplines to improve transportation, etc.
  • Road user knowledge (learn from the users, anecdotal data, etc.)
  • Learn from your mistakes (taking risks and its rewards, do not repeat the bad design, use good data, etc.)
  • An eye towards the future (changing nature of users and technology, connected vehicles, need for better/faster feedback loop, etc.)


Private and public sectors professionals are encouraged to attend; Professionals from municipalities, counties, metropolitan transportation agencies and consultants will benefit greatly from understanding the concepts in a friendly and professional learning setting.

 Basic California's traffic engineers and planners are core training for more than three decades. Contents are regularly updated to reflect current practices and new issues. 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 engineers and academics.

Each student receives a copy of the best-selling 16th Edition of Fundamentals of Traffic Engineering

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Phoenix University, San Jose
3590 N. First Street, Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95134

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT)

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