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Traffic Operations
Using the basics of traffic operations in the analysis and design of all transportation facilities such as the microscopic and macroscopic characteristics of traffic flow, speed, and
density. Also, analyzing traffic shockwaves at signalized intersections and at freeway bottlenecks, queuing analysis. All of the previous analysis using some of the computer applications and simulation models.
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
Theories and applications of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in transportation engineering.
Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) are advanced applications which aim to provide innovative services relating to different modes of transport, traffic and mobility management, and enable various users to be better informed and make safer, more coordinated, and 'smarter' use of transport networks.
Wrong-Way Driving (WWD) Behavior and Countermeasures
Studying the act of driving a motor vehicle against the direction of traffic on either one- or two-way roadways, the behaviour that let leads to such actions, and the countermeasures to minimize and prevent WWD.
Transit Signal Priority (TSP) and TSP technology
Using the set of operational improvements that employ technology to reduce dwell time at traffic signals for transit vehicles by holding green lights longer or shortening red lights. TSP may be implemented at individual intersections or across corridors or entire street systems. Studying the benefits, costs, and all other evaluation approaches.
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
Studying the bus-based mass transit system that meets certain conditions specially the bus exclusive lanes (dedicated lanes). A true BRT system generally has specialized design, services and infrastructure to improve system quality and remove the typical causes of delay, such treatments: Dedicated lanes, Busway alignment, Off-board fare collection, Intersection treatment, and Platform-level boarding.
Traffic Management Systems (TMS)
Management of the various transportation systems including the downtown road network, intersections, major roads and freeways, management of roads in residential areas, public transit management, restrictive actions and management of parking lots, actions to improve traffic safety and environment, applications and concepts of traffic systems management.
Traffic Incident/Accident Management
Studying the safety statistics and trends, risk, exposure & safety, crash reporting system, driver factors, roadway and Vehicle factors, evaluating safety countermeasures, modeling crash occurrence, State-of-the-art traffic safety research, and the use of Highway Safety Manual (HSM) in traffic Incident/Accident management.
Traffic Modeling and Simulation
Studying the mathematical modeling of transportation systems (e.g., freeway junctions, arterial routes, roundabouts, downtown grid systems, etc.) through the application of computer software to better help plan, design and operate transportation systems.
Studying models that are too complicated for analytical or numerical treatment, experimental studies, study detailed relations that might be lost in analytical or numerical treatment, and produce attractive visual demonstrations of present and future scenarios.
Urban Transportation planning
Defining future policies, goals, investments and designs to prepare for future needs to move people and goods to destinations.
Traffic Calming Management
Using physical design and other measures to improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. It aims to encourage safer, more responsible driving and potentially reduce traffic flow. Urban planners and traffic engineers have many strategies for traffic calming, including narrowed roads and speed humps.
Computer Applications in Transportation Engineering
Computer software as a tool in the field of transportation engineering (e.g., VISSIM, VISUM, CORSIM, HCS+ and SIDRA).