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National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology

Physical Address:

875 Perimeter Dr, MS 0901
Moscow, ID 83844-0901

Phone: 208-885-0576

Fax: 208-885-2877

Email: niatt@uidaho.edu

Transportation Research Institute

Physical Address:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering and Technology
Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0241

Phone: 757-683-3753

Fax: 757-683-5354

Email: mcetin@odu.edu

Physical Address:

L.C. Smith College of Engineering & Computer Science
223 Link Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244

Phone: 315-443.2545

Email: omsalem@syr.edu

Innovative Transportation Research Institute

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College of Science & Technology
Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne Avenue
Houston, Texas 77004-9986

Phone: 713-313-7282

Fax: 713-313-1856

Email: yu_lx@tsu.edu

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

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3500 Transportation Research Plaza
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: 540-231-1500

Fax: 540-231-1555

Email: hrakha@vtti.vt.edu

Improve the Environment for a Livable Community: Advance the AERIS Program by Developing and Testing Eco-Traffic Signal System Applications

Project Title

Improve the Environment for a Livable Community: Advance the AERIS Program by Developing and Testing Eco-Traffic Signal System Applications

University

University of Idaho

Principal Investigator

U of I Civil & Environmental Engineering

PI Contact Information

U of I Civil & Environmental Engineering

Funding Sources and Amounts Provided

US Department of Transportation — $143,631.88
Idaho Transportation Department — $27,393.04
University of Idaho — $116,238.84

Total Project Cost

$287,263.76

Agency ID or Contract Number

DTRT12GUTC17 UI-KLK901

Start Date

1/1/12

End Date

1/31/16

Description of Research Project

The main goal of this project is to improve the environmental performance of arterial system operations through developing and testing eco-traffic signal system control strategies. The project is also aimed at enhancing the modeling and evaluation tools for estimating transportation system environmental-based performance measures. It also aims at developing a framework for arterial system operations that addresses more reliable and rigorous techniques to model and assess the impact of signal control strategies on fuel consumption and emissions on signalized arterials. The ability of existing signal timing modeling tools to accurately and reliably estimate the impact of signal timing on fuel consumption and vehicular emissions will be examined as part of the project. Guidelines on how to integrate emission estimation tools with traditional traffic modeling and optimization tools to develop and test various signal timing strategies for arterial management will be developed. The impact of several eco-traffic signal system operational strategies, specifically those strategies developed and tested as part of the FHWA’s AERIS program will be tested though microscopic simulation modeling environment. The research outcome should provide transportation professionals with a highly practical set of guidelines to improve signal timing procedures and arterial operations to reduce fuel consumption and vehicular emissions.

Implementation of Research Outcomes

The outcome of this research should provide a practical set of procedures to retime traffic signals and apply other operational measures on urban streets which will minimize the negative impact of traffic operations on the environment. The developed methods and procedures will identify when and what agencies need to do to ensure the most environmentally friendly operations.

  • Developed an architecture for a Hardware-in-the-loop simulation environment for connected-vehicle applications for coordinated systems
  • Documented the characteristics of corridor signal timing plans optimized through different optimization software using different objective functions
  • Tested the performance of corridor signal timing plans optimized using different objective functions using hardware-in-the-loop environment simulation environment
  • Developed a real-time traffic signal system instrumentation using NEMA TS2 SDLC as part of the  Hardware-in-the-loop simulation environment for connected-vehicle applications for coordinated systems
  • Documented the impact of corridor signal timing plans, optimized using different objective functions, on the characteristics of traffic operations for vehicle groups with different origin-destination.
  • Provided guidelines on optimizing coordinated corridors to minimize fuel consumptions and emissions.
  • Provided guidelines on using advanced controller settings to optimize traffic operation at signalized intersections operating in an isolated mode.

Impacts and Benefits of the Project

Education

  • One Bachelor of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering student graduated and joined the transportation engineering graduate program.
  • Four undergraduate Civil & Environmental Engineering students joined as research interns.
  • One Ph.D. student graduated in May 2015 and joined the transportation engineering workforce at a lead consultant firm in the area of traffic signal system operations.

Research

  • Guidelines for actuated control parameters to minimize fuel consumption and vehicle emissions for fully actuated signaled intersections operating on isolated or free mode of operation.
  • An architecture for a Hardware-in-the-loop simulation environment for connected-vehicle applications for corridor operations.
  • Guidelines for optimizing coordinated corridors to minimize fuel consumptions and emissions.
  • Guidelines on using advanced controller settings to optimize traffic operation at signalized intersections operating in an isolated mode.

Papers

  • Sherief Elbassuoni and Ahmed Abel-Rahim, “Modeling Fuel Consumption and Emissions at Signalized Intersection Approaches: A Synthesis of Data Sources and Analysis Tools”, Proceedings of the 54th Annual Transportation Research Forum, Annapolis, Maryland, March 21-23, 2013, pp. 156-170.
  • Christopher (Kip) Davidson, “Actuated Control Parameters to Reduce Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Consumption at Isolated Intersections,” M. Sc. Thesis, University of Idaho, December 2013.
  • Christopher Davidson, Sherief Elbassuoni, and Ahmed Abel-Rahim “Actuated Control Parameters to Reduce Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Consumption at Isolated Intersections,” Paper submitted for presentation at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 94th Annual Meeting.
  • Jacob W. Preston, Richard W. Wall, and Ahmed Abdel-Rahim, “Real-Time Traffic Signal System Instrumentation using National Electrical Manufacturers Association TS2 Synchronous Data Link Control Networks”, CD-ROM, Proceedings of the TRB 94th Annual Meeting, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, Washington, D.C., January 2015, Paper # 15-3047.
  • Sherief Elbassuoni,”Guidelines for Eco-Traffic Signal System Operations in Small and Medium Size Cities”, Ph.D. Thesis, University of Idaho, May 2015.

Presentation

  • Sherief Elbassuoni, “Guidelines for Eco-Traffic Signal System Operations in Small and Medium Size City Environments”, Doctoral Student Research in Transportation Operations and Traffic Control, TRB 94th Annual Meeting, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, Washington, D.C., January 2015, Presentation #P15-7006.

Web Links

Final Report: Final Report Contract 2013-756 EAST PLLC

Keywords

  • eco-traffic system
  • transportation
  • environmental

Project Status

Complete

Partner Universities

National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology

Physical Address:

875 Perimeter Dr, MS 0901
Moscow, ID 83844-0901

Phone: 208-885-0576

Fax: 208-885-2877

Email: niatt@uidaho.edu

Transportation Research Institute

Physical Address:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering and Technology
Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0241

Phone: 757-683-3753

Fax: 757-683-5354

Email: mcetin@odu.edu

Physical Address:

L.C. Smith College of Engineering & Computer Science
223 Link Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244

Phone: 315-443.2545

Email: omsalem@syr.edu

Innovative Transportation Research Institute

Physical Address:

College of Science & Technology
Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne Avenue
Houston, Texas 77004-9986

Phone: 713-313-7282

Fax: 713-313-1856

Email: yu_lx@tsu.edu

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Physical Address:

3500 Transportation Research Plaza
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: 540-231-1500

Fax: 540-231-1555

Email: hrakha@vtti.vt.edu