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Focusing on the User – Balancing Safety and Mobility at Traffic Signals

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In this session, several methods are discussed for managing and adjusting traffic signal timing with advanced features and upgrades to hardware to improve roadway safety and operations.
Learning Objectives:

  • Describe Utah DOTs experience in improving safety and mobility using their traffic signal program.
  • Identify key signal controller features and cabinet hardware that can improve roadway operation.
  • Explain the safety of operating flashing yellow arrows at signalized intersections.

Moderator:
Andrew Velasquez, P.E., PTOE, Program Manager – Planning and Traffic Engineering, AECOM

Presentation Titles & Speakers:
  • “Traffic Signal Operations: Balancing Safety and Mobility - UDOT Experiences”, Mark Taylor, P.E., PTOE, Traffic Signal Operations Engineer, Utah DOT, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • “Improving User Experience at Congested Arterials Using Advanced Traffic Signal Controller Features”, Shazia Malik, Transportation Engineer, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Fairfax, Virginia and Veera Gunda, P.E., Transportation Engineer, Serco, Inc., Fairfax, Virginia
  • “How Upgrading One Traffic Signal Cabinet Alleviated a Systemwide Transit Bottleneck”, Adam Moore, P.E., Senior Engineering Associate, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland, Oregon and Maggie Lin, Ph.D, P.E., PTOE, Transportation Engineer, DKS Associates, Portland, Oregon
  • “Operating FYAs with a Focus on Safety”, Philip Kulis, P.E., PTOE, RSP2, SRF Consulting Group, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota

Contributors

  • Moderator: Andrew Velasquez, P.E., PTOE, Program Manager – Planning and Traffic Engineering, AECOM

  • Mark Taylor, P.E., PTOE, Traffic Signal Operations Engineer, Utah DOT, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Mark Taylor is the traffic signal operations engineer for the Utah Department of Transportation where he oversees the maintenance and operations of UDOT's 1,304 traffic signals and has been with the Department for 22 years. He graduated from Brigham Young University, with a bachelors and masters degree in Civil Engineering. Mark is a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer and a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Utah.

  • Shazia Malik, Transportation Engineer, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Fairfax, Virginia

    Shazia Malik has over 19 years of work experience in traffic engineering and transportation planning projects including highways, transit, and freight. Her focus includes analyzing traffic operations using micro and macro simulation tools, signal timing optimization using tools within the ATC controller and ATSPM, intelligent transportation system (ITS) technologies/data, GIS and travel demand modeling.
    Shazia has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s in Transportation Planning from India, as well as a Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering from PSU, Oregon. Currently, she works as a transportation engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation in Northern Virginia.

  • Veera Gunda, P.E., Transportation Engineer, Serco, Inc., Fairfax, Virginia

    Veera P. Gunda has more than fifteen years of work experience in Traffic Engineering. His primary focus includes traffic signal operations, real-time traffic management during incidents and emergency response, signal timing optimization, and developing traffic management strategies during special events. Veera’s education includes a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree from India and a Master of Science (Civil Engineering) degree with specialization in Transportation Engineering from UA, Birmingham (AL). He is currently working as Engineer III at Serco, Inc. as an on-site consultant for the Virginia Department of Transportation, Northern Virginia.

  • Adam Moore, P.E., Senior Engineering Associate, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland, Oregon

    Adam Moore is a Senior Engineering Associate at the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) in the Signals, Street Lighting, & ITS (SSL) Division. PBOT SSL oversees design, construction, maintenance, and operations of the City’s traffic signals and street light infrastructure. Adam received his bachelors degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech, and his masters degree in civil engineering from Portland State University.

  • Maggie Lin, Ph.D, P.E., PTOE, Transportation Engineer, DKS Associates, Portland, Oregon

    Dongmei “Maggie” Lin is a transportation engineer at DKS Associates in Portland, Oregon. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering and a PhD in Transportation from Beijing Jiaotong University. She also holds a Master's degree in Civil Engineering from University of Neveda, Reno. She has 10 years of experience in consulting and research, with expertise in traffic operations, data analytics, and traffic signals. She currently serves as the president of ITE Oregon Section. When not at work, Maggie enjoys biking and music.

  • Philip Kulis, P.E., PTOE, RSP2, SRF Consulting Group, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Philip Kulis, P.E., PTOE, RSP2I. is a Traffic Engineer with SRF Consulting Group in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has ten years of experience in transportation and traffic engineering with a focus in traffic operations analysis, transit operations and TSP, roundabouts, unique traffic control, signal operations and the traffic signal controller interface. His experience ranges from large-scale regional operations and reliability down to the intersection level and detailed signal controller coding. He is currently managing projects for agencies across Minnesota that encompass signal optimization projects, corridor studies, and freeway improvement projects. Philip is an active member of ITE, previous Chair of the North Central Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineer’s Younger Member Committee (NCITE YMC) and Intersection Traffic Control Committee (NCITE ITCC).

July 29, 2021
Thu 11:00 AM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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