AuthorFox, Thomas Charles, 1960-
AdvisorWortman, Robert H.
MetadataShow full item record
PublisherThe University of Arizona.
RightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
AbstractAn intensive examination was conducted to test the credibility of current traffic signal change interval policies founded on a kinematic equation developed nearly 30 years ago. The investigation involved the review of relevant literature as well as an extensive collection of data. The literature review and data analysis revealed that current change interval policies rely on the disproven assumption that traffic decelerates at a constant rate. The data analysis also demonstrated that traffic approach speed and deceleration distance affect the manner in which deceleration occurs. Based on the data analysis, an alternative treatment of the kinematic equation is proposed using surrogate deceleration rates. The surrogate rates offer a pragmatic set of input for the kinematic equation. Therefore, rather than yielding a change interval based on an inaccurate assumption, agencies can implement change intervals which are responsive to local traffic.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics