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712410-2 Report Abstract

Graduate Student Papers on Advanced Traffic Management Systems: 1992

Texas A&M University, August 1992, 316 pp.

This document is the culmination of the second offering of an innovative transportation engineering graduate course at Texas A&M University entitled, “Traffic Information and Control Systems Design”. The course was presented during the summer 1992 term. As part of the course, a Practitioner-in-Residence program was initiated as a means of providing the students with unique learning experiences. Five top-level managers/practitioners from city and state transportation departments and from transportation consulting firms were invited to Texas A&M University to present a 2-day Symposium on Advanced Surface Transportation Systems at the beginning of the summer term. Immediately following the Symposium, the students enrolled in the course participated in a Workshop with the transportation managers/practitioners and course instructor. Based on mutual interests, each student was assigned to one of the managers/practitioners who served as a mentor (along with the course instructor) to the student for the remainder of the summer term. Each student worked with his/her mentor and course instructor to identify a topic area and objectives for a term paper. In addition to discussions with the course instructor, the students (communicating via telephone, fax, e-mail, and mail) worked directly with the mentors throughout the term while preparing their term papers. Constructive comments were provided the students on their draft papers by the instructor and mentors. The mentors returned to the Texas A&M University campus near the end of the summer term to hear and critique the student’s presentations.

Keywords: Advanced Traffic Management Systems, Advanced Travellers Information Systems, Congestion Management, Air Quality, Congestion Pricing, HOV Facilities, Freeway Capacity

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