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72194-1 Report Abstract

1993 Transportation Engineering Research Reports

Allison C. Cherry, Juene K. Franklin, Bridgete D. Keller, Joshua E. Martin, Jennifer Messick, Charles J. Naples III, C. Brian Shamburger, Edward D. Sulak, Jr., Texas A&M University, August 1994, 89 pp.

The engineering research reports in this document resulted from the fourth year of the Undergraduate Transportation Engineering Fellows Program during the summer of 1993. The ten-week program, sponsored by the Advanced Institute program of the Southwest Region University Transportation Center (SWUTC), the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), and the Civil Engineering Department at Texas A&M University, provides undergraduate students in Civil Engineering with the opportunity to learn more about transportation engineering through participation in a transportation research program. The program design allows the students to interact directly with a faculty member or TTI researcher in developing a research proposal, conducting appropriate research, and documenting the research results.

This compendium contains reports on a wide variety of transportation research. The reports document planning research in the investigation of life-cycle variables in estimating trip rates; traffic operations research addressing the effects of lead length on inductive loop detectors and the investigation of the heights of vehicle fleet taillights and headlights as parameters to be incorporated in roadway design; materials research on the effects of fiber and polymer modifications on the fatigue life of asphalt pavement; multi-modal research into the travel time reliability of high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes and the air quality and fuel consumption benefits that can be realized by implementing HOV facilities; safety investigation of limited sight distance at railroad-highway grade crossings; and maintenance research directed toward the development of cost-effective means of determining the functional condition of signs and markings along highways in Texas.

Keywords: Trip Generation Models, Inductive Loop Detectors, Stone Mastic Asphalt, Maintenance Level-of-Service, Passive Grade Crossings, HOV, Stopping Sight Distance, Air Quality, Fuel Consumption

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