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72194-2 Report Abstract

Graduate Student Papers on Advanced Surface Transportation Systems

Texas A&M University, August 1994, 403 pp.

This document is the culmination of the fourth offering of an innovate transportation engineering graduate course at Texas A&M University entitled, “Advanced Surface Transportation Systems”. The fourth offering of the course was presented during the summer of 1994 term. As part of the course, a Practitioner-In-Residence program was initiated as a means of providing the students with unique learning experiences. Six top-level managers/practitioners from 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 the mutual interests, each student was assigned to one of the managers/practitioners who served as a mentor (along with the course instructor) 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 and mail) worked directly with the mentors throughout the term while preparing their term papers. The mentors returned to the Texas T&M University campus near the end of the summer term to hear and critique the students’ presentations.

Keywords: Advanced Traffic Management Systems, Advanced Travellers Information Systems, Congestion Management, Electronic Toll Collection, Transportation Demand Management, Access Management, Incident Management, HOV Facilities

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