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473700-00003-2 Report Abstract

2000 Transportation Engineering Research Reports

Sean Merrell and Miguel Vescovacci, Texas A&M University, August 2000, 87 pp. (473700-00003-2)

The engineering research reports in this document resulted from the ninth year of the Undergraduate Transportation Engineering Fellows Program during the summer of 2000. 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 two transportation research projects. One paper documents an evaluation of signal control strategies using data from Wellborn Road and the CORSIM simulation model. A few recommendations for additional studies were made based on the procedures developed in the project. No specific conclusions could be drawn concerning specific control strategy changes. The other paper compares the perception of the Houston Metro bus service and the bus volume and ridership. Past bus volumes and perception were compared and used with future scenarios. An all-bus plan and a projection of the light-rail operating condition were used as comparison cases. Several case-specific conclusions were drawn from the analysis, as well as some general conclusions concerning the methodology used.

Keywords: Bus, Transit, Citizen Perception, Traffic Signals, Signal Phasing, Signal Control

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