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473700-00003-5 Report Abstract

Compendium of Student Papers: 2002 Undergraduate Transportation Engineering Fellows Program

Shawn Turner, editor, Texas A&M University, August 2002, 180 pp. (473700-00003-5)

This report is a compilation of research papers written by students participating in the 2002 Undergraduate Transportation Engineering Fellows Program. The ten-week summer program, now in its twelfth year, provides undergraduate students in Civil Engineering the opportunity to learn about transportation engineering through participation in sponsored transportation research projects. The program design allows students to interact directly with a Texas A&M University faculty member or TTI researcher in developing a research proposal, conducting valid research, and documenting the research results through oral presentations and research papers.

The papers in this compendium report on the following topics, respectively: 1) color recognition of retroreflective raised pavement markers; 2) impacts of localized congestion on mobile source emissions; 3) transportation improvement strategies for Houston’s Texas Medical Center; 4) effects of access management on vehicle crashes; 5) computer micro-simulation analysis of intersections near highway-railroad grade crossings; and 6) the costs and benefits associated with electronic toll collection and variable toll rates.

Keywords: Retroreflective Raised Pavement Markers, Mobile Source Emissions, Transportation Improvement Strategies, Access Management, Computer Micro-Simulation, Highway-Railroad Grade Crossings, Electronic Toll Collection, Variable Toll Rates

ENTIRE REPORT (Adobe Acrobat File – 11.6 MB)