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473700-00003-8 Report Abstract

Compendium: Papers on Advanced Surface Transportation Systems, 2004

Texas A&M University, August 2004, 315 pp. (473700-00003-8)

This document is the culmination of the fourteenth offering of a Mentors Program at Texas A&M University on Advanced Surface Transportation Systems which was presented in 2004 by the Advanced Institute in Transportation Systems Operations and Management. The Program allows participants to work closely with recognized experts in the field of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and traffic operations and management. The highly successful Mentors Program has been available to transportation engineering graduate students at Texas A&M University since 1991. In 2004, the Program was available to state Department of Transportation employees as well.

As part of the Mentors Program six top-level transportation professionals from private enterprise and departments of transportation, were invited to Texas A&M University to present a 1½-day Symposium on Advanced Surface Transportation Systems in early June. Immediately following the Symposium, the participants enrolled in the Program took part in a Forum and a Workshop with the invited mentors and the course instructor. Each participant held numerous discussions with the mentors and course instructor to identify a topic area for a paper. The state DOT participants selected topics that had direct application to the needs of their respective states. Each participant worked with his/her mentor and course instructor to finalize a topic area and objectives for a paper. In addition to discussions with the course instructor, the participants (communicating via telephone, e-mail, fax and mail) worked directly with the mentors throughout the summer while preparing their papers. The mentors and the state DOT employee participants returned to the Texas A&M University campus in late July for formal presentations of the papers.

Keywords: Intelligent Transportation Systems, Advanced Traffic Management Systems, Traffic Management Centers, Homeland Security, Incident Management, Planned Special Events, Signalization, Metering, Roundabouts, Road User Fees, Freeway Service Patrols, Highway Performance Measures Accelerated Construction, Internet