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473700-00003-9 Report Abstract

Compendium of Student Papers: 2004 Undergraduate Transportation Engineering Fellows Program

Steven D. Schrock, editor, Texas A&M University, August 2004, 375 pp. (473700-00003-9)

This report is a compilation of research papers written by students participating in the 2004 Undergraduate Transportation Engineering Fellows Program. The ten-week summer program, now in its fourteenth 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 Texas Transportation Institute 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) the impacts of night construction on crash likelihood; 2) the alleviation of congestion on the Katy Freeway through economic incentives; 3) the setting of detection zones for transit signal priority; 4) the improvement of planning-level speed estimation models; 5) the analysis of QuickRide users and nonusers; 6) the analysis of reading time and comprehension of simulated dynamic message sign messages; 7) the validation of video-based speed measurements; 8) the development of worksite criteria for “floating” speed zone research; 9) the comparison of erratic traffic behavior at congested daytime and nighttime work zones; 10) the investigation of issues regarding managed lane interoperability; 11) the evaluation of the effectiveness of dual portable changeable message signs in the display of a single message; 12) the evaluation of horizontal signing applications; and 13) the evaluation of red border speed limit signs.

Keywords: Work Zones, Toll Roads, Transit Signal Priority, Speed Estimation Models, CMS Reading Time, Video-Based Speed Measurement, Managed Lanes, Dual Portable Changeable Message Signs, Horizontal Signing, Red Border Speed Limit Signs

ENTIRE REPORT (Adobe Acrobat File – 11.3 MB)