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473700-00003-10 Report Abstract

Compendium of Student Papers: 2005 Undergraduate Transportation Engineering Fellows Program

Steven D. Schrock, editor, Texas A&M University, August 2005, 201 pp. (473700-00003-10)

This report is a compilation of research papers written by students participating in the 2005 Undergraduate Transportation Engineering Fellows Program. The ten-week summer program, now in its fifteenth 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 Texas A&M University faculty members and Texas Transportation Institute researchers 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) a managed lanes traffic and toll revenue study for the San Antonio Northeast Corridor; 2) an investigation between tire hits on raised pavement markers and traffic volume; 3) an analysis of age and education characteristics in the comprehension of changeable message signs; 4) an analysis of reading time and comprehension of AMBER alert messages presented on simulated changeable message signs; 5) an analysis of noises from vehicle tire interactions with rumble strips; 6) a study of driver understanding of innovative diagrammatic guide sign formats; 7) the development of a conceptual model to evaluate the performance of on-premise business signs; and 8) the development of a transportation performance monitoring plan for the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

Keywords: Managed Lanes, Raised Pavement Marker Performance, Changeable Message Signs, Rumble Strips, Diagrammatic Signs, On-Premise Business Signs, Transportation System Monitoring Plan

ENTIRE REPORT (Adobe Acrobat File – 9.1 MB)