Traffic Signal Design and Operation

Mississauga, Ontario /
Feb 10 - 12, 2021 /
Course Code: 11-0201-2385

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After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • discover the design of an intersection from concept to completion
  • benefit from the insight gained at this course the preparation necessary to develop design considerations, select signal equipment and its placement
  • acquire practical methods to become more knowledgeable about uniform traffic control devices for Canada
  • apply bikeway traffic control and accessible pedestrian signals guidelines
  • expand your knowledge of transit priority system

Recent advances in technology and sophistication in hardware and software, have made it possible to design and build more effective and reliable traffic signals and traffic signal systems. Expectation of better service in local areas is increasing as more motorists experience the newer and more effective traffic signal systems. Consequently, many transportation authorities are faced with the demands, not only for additional traffic signals, but also for upgrade of the existing traffic signal systems to meet increased traffic flows and safety concerns.

If your existing traffic signal systems cannot meet the new demands placed on them, join us at this seminar to share experiences of specialists in this field.

Course Outline:

  • Pre-Design Activities
  • Design of an Intersection
  • Operational Requirements
  • Traffic Signals &Detectors
  • Bikeway Traffic Control Guidelines for Canada
  • Design of the Intersection and Ongoing Signal Operations
  • Accessible Pedestrian Signals
  • Emergency Pre-emption and Transit Priority
  • Advanced Traffic management Systems ( ATMS)
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

Who Should Attend:
Directors and Managers of Transportation • Transportation Planners• Engineers • Signal Analysts /Designers • Signal Maintenance Engineers • Traffic Project Inspectors • Public Works and Development Reviewers • Bicycle Route Planners and Landscape Architects

Special Feature
This seminar is designed to provide the state-of-the art body of knowledge in traffic engineering in small parcels, each interwoven with case studies, which emphasize &demonstrate application of the knowledge gained through lectures.. You come out from the seminar with a new confidence in handling traffic signal design &operation problems.

More Information


Daily Schedule:
8:00 Registration and coffee (1st day only)
8:30 Session begins
12:00 Lunch (provided)
4:30 Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to refreshment and networking breaks during the morning and afternoon

Day I

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes &the Assessment Method

Seminar Preview

Pre-Design Activities

  • Data gathering
  • Warrant analysis
  • Gap analysis

Operational Requirements

  • Definitions
  • Timing and Phasing
  • Modes of Operation
  • Detection
  • Flow principles
  • Demo & considerations
  • Traffic signal capacity analysis
  • Timing with signals
  • Level of service
  • Highway capacity manual
  • Canadian capacity guide
  • Intersection capacity analysis

Legislation and Standards

  • Acts and Regulations – (Shall) ie Highway Traffic Act, Disabilities Act, Municipal Act
  • Standards and Specifications (Should) MUTCDC, OTM
  • Best Practises (May)
  • National standards of signing
  • Pavement markings
  • Construction zones


Day II

Traffic Signal Equipment

  • Poles, Signal Heads, Arms, Streetlighting
  • Detection Equipment
  • Accessibility Equipment
  • Underground infrastructure
  • Pavement Markings and signage
  • Power / cabling requirements

Equipment Placement

  • Geometrics (curbs, islands, sidewalks)
  • Above ground design – signal head placement
  • Underground design – conduit and chambers

Bicycle Considerations

  • Timing and Phasing
  • Pavement markings and signage
  • Dedicated facilities in signal design

Accessibility Requirements

  • Geometrics (curbs, sidewalks, islands)
  • Signal Design ( head placement, audible devices )

Traffic Signal Pre-emption and Priority

  • Emergency Vehicle Pre-emption
    • Methods and Equipment
  • Transit Vehicle Priority
    • Methods and Equipment



Traffic Control Systems

  • Definition
  • Methods / Architectures
  • Communications / Methods
  • Synchronization and Modelling
  • Advanced Transportation Management Systems (ATMS)
  • Centre to Centre data sharing / integration
  • Autonomous / Connected Vehicles (V2I V2V V2X communications)

Traffic Signal Operations and Maintenance

  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Response (Emergency) Maintenance
  • Record keeping
  • Public Interaction
  • Traffic signal “Report Card”

Design Exercise
An intersection plan is provided to pairs or groups of participants. Each pair or group will be required to create a signal design considering the geometrics. Geometric alterations, above ground and underground plant placement to reflect phasing requirements are to be considered in this exercise. All required knowledge to complete this exercise will have been addressed throughout the workshop.

Design Review
Each group will present their design speaking to the decisions made and the design approach that they have chosen. After all presentations have been made, the actual “in place” design will be reviewed.

Concluding Remarks & Final Adjournment


Michael Flanigan

Michael B. Flanigan is a Project Manager with the Traffic Management Section of the Transportation and Works Department for the City of Mississauga. He has over 40 years of experience in Municipal Traffic Engineering, Operations, Planning and Design especially in the area of Traffic Signal Control. He is a Past President of IMSA Ontario and IMSA International, and serves on a number of IMSA International Committees. Michael represents IMSA in a number of capacities at the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC).


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Fee & Credits
Early Registration Fee:

$1995 + taxes

Fee after January 1, 2021:

$2295 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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