Traffic Signal Design and Operation

Online /
Feb 10 - 13, 2025 /
Course Code: 15-0215-ONL25

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 4 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 4:00 pm Eastern (Will include 30-minute lunch from 12:30 to 1:00 pm daily)

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 the 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. The expectation of better service in local areas is increasing as more motorists experience 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 upgrading 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 in this course to share the 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 course is designed to provide a state-of-the-art body of knowledge in traffic engineering in small parcels, each interwoven with case studies, which emphasize & demonstrate the application of the knowledge gained through lectures. You come out of this course with new confidence in handling traffic signal design & operation problems.

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time

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

Course 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) i.e. Highway Traffic Act, Disabilities Act, Municipal Act
  • Standards and Specifications (Should) MUTCDC, OTM
  • Best Practises (May)
  • National standards of signing
  • Pavement markings
  • Construction zones

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 must create a signal design considering the geometrics. Geometric alterations and 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 Traffic Signal Control. He is a Past President of IMSA Ontario and IMSA International and serves on several IMSA International Committees. Michael represents IMSA in several capacities at the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC).

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

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

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