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Traffic Signal Timing Optimization For City Of Buffalo

The goal of this project is to optimize traffic signal timing plans and road geometry design for around 20 intersections along two corridors in City of Buffalo: Main St and Bailey Ave. First, loop detector traffic data and pedestrian counts data will be input into a popular intersection design tool SYNCHRO to obtain a offline optimized signal timing plans. All the signal timing plans and traffic inputs will then be fed into a microscopic traffic simulation software VISSIM. A variety o simulation runs for different scenarios will eventually validate the signal timing plans and the geometry design. Three types of travel modes, including transit buses, pedestrians, and cars will be considered in this project. This project aims to improve traffic signal coordination along corridor and harness traffic congestion during peak hours. Specifically, this project will explore the potential opportunities to improve quality of transportation service in City of Buffalo.

Research Project Information

Student Skill-Set Needed: Civil Engineering Students who are familar with traffic operations and design
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Qing He
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Civil, Structural And Environmental Engineering