Basic Concepts of Traffic Engineering and Transport Planning
Development of specialized competences to solve multi-disciplinary Traffic Engineering problems.
Learning of the potential, applicability conditions and design principles and methodologies associated to the main road, pedestrian and bicycle networks’ components.
Development of basic systemic and integrated analysis competences with special emphasis on problems located within urban environments.
Introduction. The transport system; Basic network organizing principles
Traffic signals. Isolated or coordinated, fixed times or actuated; Basic concepts: saturation flow and capacity; traffic signal stages and plans; The Webster Method; Left turning movements; Pedestrians and Buses; Short Lanes; Actuated Solutions
Parking Management. Parking and (un)Loading demand; Bus stops and Parking spaces design
Public Transports. PT positive discrimination: strategies and solutions
Pedestrian networks. Basic organizing principles; Pedestrian paths; pedestrian crossings; modal interfaces; shared areas
Bicycle networks. Basic organizing principles; Typical solutions: applicability and geometric design
Integrated management of Arterial and Local Roads. Design principles for complex environments; Traffic calming solutions
Micro-simulation. Applicability conditions; Micro-models; The AIMSUN
The students’ final evaluation consists of a final exam, complemented by the analysis and formal discussion of at least one practical project. The exam is worth 50%. : 100.0%
- Manual de Planeamento das Acessibilidades e da Gestão Viária (2010), Edição CCRDN (disponível em http://www.ccdr-n.pt/acessibilidadesegestaoviaria/)
- Guidelines User’s of Aimsun (2011), TSS
- Highway Capacity Manual (2002); TRB
- Highway Safety Manual (2010): AASHTO; TRB