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2011 Traffic Signal Operations Self Assessment

A Benchmarking Tool for Public Agencies Nationwide

Welcome to the Traffic Signal Operations Self Assessment Web site. The National Transportation Operations Coalition (NTOC) is pleased to provide the 2011 Traffic Signal Operations Self Assessment and other related materials through free download.

NTOC is an organization comprising transportation experts from associations and agencies including the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the American Public Works Association (APWA), the International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA), the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and many other organizations.


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2011 Traffic Signal Operations Self Assessment

Responses to the 2011 Traffic Signal Operations Self Assessment that were received by March 7, 2012 were included in the 3rd National Traffic Signal Report Card. However, this assessment can be used at any time to grade the performance of your system. With your submission you will receive a certificate of completion and a copy of your completed self assessment.

The 2011 Traffic Signal Operations Self Assessment was part of the 3rd National Traffic Signal Report Card, a National effort to bring more attention to the need for additional investment in traffic signal operations. The first and second National Traffic Signal Report Cards were released in 2005 and 2007 respectively and received extensive media attention. While the National score moved from a D- to a D, media coverage and press materials focused on the need for additional resources to support traffic signal operation.

The 2011 Traffic Signal Operations Self Assessment has been updated to reflect comments received following the previous self-assessments and to better connect traffic signal management and operations activities to operations objectives. In addition, an effort was made to remove redundant questions and reduce the bias toward centrally managed traffic signal systems. The results from the 2011 self-assessment will continue to allow for some comparison to the results of the previous versions so that agencies can gauge changes over time. It is expected that the Traffic Signal Operations Self Assessment will continue to be released approximately every three to four years.

The Traffic Signal Operations Self Assessment is intended for any agency with responsibility for the operation and maintenance of traffic signals and can be completed in about one hour with input from key staff responsible for traffic signal operations. No data collection is required.

The Traffic Signal Operations Self Assessment is part of a national effort to bring more attention to the need for additional investment in traffic signal operations. Traffic signal systems are historically under funded and are one of the first areas to be cut in tight budget times. However, investment in traffic signal operations is one of the most cost effective means to improve transportation system efficiency.

The self-assessment gives agencies a tool to help them understand opportunities for improving their own policies and practices.

If you have any questions, please contact Douglas Noble, ITE Senior Director, Management and Operations, at dnoble@ite.org or 202-785-0060 ext. 148, or Marianne Saglam, ITE Communications and Media Production Senior Director, at msaglam@ite.org or 202-785-0060 ext 123. To discuss the self assessment or any other issues related to traffic signal operations, please visit the NTOC Forums and Traffic Signal Library.




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