Transportation Systems Engineering 2

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An-NajahNational University                                                           Department of Civil Eng


Transportation Systems Engineering II - CE460

2nd Semester 2009/2010


Prof. Sameer Abu-Eisheh                                                       Dr. Khaled Al-Sahili



Prerequisite:CE 360



The Course is designed to give students the necessary knowledge and practical training in the analysis of traffic engineering and in transportation planning. This includes traffic engineering studies; fundamentals of traffic flow; capacities and level of service analyses for highway facilities, highway operation systems; traffic control devices; traffic signal design; principles of planning for transportation systems; and basic steps of travel demand forecasting. In addition, a weekly laboratory session will enhance training relevant to those topics.

The multimedia dimension of the course is designed to enable students to use advanced computer, multimedia, and networking capabilities to assist them in learning and understanding the material, through the inclusion of images, sound, animations, and maps as needed.



1. Traffic and Highway Engineering, 4th edition, By: N. Garber and L. Hoel, 2010.

There will also be supplementary multimedia courseware posted on a World Wide Web site especially designed for the course.

2. The Multi-Media Software:Students can purchase a copy of the software from the department secretary.



The following reference will help students to expand their knowledge in the topics covered throughout the course:

  • Highway Capacity Manual. Transportation Research Board, 2000.
  • Manual of Transportation Engineering Studies. By: Institute of Transportation Engineers, 1994.
  • Principles of Highway Engineering and Traffic Analysis. 2nd edition. By: F. Mannering and W. Kilareski, 1998.
  • Transportation Engineering, 2nd edition. By: C. Khisty and B. Lall, 2002
  • Traffic Engineering, 2nd edition. By: Roess, McShane, and Prasses, 1998.
  • A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets. AASHTO, 2000.
  • Metropolitan Transportation Planning. 2nd edition. By: John Dickey, 1982.
  • Highway Engineering, 6th edition. By: P. Wright, 1996.
  • Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. By: FHWA, 2000



Web References:

  1. Transportation Research Board           
  2. U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics
  3. Instituteof Transportation Engineers    
  4. U.S. Department of Transportation      
  5. ITS Research Center, Texas A&M     
  6. For other web reference check            
  7. Directory for Traffic/Transport Engineering



The contents for the Transportation Engineering Systems (II) course include:








1. Introduction to Traffic Eng





2. Traffic Engineering Studies

2.1 Spot Speed Studies

2.2 Volume Studies

2.3 Travel Time and Delay Studies

2.4 Parking Studies

2.5 Inventory Studies




3. Fundamental Principles of Traffic Flow

3.1 Traffic Flow Elements

3.2 Flow-Density Relationships


173 - 214



4. Intersection Design

4.1 Types and Design of At Grade Intersections

4.2 Geometric Design Principles of At-Grade Intersections





5. Intersection Control

5.1 Concepts of Traffic Control

5.2 Conflict Points at Intersections

5.3 Types of Intersection Control

5.4 Signal Timing





6. Capacity and Multi-Lane Highways and Freeway Sections


6.1 Multi-Lane Highways

6.2 Elements of Freeway Sections

6.3 Computer Applications






7. Capacity and Level of Service at Signalized Intersections

7.1 Capacity at Signalized Intersections

7.2 Level of Service at Signalized Intersections

7.3 Operation and Planning Analysis

7.4 Computer Applications





8. The Transportation Planning Process and Travel Demand Forecasting

8.1 Basic Elements of Transportation Planning

8.2 Urban Transportation Planning

8.3 Forecasting Travel (Trip Generation, Trip Distribution, Mode Choice, and Traffic Assignment)









Evaluation:   5%                  Homework

35%                Two Mid-Term Exams (17.5% each)

20%                Laboratory and Project

40%                Final Exam