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Traffic Engineering, AC

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Traffic Engineering

Anyone who has spent time in a city knows how frustrating it can be to get from one place to the next. Accidents paralyze long stretches of freeway, rush hour congestion slows traffic to a crawl, and crowded intersections can become an obstacle course for pedestrians. Traffic engineers understand how highly functional roads and highways ease such frustrations. It’s their job to properly design and manage our traffic systems, to act as the caretakers of our cities’ economic and social health.

The Advanced Certificate in Traffic Engineering program trains our students to become those caretakers. As one of the world’s busiest and most populous regions, the New York City metro area provides a natural testing ground for the study of traffic systems. Our curriculum focuses on urban freeway and intercity networks, the management of arterial and street space, and the design and control of intersections. It also introduces you to the concepts and applications of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and its increasing importance in the field of traffic engineering.

Whether you’re a working professional or a student seeking a highly focused, part-time course of study, our certificate provides specialized knowledge that you can apply immediately in the field. You’ll also have the foundation to pursue further studies in the future: each of our courses can be transferred to an advanced degree program.


Applicants may be students with bachelor’s degrees seeking to specialize in an aspect of transportation or those with advanced degrees wishing additional coursework in a highly focused area of the profession.

You may apply for transfer to degree programs without any loss of credits, assuming you are admitted to the degree program and that the courses are related to the degree.

Admission to this certificate program does not guarantee admission to a full degree program.

You must complete 12 credits of study to obtain an Advanced Certificate in Traffic Engineering at the School of Engineering.

Required Courses

3 Credits Fundamental Concepts in Transportation TR-GY6013
This course provides the contextual foundations to study urban transportation systems, using performance criteria reflecting the perspectives of system providers/owners, users and communities. The connection between transportation supply, travel demand, service volume and level of service is explored and quantified for various travel modes. The impacts of transportation system performance on travel behavior, communities and the environment is discussed. The role of technology and institutions is examined with case examples.
Prerequisite: Graduate status or permission of instructor.
3 Credits Transportation & Traffic Concepts, Characteristics & Studies TR-GY6333
The course covers basic concepts in transportation and traffic engineering, including: volume, demand, and capacity; traffic stream parameters and their meaning; transportation modes and modal characteristics. The impact of traveler and vehicle characteristics on traffic flow and on other modes is presented and discussed. The importance of data collection is emphasized with sample studies, such as volume, speed and travel time, and safety. Capacity and level of service analysis for uninterrupted flow facilities, including freeways, multilane highways and two-lane highways is demonstrated using methodologies of the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor
3 Credits Traffic Operations & Control TR-GY6343
The course would focus heavily on signalization, with an introduction to simulation and signal timing tools. The course would cover warrants, timing pretimed signals, understanding actuated controllers and their settings, as well as detector types placement.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or department consent

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3 Credits Design of Parking & Terminal Facilities TR-GY7323
This course covers design techniques and approaches to a variety of pedestrian and vehicular needs in conjunction with access to land functions. Parking serves as the primary access interface to many land facilities, from shopping centers and sports facilities, to medium- and high-density residential developments. The
planning and design of parking facilities, and the planning of access and egress from these facilities, is critical to the economic success of a development. Terminals are inter-modal interface facilities involving the transfer of people
and/or goods from one mode of transportation to another. This course covers essential elements of terminal planning and design, including transit stations and terminals, major goods terminals at ports and railheads and others. The design of pedestrian space and ways within terminal structures is also treated
Prerequisite: Graduate status or permission of instructor.
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3 Credits Multimodal Transportation Safety TR-GY7033
Technology, legislation and market forces have contributed to improved transportation safety for decades. But one must consider which metrics are most relevant for which modes, the role of demographics and traffic levels and other factors when analyzing and predicting safety trends. The course pays attention to a systems view, to metrics by mode and to both standard field and statistical analyses. Consistent with current priorities, the course addresses security as well as safety issues.
Prerequisite: Graduate status or permission of instructor.
3 Credits Intelligent Transportation Systems and Their Applications TR-GY6223
This course introduces the concepts and applications of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and its growing role in the management of transportation systems. The course stresses the role of ITS as national policy, as specified in major transportation funding legislation ? ISTEA, TEA21 and SAFETY-LU. A systems engineering approach to overall development of ITS technologies is stressed. Major components of ITS are discussed, and examples of their application treated. Coordination and integration of ITS components are treated.
Prerequisite: Graduate status or permission of instructor.