Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Signal training

Traffic Signal Design

Schedule: Offered every other year
Next Class: June 3-5, 2014
Registration: Course announcement (Word, 38 KB)
Audience: State, county, city and consultant personnel involved with traffic signals.
Description: This three-day Traffic Signal Design course is designed to enable the participants to obtain an understanding of the fundamental concepts and MnDOT standard practices related to the design of traffic signal systems within the State of Minnesota. This class will also provide design training for the flashing yellow left turn arrow.

Signals 101

Schedule: Offered once every year
Last Offered: Jan. 28, 2014
Registration: Course announcement (PDF, 56 KB)
Audience: Anyone interested in traffic signals including state, county, city and consultant personnel involved in traffic signals.
Description: This is a one day introductory traffic signal course designed to enable entry-level traffic personnel to acquire a basic knowledge of a traffic signal. The course study will be broad and basic. After completion of the course, the student will have an understanding of how/why a signal is installed, what a signal agreement is and will have a basic understanding of signal plans, operations and component names. Each participant will receive a course manual.

Traffic signal management: A basic service approach Electrician installing cables in the traffic signal cabinet

NHI Course #133125 (Pilot)

Schedule: Pilot class – never offered before
Next Class: As needed
Last Offered: Nov. 5-6, 2013
Registration: Course announcement (Word, 1 MB)
Audience: State, county, city and consultant professionals and advanced technicians responsible for the planning, design, management or operation of traffic signal systems.
Description: By not having clearly stated operational objectives, agencies have difficulty describing what “good basic service” should be. This then leads to problems in appropriating staff and funds which then sometimes leads to the adoption and subsequent under-utilization of advanced technological capabilities; capabilities that would never have been adopted had the agency established the concept of good basic service first. This two-day Pilot course will describe and expand on the Basic Service Concept for use in developing an agency’s Traffic Signal Management Plan. Emphasis will be placed on an agency developing a simply stated goal and then developing objectives, strategies and tactics enabling them to accomplish their stated goal. Each element of the traffic signal management plan will be thoroughly covered, with the objective of creating guidelines for an agency to follow so good basic service can be provided.

Traffic signal timing and coordination

Schedule: Offered every other year
Last Offered: May 21-23, 2013
Registration: Course announcement (PDF, 46 KB)
Audience: State, county, city and consultant personnel involved with traffic signal operations.
Description: This three-day course is designed to enable the participants to obtain an understanding of fundamental concepts and MnDOT standard practices related to traffic signal timing and coordination of signalized intersections along an arterial network. Participants will learn how to develop and analyze traffic signal timing using Synchro software package. Participants will receive a comprehensive MnDOT Signal Optimization and Timing Manual which serves as a stand-alone signal operations reference.