Florida Department of Transportation Level of Service Traini
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. EDT
Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
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The course is intended to provide planners, engineers and transportation advocates with an understanding of roadway quality/level of service analysis. Through training participants familiarize themselves with state of the art, multimodal tools used in planning and preliminary engineering. Learning Objectives: • Attendees learn to access mobility through studying definitions for quantity, quality, accessibility, and utilization. These themes are further discussed in understanding quality/level of service and highway (multimodal) capacity. • Attendees are taught how to properly use the Generalized Service Volume Tables. The tables are reliant on key roadway variables and traffic variables. Participants are taught how to differentiate between various area types and facility types. There are several hands on exercises that challenge attendees to determine the LOS for multiple facilities. Beyond automobile LOS, there are multiple exercises that require participants to determine LOS for transit, bicycle, and pedestrian modes of travel. • Key Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) structural components are taught, including facility segmentation. The HCM concepts are presented in the Q/LOS Handbook, with emphasis being on hourly adjustment factor, peak hour factor, and directional factor. Signalized intersections are discussed with specific guidance provided on cycle lengths, G/C ratios, signal type, and arrival type. • The bicycle, transit, and pedestrian LOS models are thoroughly discussed. The dominant input factors for each mode are identified i.e. paved shoulders, bus headways, and sidewalks. Participants are taught how the auto mode (traffic speed and volume) affects the other modes. • All attendees participate in hands on exercises using the LOSPLAN software. The training sessions include highway LOS analysis using HIGHPLAN, freeway LOS analysis using FREEPLAN, and arterial analysis using ARTPLAN. Additionally ARTPLAN is used to calculate LOS for bike, pedestrian, and transit modes. Attendees are given real life roadway and traffic characteristics and tasked to calculate LOS. • Workshop participants are taught how to collect data and apply LOS Standards. These standards are then related to project development and transportation impacts.