Given the increasingly tight financial constraints imposed upon public agencies and the increasing problem of traffic congestion in many cities and metropolitan areas around the US, the need to do more with less has never been greater. The potential to extract traffic counts from existing signalized intersection loop detection system provides this opportunity to many state, regional and local transportation officials. The Traffic Engineering Council 103-02 Committee's Informational Report, Using Existing Loops at Signalized Intersections for Traffic Counts, is intended to provide practitioners with information to enable the collection of traffic data from traffic signal installations. The report describes cases around the US where cities and towns already are utilizing and have been successful in using existing loops at signalized intersections for traffic counts. In each case, the transportation agency viewed traffic signal systems as a source of valuable traffic data that could help them improve traffic operations.
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