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Traffic Engineering

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Institute of Traffic Engineers (ITE) defines traffic engineering as a subset of transportation engineering. The definition given is as follows: "Traffic Engineering is that phase of transportation engineering which deals with the planning, geometric design and traffic operations of roads, streets, and highways, their networks, terminals, abutting lands, and relation with other mode of transportation". The objective of traffic engineering is to provide for the safe, rapid, comfortable efficient, convenient, and environmentally compatible movement of people, goods, and services. The revolution is the automobile industry and liberalized economy has led to tremendous increase in the vehicle ownership levels. With the development of urbanization and motorization, the imbalanced contradiction of urban traffic between supply and demand becomes increasingly sharp. Traffic congestion has become a serious "Urban Illness", and it results in problems such as travel time delay, increase of traffic accidents, rise of fuel depletion, survival environmental degradation and so on. It severely affects the city's normal function and it's sustainable development.
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The Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee (HCQSC) will be preparing a major update to the 2010 HCM targeted for 2015. The primary contractor for this update is Kittelson and Associates, led by John Zegeer, a former chair of the HCQSC. It does so even though the 2010 HCM (which was only distributed in early 2011) has not been subject to extensive use, and little user feedback on it has been received. In some parts of the nation, it has not been officially adopted yet.
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