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WORK ORDER NUMBER BAT-03-004

Highway Performance Monitoring System
Traffic Data for High-Volume Routes: Best Practices and Guidelines

Final Report

Prepared by:

Office of Highway Policy Information
Federal Highway Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation
Washington, D.C.

Principal Authors

Dr. Edward Fekpe, PEng.
Mr. Deepak Gopalakrishna
Dr. Dan Middleton (TTI)

September 8, 2004

Disclaimer

This report is a work prepared for the United States Government by Battelle. In no event shall either the United States Government or Battelle have any responsibility or liability for any consequences of any use, misuse, inability to use, or reliance on the information contained herein, nor does either warrant or otherwise represent in any way the accuracy, adequacy, efficacy, or applicability of the contents hereof. The United States Government does not endorse products or manufacturers. Trade or manufacturers' names appear herein only because they are considered essential to the purpose of the document.

Acknowledgments

The authors gratefully acknowledge the support and guidance of Mr. Fred Orloski of the Office of Highway Policy Information, Federal Highway Administration throughout this project. The authors would also like to thank Mr. Harshad Desai and Mr. Jeff Patten of the Office of Highway Policy Information, Federal Highway Administration for their review comments on the draft report.

The authors also acknowledge the participation and assistance of the following representatives of the state Departments of Transportation for participating and providing valuable inputs during the interviews.

Joe Avis California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
Brian Domsic California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
Harshad Desai** Florida Department of Transportation
Nabeel Akhtar Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
David Adams Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)
Rob Robinson Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)
Mike Baxter Maryland State Highway Administration (MDSHA)
Philip Hughes Massachusetts Highway Department (MHD)
Mike Walimaki Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)
Louis Whiteley New Jersey DOT (NJDOT)
Todd Westhuis New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)
David Gardner Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Tony Manch Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Jim Neidigh Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
Tom Schinkel Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
John Rosen Washington DOT (WsDOT)
** Now with FHWA

The project team members are:

Dr. Edward Fekpe, Principal Investigator, (Battelle)
Mr. Deepak Gopalakrishna (Battelle)
Dr. Dan Middleton (Texas Transportation Institute)
Mr. Shawn Turner (Texas Transportation Institute

Table of Contents

List of Acronyms

ADT Average Daily Traffic
AADT Average Annual Daily Traffic
AASHTO American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
ARTIMIS Advanced Regional Traffic Interactive Management and Information System
ATR Automatic Traffic Recorder
AVC Automatic Vehicle Classifier
CATS Chicago Area Transportation Study
Caltrans California Department of Transportation
DIA Detector Isolation Assembly
DOT Department of Transportation
DTS Digital Traffic Systems
EIS Electronic Integrated Systems
FDOT Florida Department of Transportation
FHWA Federal Highway Administration
GDOT Georgia Department of Transportation
HPMS Highway Performance Monitoring System
IDOT Indiana Department of Transportation
ILDOT Illinois Department of Transportation
ITS Intelligent Transportation Systems
MDOT Michigan Department of Transportation
MITS Michigan Intelligent Transportation Systems
MPO Metropolitan Planning Organization
NJDOT New Jersey Department of Transportation
NYSDOT New York State Department of Transportation
ODOT Ohio Department of Transportation
ORADS Off Road Axle Detection Sensors
PeMS Performance Measurement System
PennDOT Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
QC/QA Quality Control/Quality Assurance
RTMS Remote Traffic Microwave Sensor
RWIS Roadway Weather Information System
SHA State Highway Administration
TEA-21 Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century
TxDOT Texas Department of Transportation
TMCs Traffic Management Centers
TMG Traffic Monitoring Guide
TTI Texas Transportation Institute
VDOT Virginia Department of Transportation
VID Video Image Detection
VMI Vehicle Magnetic Imaging
VMT Vehicle Miles Traveled
WAN Wide Area Network
WIM Weigh-in-Motion
WSDOT Washington State DOT