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Introduction to Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measures (ATSPM) and Application Examples

PROGRAM AREA: Design and Traffic Operations
Web-based Training (WBT)Web-based Training (WBT)
Calendar Year
2.5 Hours
0.3 Units
$0 Per Participant

TRAINING LEVEL: Intermediate

NOTES:Prerequisite--NHI-133122: Traffic Signal Timing Concepts or equivalent knowledge/experience is required.


ATSPMs are defined as a suite of performance measures, data collection, and data analysis tools to support objectives and performance-based approaches to traffic signal operations, maintenance, management, and design. In this course, participants review the fundamental concepts of ATSPM including the ATSPM data application hierarchy, the transition from traditional to objectives-based signal maintenance and operations processes, how signal performance measures are generated, common performance measures and how they link to objectives, and ATSPM hardware and software configurations and how those setups impact the types of ATSPMs a system can support. Participants also explore real-world applications of ATSPM to learn about the benefits their peers have realized through the implementation and application of ATSPMs.

This course provides participants with a detailed explanation of ATSPMs and explores ways they can be integrated into agency practices to achieve an objective-driven, performance-oriented process for maintaining and operating traffic signals.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how ATSPMs can improve an agency's traffic signals operations and maintenance practices for all users;
  • Describe the relationship between high-resolution data, enumerations, and signal performance measures;
  • Explain how key performance measures can be used for evaluating the maintenance and operations of traffic signals to meet agency objectives;
  • Describe the core components of an ATSPM system; and
  • Compare traditional and objectives-based signal operations and maintenance processes.


The target audience is signal engineers and operators who work with or for agencies that have implemented ATSPM technology and are working to integrate performance-based management into their day-to-day signal operations and maintenance. The secondary audience includes signal engineers, operators, and decision makers who are considering implementing ATSPM technology.

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at or 877.558.6873.

The National Highway Institute (NHI) has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, NHI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, NHI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.


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