"Everything in life
is somewhere else, and you get there in a car."
E.B. White, "Fro-Joy," One Man's Meat (1944).
Transportation has become
more and more complex as our society has grown. The need to monitor
and control transportation and transportation systems will also
grow as the density of populations increases.
Your task is to investigate
the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) topic of Ramp Metering
and its impact on travel. You will also explore occupations in Intelligent
is Ramp Metering?
is defined as the process of facilitating traffic flow on freeways
by regulating the amount of traffic entering the freeway, through
the use of control devices (such as traffic signals) on entrance
ramps. Traffic signals are commonly linked to metering devices,
allowing cars to enter the freeway at a predetermined rate.
Recently, the State of
Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT)
concluded an experiment with ramp meters. The goal of the study
was to investigate the effectiveness of the ramp metering system
throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Using some of the data
from the Mn/DOT study and information provided by the resource sites
included here, you will gain a basic understanding of the uses of
To continue the Research
Module, move on to Step 2
the Research Question.