Optimal Control and Assessment of Area-Wide Emergency-Vehicle Priority Systems

Project No: 105228

Target Completion Date: December 31, 2015 Safety, Operations, and Traffic Engineering

About the project:

class="ElementText" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">Emergency vehicles receive priority at traffic signals via emergency-vehicle preemption mechanisms. To guarantee emergency vehicles can pass through in a timely manner and without delay, the preemption mechanism must interrupt normal operation of traffic signals, one at a time, along the vehicle’s path, causing each intersection to fall out of coordination. 

This procedure can cause major increases in overall traffic delay. New GPS-based priority mechanisms are undergoing pilot studies at several U.S. locations. Such systems have advantages and disadvantages and need to be evaluated to determine the conditions under which a system should be used and the optimal configuration of the selected system. 

This project will investigate each system and provide tools and guidelines to provide right-of-way priority to emergency vehicles through signalized intersections while optimizing the overall system performance.

Project Team

Other Investigators

  • Monty Abbas

Last updated: July 5, 2023

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