Traffic Engineering

By Prof. Bhargab Maitra   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 2560
Traffic Congestion has become a serious ‘urban illness’ in the modern era of urbanization especially in emerging countries such as India. This results in an increase in travel time, rise in traffic accidents, rise in fuel depletion, excessive exhaust emissions, etc. which can retard the growth of any city and its sustainable development. This NPTEL course will help in capacity building amongst master students, policy makers, practitioners, etc. to understand traffic engineer’s role in all relevant dimensions, and develop strategies, programs and projects accordingly. The course will consist of following nine modules: Module-A: Traffic Components and Characteristics; Module-B: Traffic Stream Parameters and their Relationships; Module-C: Shockwave and Queuing; Module-D: Capacity and LOS; Module-E: Traffic Control at Intersections; Module-F: Car Following Models and Traffic Simulation; Module-G: Traffic Control and Management; Module-H: Parking Management / Traffic Safety; Module-I: Traffic Safety.

PRE-REQUISITE: Any B.E/BTech in Civil Engineering/ Transportation Engineering/ Construction Engineering or equivalent at U.G level.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: This is a core course in all IITs, NITs and universities offering M.E. / M.Tech in Transportation Engineering and therefore, recognized by companies/industries in relevant areas.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: M.E. / MTech. Students of Transportation  Engineering or equivalent specialization 
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Module-A: Traffic Components and Characteristics.
Week 2: Module-B: Traffic Stream Parameters and their Relationships.
Week 3: EIA Procedure - Scoping & Screening and Establishing Baseline Conditions
Week 3: Module-C: Shockwave and Queuing.
Week 4: Module-D: Capacity and LOS (U.S HCM-2016).
Week 5: Module-D: Capacity and LOS (INDO-HCM-2016).
Week 6: Module-E: Traffic Control at Intersections. 
Week 7: Module-E: Traffic Control at Intersections (Continued…).
Week 8: Module-E: Traffic Control at Intersections (Continued…).
Week 9: Module-F: Car Following Models and Traffic Simulation.
Week 10: Module-G: Traffic Control and Management.
Week 11: Module-H: Parking Management. 
Week 12: Module-I: Traffic Safety.

Books and references

1. Roess, Roger P., Elena S. Prassas, and William R. McShane. Traffic engineering. Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2019.
2. May, Adolf Darlington. Traffic flow fundamentals. 1990.
3. Garber N.J., and Hoel L.A., Traffic and Highway Engineering, 4th Edition, Cengage Learning, 2009
4. Kadiyali, L.R., Traffic Engineering and Transport Planning, Khanna Publishers, New Delhi, 2013.
5. Chakroborty, Partha, and Animesh Das. Principles of transportation engineering. PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd., 2017
6. Chandra, Satish, S. Gangopadhyay, S. Velmurugan, and Kayitha Ravinder. "Indian highway capacity manual (Indo-HCM)." (2017).
7. Gartner, Nathan H., Carrol Jl Messer, and Ajay Rathi. "Traffic flow theory-A state-of-the-art report: revised monograph on traffic flow 
theory." (2002).

Instructor bio

Prof. Bhargab Maitra

IIT Kharagpur
Bhargab Maitra is currently a Professor in Civil Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India. He completed his M. Tech from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay with specialization in Transportation Engineering. He is an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and DAAD Fellow. He also received Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Award from the Indian Roads Congress. He has published nearly 150 technical papers and case studies in various journals, proceedings of conferences, seminars and workshops on several topics such as traffic congestion, public transportation system, traffic and parking management, travel behavior, transport policy, etc. He has carried out several sponsored research and consultancy projects in the area of traffic and transportation system. His research interest includes travel behavior, public transportation system, traffic management, traffic control at intersection, traffic safety, etc.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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