TCD Student Challenge
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Traffic Control Devices (ACP55) and the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) have joined together to sponsor and conduct the exciting design competition, the Traffic Control Device (TCD) Student Challenge, to promote innovation and stimulate ideas in the traffic control devices area with a goal to improve operations and safety.
The TCD Student Challenge is open to individual or teams of high school, junior college, student college or university (graduate or undergraduate) students with an interest in transportation and an understanding of traffic control devices. Students in relevant fields such as transportation-, human factors-, and technology- related curricula are particularly encouraged to participate.
The TCD Student Challenge submittals will help to encourage innovation and creative thought in the transportation community. Contest participants will receive the opportunity to vet their designs in a public forum. Three winning teams will receive recognition at national transportation forums.
The theme for the 2022 TCD Student Challenge is: Innovative Traffic Control Device Strategies for Speed Management on Limited Access Freeways. In 2018, there were 33,919 traffic fatalities and 25% involved at least one driver that was speeding. Speed management includes strategies used to reduce speed-related fatalities and injuries, as well as improve the safety for all road users, including motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. While various speed management strategies exist, the statistics show there is still work to be done in this area. The objective for the 2022 TCD Student Challenge is to devise an innovative traffic control device for speed management on limited access freeways.
Download the full guidelines and application. The 2022 submission deadline is Oct. 1, 2021.
Three finalists were selected during the TRB Annual Meeting early January in Washington, D.C. and will travel to ATSSA's 50th Annual Convention & Traffic Expo, held Jan. 24-28 in New Orleans, to present their concepts during a Traffic Talk.
Title: "'Connected' Temporary Traffic Control Devices"
Student: Travis Larson
School: Oregon State University
Title: "Active Connected Work Zone Variable Speed Limit Warning System"
Student: Nusayba Megat-Johari
School: Michigan State University
Title: "Crash Preventive Cell Phone Holder"
Student: Ellie Lee
School: University of Minnesota
Read more in the ATSSA blog article
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