Traffic Signal Benchmarking

State of the Practice

Benchmarking allows transportation organizations to compare their existing performance against other similar organizations and adopt improvements that fit their culture and overall approach to improvement.  The benchmarking component is quantitative, gathering data about the physical infrastructure of signalized intersections and the supporting program to characterize current capability, value and the extent of the built infrastructure. This allows organizations to identify potential programmatic gaps that are related directly to an organizations ability to attain its most relevant goals rather than to benchmark agencies with different sizes and complexity against one another.

Benchmarking as a comparison with other peer agencies is distinct from a Traffic Signal Program Audit which is performed to verify that people in an organization are doing what they planned to do in accordance with an established management system, although in some cases nationally-accepted state-of-the-practice may be incorporated.