Michael Fontaine

Michael Fontaine
Michael Fontaine
Associate Principal Research Scientist, VTRC; Lecturer, CEE

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

PO Box 400742

Charlottesville, VA
22904-4742

351 McCormick Road
Rm. B228

Phone (434) 293-1980
mdf3s@virginia.edu

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Virginia
M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Virginia
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Virginia

Registration
Registered Professional Engineer, Virginia

Memberships
TRB Task Force for Traffic Monitoring Conferences (ABJ25T), Member (2012-Present)
ASCE Transportation & Development Institute Advanced Technology Committee, Member (2006-Present)
Texas Transportation Institute Urban Transportation Performance Measures Study Committee, Panel Member (2005-Present)
TRB Committee ABJ30 (Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems), member (2007 – present)
TRB Committee ABJ35 (Highway Traffic Monitoring), member (2013 – present)
TRB Committee AHB55 (Work Zone Traffic Control), member (2011 – present)
NCHRP Project 03-107, Guidance on Work Zone Capacity Estimation and Simulation, Panel Member (2011 – present)

Awards

Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research Tilton E. Shelburne Award for National Leadership, 2010
Transportation Research Board Committee AHB55 (Work Zone Traffic Control) Best Paper Award for “Guidelines for Using Late Merge Traffic Control: Results of a Simulation-Based Study,” 2005
Eno Transportation Fellow, 2005
Jack H. Dillard Award for paper “Development of Left Turn Lane Guidelines for Signalized and Unsignalized Intersections,” VTRC, 2004
Transportation Research Board Committee AHB55 (Work Zone Traffic Control) Best Paper Award for “Guidelines for the Application of Portable Work Zone Intelligent Transportation Systems,” 2003
Horizon Award for Outstanding Productivity and Achievement, VTRC, 2003
Dan Fambro Award for paper “Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Changeable Message Signs with Radar in Slowing Speeding Vehicles in Work Zones,” Institute of Transportation Engineers, 1997

Research Interests

  • Traffic operations
  • Traffic engineering
  • Highway safety analysis
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Traffic monitoring systems
  • Work zone traffic control and safety

Research and Publications

99-R15 – Guidelines for preliminary selection of the optimum interchange type for a specific location

14-R6 – Considerations for the Development of Work Zone Mobility Performance Measures and Thresholds for Virginia Freeways
13-R1 – Planning for Active Traffic Management in Virginia: International Best Practices and Implementation Strategies
11-R4 – A Planning-Level Methodology for Identifying High-Crash Sections of Virginia’s Primary System
10-R20 – Work Zone Variable Speed Limit Systems: Effectiveness and System Design Issues
10-R12 – Evaluation of Truck Lane Restrictions in Virginia: Phase II
09-R24 – Synthesis of Benefits and Costs of Alternative Lane Marking Strategies
07-CR12 – Probe Sampling Strategies for Traffic Monitoring Systems Based on Wireless Location Technology
07-CR11 – Evaluation of Truck Lane Restrictions in Virginia
06-R30 – Development and Evaluation of Virginia’s Highway Safety Corridor Program
05-R6 – Evaluation of the late merge work zone traffic control strategy
05-R17 – Improving the effectiveness of traffic monitoring based on wireless location technology
04-R11 – Development of left-turn lane guidelines for signalized and unsignalized intersections
03-TAR9 – Survey of statewide multimodal transportation planning practices
03-TAR13 – Engineering and technology measures to improve large truck safety :state of the practice in Virginia
03-TAR12 – Highway safety corridors :national experiences and a possible framework for Virginia

Recent Publications

  1. Hu, J., Fontaine, M.D., Ma, J. Data Quality of Private Sector Travel Time Data on Arterials. Submitted to the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering (Accepted for publication, publication pending).
  2. Hu, J., Fontaine, M.D., Park, B., Ma, J. Field Evaluations of an Adaptive Traffic Signal Control System Using Private Sector Probe Data. Submitted to the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering (Accepted for publication, publication pending).
  3. Ma, J., Smith, B.L., and Fontaine, M.D. Comparison of In-Vehicle Auditory Public Traffic Information with Roadside Dynamic Message Signs. Submitted to the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems (accepted for publication, publication pending).
  4. Clark, J.B., and Fontaine, M.D. Exploration of Work Zone Crash Causes and Implications for Safety Performance Measurement Programs. In Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2485, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, Washington, D.C., 2015.
  5. Eisele, W.L, Schrank, D.L., and Fontaine, M.D. Preparing for MAP-21 System Performance Measures and Target-Setting Requirements: Lessons Learned in Virginia. Submitted to Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (accepted for publication, publication pending).
  6. Zeng, H., Park, H., Fontaine, M.D., Smith, B.L., and McGhee, K.K. Identifying Deficient Pavement Sections Using an Improved Acceleration-Based Metric. Submitted to Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (accepted for publication, publication pending).
  7. Asare, S. Fontaine, M.D., Murray-Tuite, P., El-Metwally, M. Transportation Impacts of the 2013 Federal Government Shutdown in Northern Virginia. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, 141, Number 7, 2015.
  8. Zeng, H., Fontaine, M.D., and Smith, B.L. Estimation of the Safety Effect of Pavement Condition on Rural Two-Lane Highways. In Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2435, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, Washington, D.C., 2014.
  9. Xia, Y., Hu, J., and Fontaine, M.D. A CyberITS Framework for Massive Traffic Data Analysis Using Cyberinfrastructure. The Scientific World Journal, Vol 2013 (2013).
  10. Miller, J.S. and Fontaine, M.D. A Sketch Level Approach to Incorporate Active Traffic Management into the Regional Planning Process. In Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2397, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, Washington, D.C., 2013.
  11. Lambert, J.H., I. Parlak, Q. Zhou, J.S. Miller, M.D. Fontaine, T.M. Guterbock, J.L Clements, S.A. Thekdi. Understanding and Managing Disaster Evacuation on a Transportation Network. Accident Analysis and Prevention, Volume 50 (2013), pp. 645-658.
  12. Edwards, M.B. and M.D. Fontaine. Investigation of Work Zone Travel Time Reliability Using Private Sector Data. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board no. 2272, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, Washington, D.C., 2012.
  13. Fontaine, M.D. and B.K. Diefenderfer. Factors Affecting Snowplowable Raised Pavement Marker Failures in Virginia. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board no. 2258, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, Washington, D.C., 2011. Designated as a “Practice Ready Paper” by TRB.

Conference Proceedings

  1. McCann, K. and Fontaine, M.D. Assessing Driver Speed Choice in Fog Using Visibility Data from Road Weather Information Systems. In Transportation Research Board 95th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers, Washington D.C., January 2016. (Accepted for presentation, TRR publication decision pending).
  2. Chun, P. and Fontaine, M.D. Feasibility of Using Segment Speed Deceleration Events as Safety Surrogate Measures at a Series of Freeway Interchanges. In Transportation Research Board 95th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers, Washington D.C., January 2016.
  3. McCann, K. and Fontaine, M.D. Examination of the Safety Impacts of Varying Fog Densities: A Case Study of I-77 in Virginia. In Transportation Research Board 95th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers, Washington D.C., January 2016.
  4. Hu, J., Fontaine, M.D., and Ma, J. Validation of Private Sector Data on Arterials. ITS World Congress Proceedings, Bordeaux, France, October 5-9, 2015.
  5. McCann, K., and Fontaine, M.D. Assessing Driver Behavior in Fog Using RWIS Visibility Data.   ITSAmerica Annual Meeting Proceedings, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2015.
  6. Ma, J., Fontaine, M.D., Zhou, F., Hale, D.K., and Clements, M.O. Estimation of the Safety Effects of an Adaptive Traffic Signal Control System. In Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers, Washington D.C., January 2015.
  7. Ma, J., Smith, B.L., Fontaine, M.D., Zhou, F. Examining the Effectiveness of In-Vehicle Auditory Public Traffic Information Compared with Roadside Dynamic Message Signs. In Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers, Washington D.C., January 2015.
  8. Hu, J. and Fontaine, M.D. Field Evaluations of an Adaptive Traffic Signal Control System Using Private Sector Probe Data. In ITS World Congress Compendium of Papers, Detroit, MI, September 2014.
  9. Asare, S., and Fontaine, M.D. Impact of Freeway Grade on Private Sector Travel Time Data Bias. In Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers, Washington D.C., January 2014.
  10. Fontaine, M.D., Chun, P., and Cottrell B.H., Jr. Using Private Sector Travel Time Data for Project-Level Work Zone Mobility Performance Measurement. In Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers, Washington D.C., January 2014.

National Presentations

  1. VDOT Adaptive Traffic Signal Pilot Test – Results and Lessons Learned. Mount Pleasant, SC, August 12, 2015.
  2. Using Arterial Probe Data: Virginia DOT Case Studies on Traveler Information and Corridor Before/After Studies. North American Traffic Monitoring Exhibition and Conference, Chicago, IL, June 29, 2014.
  3. Development of Work Zone Performance Measures in Virginia. FHWA Work Zone Performance Management Peer Exchange Workshop, Denver, CO, May 13, 2014.
  4. Operational Effectiveness of Adaptive Traffic Signal Control: the Virginia DOT Pilot Program Experience. 2014 Institute of Transportation Engineers Technical Conference and Exhibit. Miami, FL, March 11, 2014.

Affiliated Projects

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