Autonomous Vehicles Mix May Eliminate Phantom Traffic Jams

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Exciting new research sponsored by the National Science Foundation and conducted by Rutgers-Camden, Temple, Arizona, and Illinois Universities shows that a few autonomous vehicles in the traffic stream could eliminate pesky phantom traffic jams. According to Daniel Work, assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who was a […]

Top Ten Traffic Issue Mistakes Developers Make

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE There are literally hundreds of decisions that need to be made when dealing with any development project. Sometimes, a few details get missed. Over the years, Spack Consulting has worked with numerous developers on projects large and small. Following are the top traffic issue mistakes that are commonly made during […]

Case Study: Expert Witness for Eminent Domain

By Vern Swing, PE In Minnesota, transportation improvement projects frequently require acquisition of right of way.  The process used is referred to as eminent domain, and in general the government takes the property and is required to compensate the property owner a fair market value.  The source of conflict of course is what is a […]

Meet Us at the Joint ITE / CITE 2017 Annual Meeting and Exhibit

Join the CountingCars team at the Joint ITE/Canadian ITE (CITE) 2017 Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Toronto, Canada. From July 30th to August 2nd we’ll be sharing our thoughts on the future of transportation and showcasing a variety of our new progressive tools and products, including our recently released wayCOUNT road tube counting system . […]

Residential Electronic Gate Service Rates

Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE Regular readers know we believe in Improving Transportation Globally and, equally important, we believe in sharing our information to help others achieve the same goal. This process leads us to complete various research projects and share the results. A notable one is our work on determining current trip generation for tradition […]

Summer Reading Favorites from the MikeOnTraffic Staff

Mike On Traffic's Summer Reading List

It’s summer time – time to soak up the great outdoor, enjoy time with family and friends and read some great books. Today, our staff shares their favorite reads for the summer, it’s an eclectic mix of books on business and industry and some just for fun, with one shameless plug for one of our own […]

Calculating the 85th Percentile Speed

By Jonah Finkelstein, EIT We recently completed a Traffic Corner Tuesday where we discussed the importance of the 85th percentile speed and what it is used for in the world of traffic engineering. Once the webinar was finished we received multiple messages about how people enjoyed the information on the importance of the 85th percentile […]

Roundabouts and Event Traffic

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE Through our Traffic Corner Tuesday (TCT) webinars, we’ve been able to have great conversations on various topics from the new Highway Capacity Manual to crash analysis to pedestrian crossings. It’s been a great way to connect with professionals around the world. One of TCT topics covered roundabouts and the basics […]

How to Define the “Casual Fast Food” Land Use Category

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE “The phrase “I know it when I see it” is a colloquial expression by which a speaker attempts to categorize an observable fact or event, although the category is subjective or lacks clearly defined parameters.” – Wikipedia The current version of the Institute of Transportation’s (ITE) Trip Generation Manual, 9th Edition, provides the following land […]