Counting Cars from the Sky: The Future of Traffic Monitoring

New Systems Use Aerial Views to Monitor Traffic

I’m a fan of Radio Lab’s podcast. Back in June they had a very interesting podcast called Eye in the Sky that talked about how Persistent Surveillance Systems uses planes to collect video over a city and then uses the video recordings to track criminals as they drive away from the scene of a reported […]

How to Collect Accurate Occupancy Data on High Speed, Multi-Lane Freeways

Using the Carousel Method to Collect Average Vehicle Occupancy Data

About ten years ago, we sat on the side of Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis after the Light Rail Transit line was opened adjacent to it in Minneapolis, and counted the number of people in each car as they passed by as well as the number of bicyclists/pedestrians on the adjacent. Metro Transit had data on […]

To Raise or Not To Raise: A Speed Limit Case Study

A Case Study in Changing Speed Limits on Minnesota’s Two-Lane Highways

Guest Post by Max Moreland, PE, Traffic Data Inc. /Spack Consulting Let’s say that the Minnesota legislature wants to raise the speed on two lane highways in the great State of Minnesota from 55 mph to 60 mph.  Is that a good idea or a bad idea?  That is what we at Traffic Data Inc. […]

Traffic On A Stick – Creating a Better Transit Experience at the Minnesota State Fair

Key Learnings on Creating a Transit Center at the Minnesota State Fair

Guest Post by Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE, Vice-President at Spack Consulting The Minnesota State Fair starts on August 27, 2015, representing the end of summer in Minnesota. As some of you might know, there are 60+ foods on-a-stick available throughout the fairgrounds (even olives on a stick), 35 miles of hot dogs are sold, 26,000 […]

All Trips Are Equal, But Some Trips Are More Equal Than Others

Using Local Trip Generation Data in Traffic Analysis

Guest Post by Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE, Vice-President at Spack Consulting Earlier this year, I detailed how our standard process for a Traffic Impact Study has several points of assumptions at best or guesses at worst. This post continues that discussion.  Check out the “Top 6 Ways to Pick Apart a Traffic Study” for more […]

What to Do if You are in an Auto Accident

Guest Post by Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE, Vice-President at Spack Consulting I’ve become a Statistic!! On a recent Monday evening drive home, I was rear-ended on the freeway (besides having my bell rung, I appear to be in good shape – thanks for asking).  So for the first time in my life and driving career, […]

Best Traffic Videos from Around the World

A List of our Top 3 Favorite Crazy Traffic Videos

We’ve all complained about traffic. Congested freeways and road construction can be maddening. But truthfully, most of the traffic we experience everyday is nothing like the crazy traffic found in countries where signals don’t always exist and pedestrians take their lives into their own hands when crossing the street. Today we are sharing three of our […]

How to Get the Most Out of Congested Freeways

Active Traffic Management System Strategies to Improve Traffic Flow

Randy McCourt from DKS Associates gave an interesting talk about Active Traffic Management Systems (Jargon Alert:  ATMS) at the 2015 ITE Western District annual meeting. Basically, ATMS is using technology to provide information and better meter traffic along congested corridors to eek out better traffic operations.  You can read Randy’s paper here. Key statistics related […]

Should We Preempt Traffic Signals in Bad Weather?

Jon Freeman posted the following (interesting) idea on the ITE Community Forum that got a lot of traction:  Should we preempt a traffic signal for a pedestrian in bad weather to get them the walk indication sooner than if the signal ran through its normal cycle? Our industry currently preempts traffic signals for emergency vehicles as […]

New Traffic Signal & Stop Sign Warrants Spreadsheet

Available now at Spack Academy for only $99

When Bryant Ficek came to work for Spack Consulting last year he brought a basic, easy to use traffic warrants spreadsheet for quickly doing traffic signal and all-way stop sign warrants per the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.  Up until then, we’ve used and even sold the nice $695 PC-Warrants software package. A client […]