Our Traffic Analysis Software Improved our Efficiency by 10%

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE A Traffic Impact Study (TIS) is a key product of traffic engineering, evaluating the impact of expected development traffic on the transportation network. For traffic engineers at both public agencies and private companies, there is always an underlying pressure to deliver a quality TIS faster while reducing the overall cost. […]

Traffic Impact Study Process – Part 1: Assumptions to Reviewers

Mike Spack and Bryant Ficek have literally written a book about Traffic Impact Studies and the process from authorization to final study. We present the information we wish we had when starting our careers and hopefully have tips and refreshers that even experienced traffic engineers will find useful. This series presents the basic steps of […]

A Great Month for Minnesota Transportation and MnDOT

As our readers know, we strive to provide for all modes of traffic in our studies. We also believe we do a great job of staying informed on the latest technologies and innovations that can improve how we do business. Along those lines, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) made four announcements in October that […]

A Closer Look: Local Area Transportation Review (LATR) for Montgomery County Maryland

In June, we presented a webinar about Travel Demand Management Plans (TDMPs) and our approach to these types of studies (view it and others here). A listener reached out to us afterward with a new plan from Montgomery County in Maryland. Their recently updated Local Area Transportation Review (LATR) Guidelines are intended for the preparation […]

Designing for All Modes of Travel

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE I attended a North Central Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers section meeting in 2009.  It was a panel discussion on “Complete Streets.”  The general idea is to balance service to private vehicles, transit users, bicycles, and pedestrians through the design of our transportation systems. Traditionally, vehicles have been […]

The Evolution of Free Trip Generation Data

Cars on Street

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE I’ve seen a need for improving Trip Generation (a dataset of how much traffic enter/enters different land use types based on different variables with the largest United States-based dataset being the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Trip Generation Manual).  Trip generation is at the heart of traffic forecasting and traffic impact […]

Traffic Corner Tuesday – Sharing Traffic Engineering Knowledge One Webinar at a Time

Traffic Corner Tuesday Webinar

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Starting MikeOnTraffic in 2007 seemed very cutting edge at the time, but blogs became commonplace, and there have been several online innovations since then.  Our mission at Spack Enterprises is to “Improve Transportation Globally”, so we routinely think about how we can reach more people or share our knowledge more […]

CountingCars.com – A Look at Traffic Data Collection Innovation

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Recently, I wrote about MikeOnTraffic celebrating its 10th anniversary. The success of MikeOnTraffic has helped me work toward’s my personal goal of sharing my knowledge to help improve transportation globally. The blog has also helped me spread the word about how to cost-effectively collect traffic data so transportation professionals can […]