After the Recommendations: What to Do When an Issue Needs Fixing Now

Guest post by Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE, Vice President of Spack Consulting You could break down every traffic study into a very generic process: Data Collection – which could include traffic counts or other things like gathering previous study documents Analysis – use the data to identify issues and often evaluate different scenarios Recommendations – […]

Complete Streets Report: Safer Streets, Stronger Economies

Guest post by Jonah Finkelstein, EIT Spack Consulting As discussed in last month’s Complete Streets article, The National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, is a leading organization at the forefront of the complete street discussion. While navigating their Complete Streets: A to Z page, I fell upon a report they published […]

Mitigation Management Using Vistro

Video Shows How Vistro is Used for Mitigation Management

Throughout the year, we have shared our insights on PTV’s Vistro modeling software. While we use a variety of modeling tools for our traffic study projects, we have found that Vistro meets most of our project needs and it’s our ‘go to’ modeling software. Recently a client contacted us regarding how we use the Vistro […]

5 Tips for Successful Field Work Organization

A Primer on Traffic Data Collection

Guest Post by Max Moreland, PE, Director of Operations at Traffic Data Inc. It’s counting season here at Traffic Data Inc. Every year just before school gets out we get a rush from different cities, counties and other engineering firms needing traffic data before patterns change for the summer. Looking at our field work board […]

10 Roundabouts to Spark Artistic Creativity

I’m an engineer not an artist, but I do like the center islands of roundabouts to look good (at least not be ugly).  Art within roundabouts can be used as place makers and I don’t think they’re problematic for traffic.  Vehicles are supposed to be driving slowly in the roundabout anyway. To get your creative […]

Checklist: Crosswalk Safety Improvements

Guest Post by Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE, Vice President at Spack Consulting. At its root, the safety concerns at the crosswalks are the result of conflicts between two types of transportation – walking and driving. These two transportation options operate at different speeds with different characteristics. Controlling the conflict points between these two can be accommodated […]

Introducing Streetmix.net

The Free, Easy to Use Cross-Section Generator

StreetMix.net is an intuitive, free, simple app for preparing cross-sections of existing streets or potential streets (note – I have no affiliation with StreetMix). Below is the cross section for West 36th Street where our office is located.  Including figuring out how the app works, it took me less than five minutes to prepare the […]

Unusual Things Captured on Traffic Video

Guest Post by Max Moreland, PE, Director of Operations at Traffic Data Inc. Over the years, we have captured and viewed thousands of days of intersection video for data collection.  Typically, these intersection videos are pretty uneventful; just people passing through an intersection in one form or another. Every once in a while, however, our […]

Webinar Review: The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2015

Guest post by Jonah Finkelstein, EIT Spack Consulting Complete Street Policies are being discussed at almost every level of local agencies for big and small cities alike. The National Complete Streets Coalition, is a program of Smart Growth America, a national organization at the forefront of complete street discussions and helping communities implement best practices […]