Maximum Volumes for Roundabouts

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE Our various initiatives across Spack Enterprise have given us a wide customer base and contacts across the world. We often receive questions or comments from our clients or readers and are happy to provide a quick thought or comment. Here’s a recent one we received: “Is there a maximum traffic […]

Traffic Impact Study Process – Part 2: Preliminary Assessment

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Announcing the New wayCOUNT Tube Counting System that Connects Wirelessly to the Cloud

Wireless Connectivity to the Cloud

I’m excited to announce our partnership with Tomorrow Lab to create the 21st Century tube counting system.  Frankly, tube counters haven’t changed much since the 1970’s other than to get smaller and cheaper.  The wayCOUNT system changes that. The wayCOUNT road tube counter is a rugged, two-port tube counter.  Like standard tube counters, it provides […]

Median Acceleration Lanes a Mixed Bag

Guest Post by Max Moreland, PE, Director of Operations at Traffic Data Inc. Median Acceleration Lanes (MALs) are just what they sound like – an acceleration lane on the inside median. MALs are intended to allow left turning vehicles from the side streets, or U-turning vehicles on the mainline, to complete their turn without needing […]

Parking Case Study: Data Collection to Right Size Parking Lots

Savvy retail property owners are realizing many of their parking lots are too big and going unused.  One such property owner is Windamere, who hired our sister company Spack Consulting to assist them with determining how they could redevelop the Southdale Office Centre with additional buildings. In the past, we’d go through the laborious process […]

Local Data Proves Best Again – Trip Generation at Hotels

Guest Post by Max Moreland, PE, Director of Operations at Traffic Data Inc. A key initiative of Mike on Traffic and Spack Consulting is to actively share our traffic engineering data and knowledge with others in the transportation industry. Over the last several years we have shared our local trip generation data through TripGeneration.org and […]

The Age of Drones for Data Collection?

Guest Post by Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE, Vice President at Spack Consulting. Looking through last Sunday’s ads, drones had a prominent spot for at least one store. Several versions were available from under $200 to $2,000 or more. Most included video cameras to provide great photos and/or videos. Since we currently use ground-mounted video cameras, getting […]