Mini Roundabout Benefits

By Vern Swing, PE The entire team at Spack Consulting are proponents of roudabouts, and we have written extensively on the topic. But as roundabouts take hold in the US, more design ideas are coming forward on their application to improve traffic flow and improved pedestrian safety. This includes the use of mini roundabouts, which […]

Pedestrian Bridges: Safety vs. Convenience

By Max Moreland, PE, Director of Operations at Traffic Data Inc. Large roads are great for moving vehicles through an area.  However, if you are a pedestrian, getting across a wide, busy, high speed road can be daunting.  No one wants to play Frogger in real time with real consequences.  Except for maybe George Costanza. […]

5 Tips to Prepare Traffic Study Proposals Like a Pro

Best Practices for Creating Traffic Study Proposals

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE  Recently I received an email from a Mike on Traffic reader who owns a traffic engineering firm. He shared his company’s practices on how they price traffic study proposals. We had a good discussion around what to include in proposals and how we price traffic study proposals at Spack Consulting. […]

Building Flexible Intersections

By Jonah Finkelstein, EIT, Spack Consulting Minnesota’s Transportation Conference took place March 1st through 2nd 2017 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. The event included more than 30 breakout sessions discussing all things transportation. During this event, I attended an interesting presentation by Derek Arens and Chris Chromy from Bolton & Menk, Inc. The presentation focused […]

Vistro 5 Update – Making Bicycle and Pedestrian Analysis Easy

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE, President of Spack Enterprise, Founder of MikeOn Traffic I recently sat in on a PTV webinar to learn about the key updates in Vistro 5.  Here are the big ones related to implementing the 6th Edition of the Highway Capacity Manual: Added pedestrian delay calculations and level of service (jargon […]

Cultivating a Non-Automobile Focus in Transportation

Guest Post by Max Moreland, PE, Director of Operations at Traffic Data Inc. At the recent 2017 Minnesota’s Transportation Conference (MTC), the Toole Design Group presented “Equity in Transportation: Meeting the Multimodal Needs of People of All Ages and Abilities.” This was part of a session focused on complete streets. The complete streets concept is the […]