Pros & Cons of Back-In Angle Parking

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE Back-in angle parking is a relatively new concept starting to be seen in more areas. The basic concept is similar to standard 45-degree parking. But instead of pulling forward into the space, drivers back into the angled stall. This is also referred to as reverse-angle or reverse diagonal parking. For […]

Announcing COUNTcam 2 – Next Generation Traffic Video Recording System

New COUNTcam 2 Video Recording System Connects Wirelessly to Your Mobile Device and Uses Swappable Battery Packs to Extend Recording Time.

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE After more than a year in design and manufacturing, I’m excited to announce the all new COUNTcam 2 (check out how the COUNTcam 2 was designed from our technology partners at Tomorrow Labs) We originally designed our COUNTcam video recording systems out of our own need to find a more […]

Insights on the 2017 ITE Annual Meeting

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE I just got back from attending the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Annual Meeting. The Spack Consulting team attending this year’s meeting will be sharing our thoughts on the event over the next couple of weeks, but here are some initial thoughts about what we saw: Toronto is a great host […]

Traffic Calming Resources

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE For a quick three-minute overview of traffic calming techniques, check out my post Techniques and Devices for Slowing Down Traffic (Traffic Calming Explained). The Institute of Transportation Engineers has the most complete website on traffic calming devices (click here) I know of including four types of measures (vertical deflections, closures, […]

Autonomous Vehicles Mix May Eliminate Phantom Traffic Jams

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Exciting new research sponsored by the National Science Foundation and conducted by Rutgers-Camden, Temple, Arizona, and Illinois Universities shows that a few autonomous vehicles in the traffic stream could eliminate pesky phantom traffic jams. According to Daniel Work, assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who was a […]

Top Ten Traffic Issue Mistakes Developers Make

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE There are literally hundreds of decisions that need to be made when dealing with any development project. Sometimes, a few details get missed. Over the years, Spack Consulting has worked with numerous developers on projects large and small. Following are the top traffic issue mistakes that are commonly made during […]

Case Study: Expert Witness for Eminent Domain

By Vern Swing, PE In Minnesota, transportation improvement projects frequently require acquisition of right of way.  The process used is referred to as eminent domain, and in general the government takes the property and is required to compensate the property owner a fair market value.  The source of conflict of course is what is a […]

Meet Us at the Joint ITE / CITE 2017 Annual Meeting and Exhibit

Join the CountingCars team at the Joint ITE/Canadian ITE (CITE) 2017 Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Toronto, Canada. From July 30th to August 2nd we’ll be sharing our thoughts on the future of transportation and showcasing a variety of our new progressive tools and products, including our recently released wayCOUNT road tube counting system . […]

Residential Electronic Gate Service Rates

Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE Regular readers know we believe in Improving Transportation Globally and, equally important, we believe in sharing our information to help others achieve the same goal. This process leads us to complete various research projects and share the results. A notable one is our work on determining current trip generation for tradition […]