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 […]

2017 Traffic Study Price Guide Now Available

Readers of MikeOn Traffic know we believe in sharing our industry best practices and providing full transparency of how we run our business so we can help others be successful in their businesses. This philosophy includes publicly sharing our pricing for our service offerings. We are pleased to present our 2017 pricing guide for traffic studies. […]

Meet Me at Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting

Join me on January 8th – 10th at the 2017 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. CountingCars.com will be exhibiting at the show (booth #1236) and I would love to meet our readers and customers and swap traffic engineering stories. We have a limited number of guest passes for to attend the exhibitor area. Send […]

Are U-Turns Safe?

You want us to make a U-turn? In some situations the answer is yes. Requiring single occupant vehicles to make U-turns and subsequent right turns instead of direct left turns is a well-documented strategy for improving safety and minimizing delay along arterial corridors. According to the Transportation Research Board of The National Academies Access Management […]

Ryan Martinson Interview: Resilience in a Transportation System

Ryan Martinson of Stantec recently posted a paper titled Resilience in a Transportation System: Should ITE Include Resilience in its Foundational Documents.  Ryan has focused his transportation career on sustainable transportation solutions and is the Vice Chair of ITE’s Sustainability Committee. Now he’s thinking about resiliency too. I find the somewhat contradictory concepts of sustainability […]

Advice for a Young Traffic Engineer

A blog reader emailed me the following – he wishes to stay anonymous while he works this out with his boss, who may or may not also be a reader of MikeOnTraffic… “I have a question that I thought would be good for you because of your expertise in the traffic industry and your blog […]

What to Do When You Need a Traffic Signal

When I sat in the chair as a traffic engineer for the City of Maple Grove I’d get the occasional call from a resident telling me we need a traffic signal at such and such intersection. My experience is that as a resident, your best bet to get something “public works” related started is to […]

8 Technological Changes that Will Revolutionize the Future of Transportation

Minnesota Department of Transportation hired David Levinson to prepare The Transportation Futures Project:  Planning for Technology Change, which was published in January 2016.  David is one of my favorite thought leaders on transportation issues and I highly recommend his book The End of Traffic and the Future of Transport in addition to this paper. Here’s […]