Category Archives for "Profession"

2013 Transportation Industry Survey Results (by AirSage)

AirSage just published it's 2013 Transportation Industry Survey.  It is a great looking document (ITE is releasing the results of the membership survey in the next two months – I hope it looks as good) and it is also a brilliant example of "new age marketing" – i.e. provide something of value with your logo […]

Why is the signal always red?

or the signal is always greener on the other side. The Denver Regional Council of Governments put together a primer on signal timing (get it here).  The brief pdf does a great job of explaining how traffic signals are timed and the trade-offs involved when developing timing plans – all in layman terms with great […]

Numbers Every Traffic Engineer Should Know

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE I originally posted this article several years ago. I attend a lot of meetings where I’m seen as the expert on traffic issues and I get asked questions related to basic standards and general practice. You can always respond that you don’t know the answer and you need to look […]

13 Questions for Scoping a Traffic Study

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Here are thirteen questions every traffic engineer should ask when a client asks them for a traffic study proposal (developers, architects, planners, etc. – feel free to prepare answers to these questions before you call your traffic engineer for a proposal):  Where is it? Ask if they have a minute so […]

Traffic Safety Plans for Schools

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE My son Mitch starts preschool today.  My daughters Maria and Anna start school next Tuesday along with most of the kids in Minnesota.  My girls walk a block and a half to their school (uphill both ways), so I have given some thought to their safety as they mix with […]

Traffic Safety Education for Students

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Hopefully the school has a liaison from the police department who works with your students. They’re best able to command the respect of the students. Whether its staff or the police officer, the students should be taught the following basics: Never assume a car is going to stop for you “Stranger Danger” […]

Controlling Arrivals and Departures at Schools

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE The most dangerous situation is to have students, cars, and buses all mixing in the same physical space. This typically happens during students’ school arrivals and departures. If possible, buses, vehicles, and pedestrians should be segregated. The next best thing is to control the campus so only two of the three modes can mix at […]