Trip Generation Review: Schools

By Max Moreland Working with school officials and City officials on school operations is a key component of the Spack Enterprise purpose: Improve Transportation Globally. What better way to improve transportation than to make sure kids safely get to and from their places of education? The start and end of the school day in particular […]

Transportation Impact Study Guidelines

Part 1 – Getting on the Same Page

When planning starts on a new or re-development project, the Traffic Impact Studies (TIS) assesses the impact on the surrounding network. A comprehensive ‘before’ and ‘after’ of traffic operations is the goal to determine if and when mitigation is needed. For many traffic engineers, the TIS is a key component of their work. This work […]

Vistro Tips and Tricks

by Jonah Finkelstein, PE   PTV Vistro has been a powerful tool for us at Spack Consulting and has helped us save time creating traffic report figures and updating analyses as development plans change. Through this experience we have learned some tips and tricks that we use to help us be as effective as possible when […]

Traffic Impact Study Process – Part 7: Determine Necessary Improvements

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 […]

Virtual Speed Humps: Effective or Ineffective Traffic Calming Tool?

Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Recently, I was contacted by the New York Times Upfront magazine, to comment on a 3D speed hump being used in Iceland. (Click to view the article). The question was, are painted virtual speed humps effective? The goal of speed humps is to help calm traffic, making it safer for pedestrians. […]

Cities Take on Heat Island Effect with Cooling Technology

By Hailey Pederson, EIT With temperatures rising around the globe, many public agencies are looking for ways to lower the dreaded “heat island effect” that often plagues major cities. Heat Islands are defined as areas in which there is a significant temperature differentiation between the neighboring urban and rural areas. That difference can be as […]

Traffic Impact Study Process – Part 5: Prepare Traffic Forecasts

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 […]