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 […]

Traffic Corner Tuesday – Residential Speeds

Traffic Corner Tuesday, brought to you by Spack Enterprise and its family of transportation-related companies, completed its latest webinar just over a week ago. Traffic Corner Tuesday is our monthly webinar presenting research, case studies, and interesting discussions on our favorite topic – transportation. For those who missed it, here’s a summary of that webinar […]

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 […]

How Your City Should Handle Dockless Scooters and Bicycles

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE and Max Moreland, PE   Bicycle sharing systems have become commonplace across America over the last decade.  Bicycle sharing programs, such as Minnesota’s Nice Ride, play an important part in our multi-modal ecosystem.  We occasionally use them, but it’s a bummer to show up to a meeting tired and sweaty […]

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 […]

New Parking Generation Data for Uses Not in ITE’s Parking Generation Report

By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE   As a follow-up to our comparison post Building the Right Amount of Parking Stalls between the parking generation data from TripGeneration.org vs. ITE’s Parking Generation, 4th Edition, here are average peak parking rates for fourteen land uses that aren’t in ITE’s dataset.  Enjoy! Average Peak Parking Rates Land Use […]

Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons Reapproved!

By Bryant Ficek On February 1, 2018, MikeOnTraffic published an article about the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) repeal of their Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB) interim approval. In essence, the RRFB was no longer allowed for new installations due to patent issues. As explained by the FHWA, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), […]

Stop Sign Compliance Research Findings

By Bryant Ficek, PE, PTOE Late last year, we started a research project on evaluating stop sign compliance. Our goal is to determine clear lines between effective and non-effective stop sign locations. After partnering with multiple cities for this initial round of work, the data collection portion of the project is wrapping up. We have […]

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 […]

An Argument for Rapid Adoption of Autonomous Vehicles

Great Photos from the Autonomous Bus at Super Bowl LII

Mike Spack, PE, PTOE Tom Fischer made an interesting argument at the City Engineers Association of Minnesota annual meeting that the switch to autonomous vehicles will be like the transition from horses to cars that happened in the early Twentieth Century.  It took about twenty years for horses to become illegal in cities but that […]