About Mike On Traffic
*Mike is no longer contributing to this site. We have left the articles up since they still have relevance and information for our industry.
I’m an inquisitive traffic engineer who has been in the business since 1994. This is my personal blog about the transportation industry.
My mission is to help traffic engineers, transportation planners, and other transportation professionals improve our world. As a result, I write on traffic analysis, data collection, our profession and transportation design (although I occasionally write about stuff that doesn’t fit neatly into one of these categories).
My goal is to create insightful, relevant content you can put to work in your professional life.
About Mike Spack, PE
I’ve founded Spack Consulting, Traffic Data Inc, CountingCars.com and Spack Academy. In 2019 I combined elements of these companies to create Spack Solutions, where we focus on providing safe, accurate, cost-effective transportation data to public agencies (and their contractors/consultants) around the world to help them tame congestion and eliminate traffic fatalities.
Before going to work for myself, I worked in a couple of consulting firms and also served as the staff traffic engineer for the city of Maple Grove, Minnesota. I’ve taught in the civil engineering department at the University of Minnesota and am a past president of the North Central Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
I’m a licensed civil engineer in the State of Minnesota (a PE). I was a certified professional transportation operations engineer, but decided to let the certification lapse and go inactive. I passed the exam and still have all of the knowledge in my head 🙂 I’m also a fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
I’ve been married to my lovely wife Jane since 1996 and we have three kids. We live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In my free time, I enjoy reading, exercising, cooking, fishing, traveling, playing board games with my family and playing cards with my buddies.