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The plan is to move MikeOnTraffic over to the new site by the end of next week. Please forgive me if I somehow break your RSS feed or email notifications. It would be great if you put a note on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
Mythbusters set up an experiment to determine which intersection works better - 4 Way Stop Signs or Roundabouts - check out the ten minute youtube video below. Experiment Setup In a parking lot with barrels Single lane approaches at four... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
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Several customers have asked for some type of device that will show how charged the batteries are in their COUNTcams. We opted to go with a plug in device instead of building a gauge into each counter, which is consistent... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
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Thank you to everyone who filled out my survey! I think there's about a 10% response rate (cross-referencing the 107 responses against about 1500 weekly hits on the blog), which is pretty overwhelming for a purely voluntary survey. The biggest... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
I'm helping a couple of young traffic engineers at a local consulting firm until the firm gets through their current surge of work. I just reviewed a well written traffic assessment memo. I did find a little teaching moment though.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
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The September 2013 Edition of the ITE Journal is out and I really like how the Journal is evolving. The articles are definitely more interesting AND more useful than past articles. A great example is the article by Manzell Blakeley... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
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The AP put out this intersecting article – Americans Driving Less as Car Culture Wanes. Michelle Birdsall at ITE posted it on the community bulletin board and asked how these trends will affect our profession, ITE, and transportation funding. Here... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
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I've been called in to help a developer on a 370 unit apartment project proposed on a vacant parcel. We're still working on this, so I'm going to keep the discussion somewhat generic. The apartment building's parking ramp will have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
The layout of this blog is stuck in 2005. It's time to freshen things up - redesign coming soon! Working on the redesign made me think I should touch base with YOU. What a crazy idea - find out a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
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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... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
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... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
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The MN legislature changed the tax rules so we need to start collecting/paying sales tax on video we collect as of July 1st. We didn’t change our prices going from 2012 to 2013, so this seems like a reasonable time... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
ITE is stepping up its game. Jerome Lutin, Alain Kornhauser, and Eva Lerner-Lam have put together the best primer I've seen on autonomous vehicles (The Revolutionary Development of Self-Driving Vehicles and Implications fo the Transportation Engineering Profession - page 28... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
Faithful Readers - A couple of you have already reached out to me. Thanks! I'm going to the ITE Annual meeting in Boston next week and would love to meet up. Drop me an email (mspack@spackconsulting.com) or tweet me (@MikeOnTraffic)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
We routinely get questions wondering what the COUNTcam videos look like. Several questions related to the camera view: Is +/- 12 foot high mounting height give a good enough view? How does it look at dusk, dawn, day and night?... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
Check out the video below. It shows off three great traffic counting vans from our area. And Nate made it fun. Please send us photos of your van if you have something unique to show off. I think we can... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
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An ITE member who wishes to remain anonymous tipped me off that FoundationCenter.org posts the tax returns for non-profits. Here are the recent tax returns for the Institute of Transportation Engineers: Download ITE Tax Return 2009, Download ITE Tax Return... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
Eligible members should have received an email at the beginning of this month from electionsonline.us with a ballot for the 2013 ITE elections. I chatted quite a bit with our vp candidates at the Midwestern ITE district meeting. Thank you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
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I had a great conversation with Tony Juettner of Brown Traffic at the Midwestern ITE District Annual meeting last week. We were talking about the state of traffic signals in Minnesota as well as Insync's traffic adaptive control system. Signals... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
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The City of Minneapolis has made a strong commitment to alternate modes of transportation over the last decade. Part of this commitment includes documenting pedestrian and bicycle usage data in the city. Check out this page to see the data... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
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I'm heading to the Midwestern ITE district meeting next week in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Below is our poster that will be up at the Friday poster session. Shoot me an email (mspack@spackconsulting.com) if you're going - I'd love to catch up.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
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I met with Eric Gannaway (Rhythm Engineering's Great Lake Region sales manager) this week to talk about their InSync adaptive signal system control. It turns out our companies are kindred spirits - they offer a full money back guarantee, they're... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
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We've been using PTV's Vistro software to prepare traffic impact studies since January and it's been a home run. We're at least twice as efficient using this software versus our old methods (and I thought we were in the top... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
I worte about AirSage a year ago after I did some digging into their service. They contract with cellular companies to be able to pin down gps locations of cell phones. One possible application is that they get the gps... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2013 at Mike on Traffic
Thanks to my friend Chris Chromy for forwarding this RFQ for the Nicollet Mall Design Competition! Great timing for my post a few weeks ago about the benefits of design competitions. Here are key details from the RFQ on how... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at Mike on Traffic