New development sites can impact the surrounding roadway system by adding additional traffic volume to existing traffic or altering existing traffic patterns. In addition to designing appropriate access for proposed developments, transportation engineers are normally required to maintain a satisfactory level of operation and traffic safety for the roadways users adjacent to the proposed developments. The road users are broadly defined as all surface transportation modes including automobiles, transit, trucks, pedestrians, bicycle and other non-motorized modes of transportation.
Traffic Impact Assessments (TIA) or Traffic Impact Studies (TIS) gather and analyze information that will help determine the needs for any improvements to interior, adjacent, and nearby roadway systems within the vicinity of a proposed development. Oftentimes, a TIA/TIS is conducted within the context of a larger environmental impact study, which is typically mandated for projects planned under the auspices of a public jurisdiction that may experience significant deleterious impacts on its environment due to a proposed project. A TIA/TIS will thus normally be incorporated into a multidisciplinary study effort generally known as an environmental impact assessments (EIA). In summary, a TIA/TIS primarily serves two purposes: 1. To determine and disclose all significant traffic impacts of a proposed development; and 2. To identify “mitigation measures” that would likely to reduce or otherwise compensate for the negative traffic impacts. In many urban jurisdictions, traffic impacts and mitigations are routinely among the most visible and controversial aspect of environmental studies for development projects.
The founding principals of EASL Transportation Consultants, Inc. have considerable amount of knowledge and expertise in preparing traffic impact assessments/studies, traffic modeling and warrant analyses, as well as traffic operation evaluations for various commercial, residential, office, educational, and mixed-use land development projects throughout North America. With over hundred of TIA/TIS successfully delivered on behalf of various clients in Alberta, Ontario, California and Michigan, our principals have extensive experience dealing with all types of land uses and have been working regularly with private developers and public agencies to fully analyze the traffic impacts associated with proposed developments, while providing appropriate mitigation measures to alleviate potential traffic impacts as result of the proposed projects.
EASL Transportation Consultants, Inc. has the technical expertise and the state-of-the-art evaluation tools to tackle some of the complex transportation and traffic engineering problems. The key elements of our firm’s approach to effectively solve traffic impacts and congestion problems consist of the following components:
• Utilizing the latest analytical techniques and methodologies to suit individual project’s needs.
• Generating the results that will likely to represent the real life operations/situations.
• Focusing on practical applications of the results and developing realistic solutions to serve individual project needs.
• Utilizing visual presentation incorporating real-time traffic simulation, and
• Working closely with our private sector clients and the public agencies alike to address and mitigate potential
development traffic impacts and to move forward the project approval process.
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