Traffic Impact Studies
Depending on its location, jurisdiction, size and/or complexity, a development or redevelopment project may require dozens of separate approvals from multiple entities at the local, state/provincial and federal level. A critical issue for most development projects is the impact on adjacent or external transportation systems. A traffic impact study or impact analysis typically is required to document these off-site impacts and obtain the necessary approvals. our private development professionals have worked with the full range of review agencies and permitting authorities to secure development approvals based on traffic impacts.
Depending on the size and complexity of the project, the required impact study might be a simple intersection analysis or a complex regional impact study. Some requirements are universal and apply to projects built anywhere. Other requirements are specific to local conditions and issues and can vary from one jurisdiction to another. We strive for a clear understanding of the proposed development and the external infrastructure system so we can select the appropriate traffic methodologies and tools to conduct accurate analyses. These analyses address immediate needs and can extend over multiple development phases spanning many years. In evaluating project impacts, we use our expertise in transportation planning, traffic and urban/regional planning to conduct trip generation studies, develop regional and sub-area travel demand forecasts using the leading industry tools and software including EMME, CUBE, TransCAD, and VISUM. We also apply advanced simulation tools such as Synchro, VISSIM and Paramics to support these impact analyses.