Walter P Moore gets involved in the conceptual planning to identify potential traffic engineering issues and opportunities. We work closely with architects, planners, development teams, and stakeholders to develop site and campus plans that consider all users. Our focus is on all aspects of a person’s commute and travel experience. At the planning stage of a project, we show how service vehicles, emergency vehicles, valet operations, and other types of vehicles maneuver through a site. Our team listens to our clients’ traffic concerns and uses a range of simulation, modeling and animation tools in creating our traffic studies to give clients added insight into potential traffic solutions.
Campus Master Planning
We understand that campus environments have special traffic and transportation characteristics that must be considered when planning future developments. The key issues include: walkability/accessibility, internal roadway network, transit, bicycles, special events, parking strategies, and parking supply.
We review all vehicle types that will access and circulate through the site. Some require separate routes for service or emergency vehicles. We utilize software to simulate vehicle turning movements to improve physical designs making sure service vehicles can access loading docks. We also consider pedestrian paths to minimize conflict points with vehicles.
Special events not only include academic and sporting events, but may also include emergencies involving fire, life safety, security, and law enforcement. We develop traffic management plans for new facilities based on expected traffic loading. We also review existing event activities and can provide recommendations in the field to implement immediately.
Regional Transportation Planning
Transportation planning and modeling for local planning organizations focus on understanding predicted travel patterns for a 10-20 year horizon. Recommendations are made for future thoroughfare planning and corridor improvements.
Our expertise in studies of multi-modal facilities is for both goods and passengers to determine levels of demand. The transfer of passengers between modes is very important to enable smooth transitions and a good passenger experience. We also study goods movements at complex dock facilities. We often field test our designs to ensure that the design is feasible for the intended need.
Developing urban centers to meet the needs of residents, employees, and visitors is challenging from a transportation planning perspective. We plan activity centers to encourage walking and transit use, reducing the reliance on personal vehicles. We are careful to also plan for the growth of vehicular traffic in and around the center.