Transportation Planning

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. 

Carrying Capacity
Carrying capacity identifies the total amount of development that can occur based on the planning efforts that have transpired such as a comprehensive plan or a future land use plan. Developing a carrying capacity analysis assists agencies in understanding their growth potential or limitations. Our team has worked with a number of agencies in helping them realize their development opportunities and challenges using carrying capacity analysis.

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.

Corridor Studies
Corridor studies are frequently needed to analyze a more comprehensive picture of traffic conditions than simply studying a single intersection. Corridor analysis involves intersections, parallel routes, right-of-way conditions, traffic volumes, parking demand, median spacing, and driveways. Considering all of these elements and how they interact provides the best corridor solutions. Our team has provided corridor planning services for municipalities, counties, regional organizations, and state departments of transportation to address the need for enhanced multi-modal mobility, traffic conditions, and safety.

Event Planning
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.

Funding Strategies
Walter P Moore assists clients in developing strategies to fund infrastructure improvements, as well as, identify possible grant funding opportunities. We are able to help with grant writing and coordination with public agencies.

Multi-Modal Planning
Walter P Moore addresses current mobility challenges by applying a holistic approach and assessing all mode of transportation options to identify future mobility opportunities. Through reliable data collection and analysis, we assist in identifying gaps in mobility infrastructure, building upon that analysis to determine solutions and address future demands.

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.

Scenario Planning
Scenario planning can assist in bettering the development of integrated land use and transportation plans which result in more efficient management of the transportation network. Using CommunityVIZ software, our team is able to develop scenario planning models to help municipalities, counties, metropolitan planning organizations, and states in the decision making process. Many regions and metropolitan areas engage in scenario planning to examine the long-range consequences of existing policies. Scenario planning requires a community to realize and understand its long-term planning approach and make decisions that will help them achieve these goals.

Site Circulation
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 Districts
We serve as the general engineering consultant for several Management Districts and Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones. We help these organizations plan for growth in their area and the impact on the transportation system. In addition, Walter P Moore helps develop capital improvement programs for these districts so that they have their infrastructure spending planned for 3-5 years.

Suitability Analysis
Suitability analysis uses geographic data to assist in scoring the desirability of unique elements within a study area. Whether it is determining the best locations for transit service, a multi-modal connection, or new development within a region, suitability analysis is a way for Walter P Moore to assist in helping evaluate the desirability of different outcomes.

Thoroughfare Planning
From large cities to small towns, understanding how future growth is going to affect the mobility conditions in these areas is important. Even more vital is combining those mobility decisions through comprehensive planning efforts. Because mobility and land use decisions are directly related, the collaboration between disciplines can help in the decision-making process. Our team has a wide variety of skills in helping municipalities navigate these mobility challenges. Using tools such as the travel demand model we can help cities understand the effect of both their land use/development and transportation decisions.

Travel Demand Modeling
Travel Demand Modeling is one of the primary tools utilized by transportation planners to anticipate future traffic and mobility patterns. Using software platforms such as TransCAD or Cube, our team works with agencies to develop models that estimate travel behavior based on existing conditions. Through this approach, we are able to analyze how many trips people will make, where jobs and housing will be located, how will people travel, and what routes they will take.

Urban Centers
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.