BIG RED DOG provides engineering services for a multitude of project types across several disciplines including Civil, Structural, MEP, Transportation, and Traffic. In this video, Dan Hennessey, P.E., PTOE gives us some insight on the mobility study that was performed for the Rainey Street district in Austin, Texas. He also talks about BIG RED DOG’s approach to transportation and traffic engineering, and how it can make a real difference in our communities compared to traditional methodologies. Check it out:
Here are some highlights from the video:
On the Rainey Street Mobility Study:
We worked with the residents, the development community, and the City of Austin and regarding future transportation needs in the Rainey Street area – both with respect to vehicles and alternative modes. We told them that we weren’t going to focus solely on vehicle transport as a lot of traffic engineers do, but that we were going to more holistically plan how people get around. We then brought in the development community and the City of Austin to work through our recommendations, the data that we found, with respect to both peak hour traffic conditions walking and bicycling through the area, and the unique late night conditions that happen as a result of the bar and restaurant activity in the area.
On BIG RED DOG’s unique perspective:
Because of our work with the development community, and our experience with national best practices in public jurisdictions all around the country, we’re able to develop solutions that benefit the public in ways that accomplish the goals of both the public jurisdiction and the private development community.
On BIG RED DOG’s approach and how it differs from the “traditional” approach:
Traditional traffic engineering has focused on peak hour operations on roadway segments and on intersections. Trying to mitigate those impacts has just led us to additional congestion. Building wider infrastructure is not solving our congestion issues. Instead, we should be focused on expanding our transit services, additional active transportation options, and transportation demand management strategies that can actually put a dent in the congestion that we’re seeing today.
On the importance of partnering with a locally-based engineering firm:
As jurisdictions amend their transportation policy, it becomes more important than ever to have the experience of a firm who’s done this around the country but also knows the locality very well. We’re able to collect data and better understand the impacts on the citizens that will be affected most because we’re right here in the community.