“You guys just did several hundred thousand dollars’ worth of engineering studies for us, for free. Thank you.” – Mike Biagi, Director of Parking and Transportation Services for Cal Poly Pomona.
(Edit April 2nd: The campus newspaper, The Poly Post, published a half-page article on our work, read all about it!!)
Over the winter quarter, a group of 20 students worked on several transportation-engineering projects for the campus. This was initiated last year, when ITE approached campus officials to identify what some of the campus’s needs are and what we can do as civil engineering students. We developed five projects: Roundabout Study, Intersection Study, Parking Study, Policy Position Study, and Traffic Control Device Database project. Continue reading →
Alyssa Reynolds is the President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Western District, which includes the 13 western states and US Pacific territories. She is a Project Engineer with the City of Henderson, Nevada. She is a licensed Professional Engineer and Professional Traffic Operations Engineer.
I was recently asked to look at the traffic circulation and parking situation at a local school, Greenspun Middle School. The impetus of the parent concerns was the removal of a volunteer crossing guard from the crosswalk in front of the school. In Henderson, the City’s police department hires, trains, and assigns crossing guards to Elementary Schools. They are not provided at middle and high schools. I’ve heard various reasons for this ranging from: kids of this age should know how to cross the street safely to the kids refuse to obey the crossing guard. There is also an additional expense to adding guards at the upper level schools. The school removed the volunteer guard due to liability concerns.
Thomas Mericle, P.E., T.E.– City Transportation Manager, City of San Buenaventura
Mr. Mericle is the City Transportation Manager for the Central Coast city of San Buenaventura (Ventura). He has experience in local traffic engineering issues working in both city government and private consulting. He has served as President of the ITE Central Coast Section and on local and national ITE committees. His experience includes traffic operations, parking, traffic laws, local transit, traffic impact studies, neighborhood traffic management, and automated traffic enforcement strategies. He also teaches extension classes for the Institute for Transportation Studies at University of California, Berkeley.