GoDurham Better Bus Project

Durham, North Carolina

The City of Durham Transportation Department seeks to evaluate transit access and service issues along GoDurham bus routes, recommend transit infrastructure improvements, and draft designs and cost estimates for selected transit improvements. The Better Bus Project includes six distinct projects that will bring bus stop access, safety, and reliability improvements to the GoDurham bus system such as sidewalks, crosswalks, bus stop passenger comfort amenities, and operational improvements. Three Oaks contributed to three primary aspects of the project:

  • Transit Planning – Three Oaks provided transit planning support for the Fayetteville Street and Holloway Street Transit Emphasis Corridors. Our team developed bus stop consolidation memos and contributed to bus stop improvement recommendations, Unified Development Ordinance updates, existing condition reports, and Better Bus Program recommendations.
  • Public Engagement – Three Oaks helped draft the equitable public engagement plan, project branding and messaging, and online/printed surveys. Three Oaks also co-facilitated stakeholder and community partner meetings, which helped shape equity-focused outreach strategies, and our in-house translation staff provided in-person and written Spanish translation services.
  • Traffic Analysis and Modeling – Three Oaks developed the 2020 no-build traffic analysis, which included volume development, a Synchro model for over 20 signalized intersections, and a summary of the measures of effectiveness to support the Durham Station Transit Emphasis Zone Study.
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Three Oaks Receives SBA Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business Certification

March 9, 2021

Three Oaks Engineering has been certified as an Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program (WOSB Program), as set forth in Title 13, Part 127 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). With this certification, Three Oaks is eligible to compete for WOSB Federal Contracting Program set-aside contracts within eligible industries where women-owned small businesses are underrepresented. The federal government’s goal is to award at least 5 percent of all federal contract dollars to women-owned small businesses each year.

We look forward to offering our environmental, planning, and traffic engineering services to new clients in the federal market. You can learn more about our services at https://threeoaksengineering.com.   

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Three Oaks Named 2020 Employer of the Year by WTS NC Triangle

Originally posted May 27, 2020

Three Oaks Engineering has been named 2020 Employer of the Year by the North Carolina Triangle chapter of WTS International. Three Oaks was selected because of its commitment to recruiting, retaining, and advancing women. “We appreciate the efforts of WTS to highlight organizations that recruit and retain women as part of their mission to attract, sustain, connect and advance women’s careers to strengthen the transportation industry,” said Three Oaks president Suzanne Unger Young. “Three Oaks is a proud sponsor of WTS.”

Young founded Three Oaks in 2014 after 18 years in the consulting engineering industry. Three Oaks was born of a desire to create the kind of workplace she dreamed of, with a focus on helping clients accomplish infrastructure projects with careful consideration of community and environmental needs while striving to be a sustainable partner in the community and providing employees with the flexibility to balance business and family responsibilities. Over the last six years, Three Oaks has grown to 40 staff across three offices – American Tobacco Campus in Durham (headquarters), Centennial Campus in Raleigh, and Columbia, South Carolina. The company has been recognized for its sustainability practices with bronze status in the Bull City Workplace Challenge and is a silver League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Business.

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Spanish Language assistance at an outreach event

Wake Bus Rapid Transit (BRT): New Bern Avenue BRT Project

Raleigh, North Carolina

The City of Raleigh proposes to add 5.1 miles of BRT service along New Bern Avenue to connect the Raleigh Central Business District to WakeMed Hospital Raleigh Campus and New Hope Road. Three Oaks helped prepare the Documented Categorical Exclusion to support the preliminary design. The work included developing technical memoranda and analyses, including the natural resources technical report, preliminary jurisdictional determination, visual impact assessment, and public parkland/Section 4(f)/Section 6(f) assessment; and providing agency coordination support, LEP outreach, and Spanish translation. During final design, Three Oaks will assist with environmental compliance and permitting.

Spanish translation of project handout
Project handout translated into Spanish
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