Transportation Planning requires an understanding of the transportation issues, a community’s needs and values, and the impacts and benefits of the proposed solutions.

We work closely with designers & planners to provide preliminary & feasibility analyses to identify, minimize or avoid potential impacts during project development. 

Our experience includes road widening, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities, new corridors development, rail lines, and the evaluation of multi-modal corridors. 

Travel Demand Forecasting

Our traffic forecast experience includes:

  • Travel Demand Modeling and Simulation
  • Land Use Projections
  • Growth Analysis
  • GIS Data Collection and Analysis
  • Origin-Destination Matrix Development
  • TransModeler Forecast Tools
  • “Big Data” (such as StreetLight Data)
  • Access Management and Planning

Small Area Studies & Corridor Planning

Three Oaks’ planners and engineers have a wealth of experience in small area studies and corridor planning.

In addition to our traffic engineering and land use planning expertise, we can bring in our GIS experts and NEPA and transit planning staff to determine travel patterns, recommend future improvements, and screen for environmental issues.

School Safety & Circulation Studies

We work with school officials and the NCDOT Municipal School Transportation Assistance (MSTA) to improve safety and efficiency for new construction and expansion of existing schools. 
By analyzing traffic circulation and school operations that involve both students and parents (e.g. drop-off/pick-up), we can make recommendations to improve safety and efficiency for on-campus intersections and intersections adjacent to the school. 

Access Management & Planning

The objective of access management is to provide access to land uses along a corridor while maintaining roadway safety and mobility.

Strategically controlling access along roadways will make a corridor operate more efficiently, while enhancing safety for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. Optimized access planning will also promote more user-friendly streetscapes. 

Our staff is uniquely prepared to develop access management plans, and effectively present and explain the benefits of the plan to engineers, local officials, property owners, and the public.

Municipal Engineering

We can help Planning Directors, City Engineers, Planning Boards, and Town Councils with:

  • Traffic Impact Analysis Study development & review
  • Presentations for Planning/Zoning Boards, Councils, & the public
  • Railroad coordination
  • Transportation Plan update and development
  • Unified Development Ordinance update & development
  • Coordination of transportation projects with internal departments and State and federal agencies
  • Project benefit cost comparison & prioritization

“Big Data” Applications

Rather than utilizing count data from defined points along a road, “Big Data” uses data from cell phone signals and GPS devices to determine trip routing, origin-destination, average travel speeds, and more. 

Because the data can be extracted and processed in nearly any time period, and study parameters can be changed at any time, it is a valuable tool for corridor planning.

Our experience with “Big Data” applications enables us to help clients to quickly and cost-effectively develop origin-destination data with their study corridors.

Feasibility Studies

Three Oaks’ diverse staff of forecasters, traffic analysts, transit planners, and bicycle and pedestrian planners allows us to develop feasibility studies for all types of projects.

Our NEPA experience enables us to quickly screen alternatives for potential issues that could arise during project development and permitting.

Rail Crossing Improvement & Coordination

Three Oaks can help with:

  • Traffic Separation studies
  • Rail inventory assessments
  • Class I and Short-line railroads coordination
  • Traffic solution development for highway-rail crossings
  • Advanced software modeling of highway-rail crossings

Drone Data Collection

Three Oaks regularly use drones to obtain project data. Having our own drone and certified pilots allows project planners to work closely with the drone pilot to coordinate the necessary data and enhance our ability to see “the big picture.”