Project Profiles - Transportation Projects


CMAQ in Atlantic & Cape May Counties (Traffic Signal Equipment Inventory)

posted Jun 22, 2016, 12:53 PM by Magda Antoniow

Rodriguez Consulting LLC (Rodriguez), under contract with Urban Engineering, Inc. provided Intersection Inventory and Database Development for traffic signals along each corridor of 40 signalized intersection in the Atlantic and Cape May Counties, NJ. Rodriguez developed also a report of recommendations for future intersection improvements for each roadway.

Rodriguez Contribution - Rodriguez Traffic Signal Equipment Inventory: Prior to performing site visits, Rodriguez coordinated with SJTPO, Cape May and Atlantic Counties. Rodriguez field crew performed data collection at 40 intersections to inventory the following traffic signal assets: Signal Controller, Signal Poles/Supports, Signal Indications, Vehicle Detection, and Pedestrian. Various attributes (e.g. type of signal head, type of signal support, presence of vehicle detection, etc.) were also collected for each of these features. Each attribute was digitally photographed with the image file associated to the respective feature.

The data collection team used the FulcrumApp and iPads to record the data in the field. A Faro X330 scanner was used to safely collect point clouds and imagery of intersections in order to collect feature/attribute data back in the office using Kubit VirtuSurv.  Field data was reviewed and processed in the office and compiled into a database.

Rodriguez Team also developed an ArcGIS Online web map that was shared with the respective agencies to be used for review and collaboration of the project data. The web map was used to view and track project status as well as access the data collected in the field. Notes, digital photos, and reports were linked to the respective features and accessible via a simple web interface.

Rodriguez Team developed a Traffic Signal Equipment Inventory in MySQL. The database was spatially enabled for use in Esri geographic information systems (GIS) software. The data collected in the field was imported into the database after data collection and quality control was complete.


Site Facts - 40 Signalized intersections in Atlantic & Cape May Counties, NJ.
Technologies -  
  • Fulcrum App  - Field Data Collection
  • Faro X330 3D Scanner - Field Data Collection
  • Esri ArcGIS Desktop - Feature Data Creation
  • Kubit VirtuSurv - Feature Data Creation
  • Esri ArcGIS Online - Data Visualization and Management
  • My SQL Database - Data Storage
Client - South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization. 
                     Contract Owner: Urban Engineers, Inc.  

CMAQ in Cumberland County (Traffic Signal Equipment Inventory)

posted Jun 22, 2016, 11:24 AM by Magda Antoniow

Rodriguez Consulting LLC (Rodriguez), under contract with Urban Engineering, Inc. provided inventory traffic signals along each corridor of 39 signalized intersection in the City of Vineland, NJ. Rodriguez developed also a report of recommendations for future intersection improvements for each roadway.

Rodriguez Contribution - Rodriguez Traffic Signal Equipment Inventory: Prior to performing site visits, Rodriguez coordinated with SJTPO and Cumberland County. Rodriguez field crews performed data collection at 39 intersections to inventory the following traffic signal assets: Signal Controller, Signal Poles/Supports, Signal Indications, Vehicle Detection, and Pedestrian. Various attributes (e.g. type of signal head, type of signal support, presence of vehicle detection, etc.) were also collected for each of these features. Each attribute was digitally photographed with the image file associated to the respective feature.

The data collection team used the FulcrumApp and iPads to record the data in the field. Field data was reviewed and processed in the office and compiled into a database.

Rodriguez Team also developed an ArcGIS Online web map that was shared with the respective agencies to be used for review and collaboration of the project data. The web map was used to view and track project status as well as access the data collected in the field. Notes, digital photos, and reports were linked to the respective features and accessible via a simple web interface.

Rodriguez Team developed a Traffic Signal Equipment Inventory in MySQL. The database was spatially enabled for use in Esri geographic information systems (GIS) software. The data collected in the field was imported into the database after data collection and quality control was complete.


Site Facts - 39 Signalized intersections in the City of Vineland, NJ.
Technologies -  
  • Esri ArcGIS software
  • Folcrum App by Spatial Data Network
  • Data Collection using Apple iPods
  • GPS
  • Laser Range Finder
Client - South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization. 
                     Contract Owner: Urban Engineers, Inc.  

Philadelphia bike-share program

posted Feb 17, 2016, 10:33 AM by Magda Antoniow

Rodriguez Consulting is excited to hear that the Philadelphia bike-share program, Indego, hit the 100,000-ride mark justtwo months after its debut. We are proud that we were able to contribute to the project's inception.

However before we all were able to pedal on Indigo bikes there was a lot of work to be conducted in order to make the whole project run safely and effortlessly. And this is where the Rodriguez team employed its best expertise.

Our engineers worked with the project team on station planning, existing conditions surveys, and permitting and, once again, we had a chance to improve part of our city's transportation infrastructure.

From Temple University to the Navy Yard and from the Delaware River to University City, there are about 60 stations, so-called “dock points”, where bikes can be taken from one location and returned to another. In order to choose best locations for these stations Rodriguez visited various proposed locations to examine existing conditions and determine if the location could accommodate a bike station. Our engineers documented pedestrian accessibility, utilities, street furniture and vehicular and public transport access. The goal was to find locations that were easier and more accessible for riders, while respecting safety, traffic, and local regulations.

As always at Rodriguez we implemented innovative approach to meet our clients’ expectations and deliver the best quality data and services. Our team utilized various field data collection tools including Adapx digital pens to easily collect data on paper maps. The information collected on the paper maps was digitally scanned into the pen and transferred onto digital GIS maps back in the office. Concept plans for proposed bike share sites were created utilizing Esri's ArcGIS and, to get improved visualization, the field collected data was exported from Esri ArcGIS to Google Earth.

While a few more stations and bikes will be added in the coming months, how big a growth spurt we will see next year has yet to be determined. We enjoy seeing blue-and-white bicycles passing by on the streets of Philadelphia and we are proud to be part of the project which improves how our beautiful city works.



Spring Garden Street Greenway - Traffic Data Collection

posted Jan 25, 2014, 8:24 AM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Jan 25, 2014, 8:25 AM ]

PHILADELPHIA, PA (TRAFFIC DATA COLLECTION) - Rodriguez Consulting LLC (Rodriguez) was retained by Sam Schwartz Engineering to provide traffic data collection, data analysis and quality control/quality assurance on the Spring Garden Street Greenway project. This project was led by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) to develop a plan to connect Philadelphia’s growing trail networks, and to connect Philadelphia’s two riverfronts.     

Rodriguez Contribution
Rodriguez coordinated and managed manual turning counts (TMC) at seven (7) intersections along Spring Garden Street.  The scope of services included:

  • Coordination – Utilized Google Earth Pro and field reconnaissance to develop a plan to safely and effectively collect  turning movement data on this heavily travelled arterial.  Route included a 6-way intersection and an intersection that involved a heavily-used subway station. 
  • Turning Movement Counts (TMC) - were completed during peak traffic hours on a typical weekday. Intersection recordings identified the following modes of travel: cars, buses, trucks, bicycles, and pedestrians.  Jamar TDC-12 count boards were utilized to collect data.
  • Data Processing - Data was processed with Jamar PETRA PRO software and exported to MS Excel and Adobe PDF formats for further quality control and analysis.  Intersections were video taped for signal timing and to review lane configurations.
  • Quality Assurance – Additional counters were utilized for Data Verification.  Analysts reviewed data to determine (based on local knowledge and field observations) any probable causes of the discrepancies.
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Traffic Study for Proposed Casino in Philadelphia

posted Jan 14, 2014, 4:10 AM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Jan 25, 2014, 8:25 AM ]

PHILADELPHIA, PA (TRAFFIC DATA COLLECTION)
 - Rodriguez Consulting LLC (Rodriguez) was retained by Urban Engineers, Inc. to provide traffic data collection, data analysis and QA/QC on a project that involved manual turning counts (TMC) at five (5) intersections in the Port Richmond section Philadelphia.  The traffic study was conducted to analyze traffic flows for a proposed casino.

Rodriguez Contribution
Rodriguez was responsible for providing the following traffic data collection services:
  • Planning - Coordinated traffic count operations using Google Earth Pro to plan for the location of field crews.  Google Street View was utilized to plan for safe locations that had optimal view of traffic. Turing movement counts were planned for peak traffic hours on a typical weekday (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) between the hours of 7AM-9AM and 4PM-7PM. Rodriguez coordinated data collection activities with local municipal authorities.
  • Turning Movement Counts - Field crews utilized Apple iPads using the TurnCount App to collect turning movements by the following modes of travel: cars, buses, and trucks.  TurnCount, by Trafdata, LLC, is an easy and intuitive way to count traffic using iPads and iPhones.  TurnCount works similarly to the traditional turning movement counter board.     Pedestrian and bicycle crossing movements were also recorded at each location.  TurnCount also recorded the GPS coordinates of the count location as well as the date and time of the study.  Field crews obtained digital photographs using iPads and iPhones and signal timing for traffic control devices.
  • Analysis and QA/QC - Compiled data was exported from TurnCount to Jamar PETRA PRO format to identify intersection peak hours as well as calculate peak hour factors for subsequent use in intersection capacity analysis.  Data was reviewed with Jamar PETRA PRO software and exported to MS Excel and Adobe PDF formats for further review and analysis. 
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FY 2012 SJTPO Seat Belt Survey – Part I

posted Jan 14, 2014, 3:49 AM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Jan 14, 2014, 3:50 AM ]

VINELAND, NJ (TRANSPORTATION SAFETY STUDY)
 - Rodriguez Consulting LLC (Rodriguez) was selected in 2011 by the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO), for Part I of the 2012 Seat Belt Study.  The study required performing field surveys to assess seatbelt usage by motorists throughout the SJTPO region.  The project was also sponsored by the South Jersey Traffic Safety Alliance (SJTSA).  This year's study involved two parts,  the first being observations of seat belt and cell phone use at over 55 communities.  The second part, in addition to seat belt and cell phone usage, also involved documenting Graduated Drivers License (GDL) law compliance at 19 area high schools.  The collected data was used as a baseline to compare the SJTPO region's seat belt usage rate with the state and national rates.

The 2012 seat belt data collection effort consisted of observational surveys of approximately 4,489 motorists at 28 sites throughout the four counties that comprise the SJTPO region; Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem Counties.  Traffic data collection specialists observed traffic on both streets at intersections, and thus were able to determine seat belt and cell phone usage of both stopped vehicles and moving vehicles.  The survey was based on the National Highway Traffic Administration's (NHTSA) “National Occupant Protection Use Surveys (NOPUS)” and was meant to be a “snapshot” of the entire region.  The data was compiled using Microsoft Access and presented to the SJTPO in a formal report.

Rodriguez Contribution
Rodriguez was responsible for providing land surveying and zoning permit services including but not limited:
  • High School Motor Vehicle Study – Observed 1,987 motorists at 19 sites to see seat belt compliance and cell phone usage.
  • Over 55 Community Motor Vehicle Study – Observed seat belt compliance and cell phone usage of 2,502 motorists at 9 sites.
  • Report Preparation & Design – Report graphics were created using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and then compiled using Adobe InDesign.  A project website was created using GoogleApps.
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ABSTRACT

SJTPO FY2012 Seat Belt Survey - Part 2

posted Jan 14, 2014, 3:03 AM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Jan 14, 2014, 3:30 AM ]

VINELAND, NJ (TRANSPORTATION SAFETY STUDY) - Rodriguez Consulting LLC (Rodriguez) was selected in 2012 by the South Jersey Transportation Planning
Organization (SJ
TPO), for Part 2 of the 2012 Seat Belt Study.  This transportation safety study required performing field surveys to assess seatbelt usage by motorists throughout the SJTPO region.  The project was also sponsored by the South Jersey Traffic Safety Alliance (SJTSA).  This year's study focussed on compliance with state laws for restraint use for children under 18 in the rear seat.  Observations were classified by age, gender and restraint type.  The collected data was used as a baseline to compare the SJTPO region's seat belt usage rate with the state and national rates.

The 2012 seat belt data collection effort consisted of observational surveys of approximately 910 passengers in 634 vehicles at 9 sites throughout the four counties that comprise the SJTPO region; Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem Counties.  Traffic data collection specialists observed traffic on both streets at intersections, and thus were able to determine seat belt and cell phone usage of both stopped vehicles and moving vehicles.  The survey was based on the National Highway Traffic Administration's (NHTSA) “National Occupant Protection Use Surveys (NOPUS)” and was meant to be a “snapshot” of the entire region.  The data was compiled using Microsoft Access and presented to the SJTPO in a formal report.

Rodriguez Contribution
Rodriguez was responsible for providing land surveying and zoning permit services including but not limited:
  • Rear Seat Child Restraint Use Study – Observed 910 motorists at 9 sites to see compliance with state laws for restraint use for children under 18 in the rear seat.
  • Report Preparation & Design – Report graphics were created using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and then compiled using Adobe InDesign.  A project website was created using GoogleApps.
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