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UEM offers a range of Transportation Engineering and Planning Services including transportation class environmental assessments, site and area traffic impact studies, transportation planning and modelling, traffic operations for networks and corridors, traffic calming, parking planning and design, traffic safety/road safety audits, provision of expert testimony, and public consultation programs. Using this expertise and these skills, the UEM Team has completed projects that include:
Municipal Class Environmental Assessments for Road Projects to facilitate roadway closures or improvements to increase capacity and address safety concerns/issues. UEM has completed a number of municipal class environmental assessment studies for road projects and has also provided transportation/traffic engineering expertise on a sub-consultant basis on a number of Schedule C Class EA studies.
Transportation Assessments to evaluate the ability of a transportation system to accommodate existing and future travel demands and to determine if roadway and intersection improvements are required to ensure the transportation system operates at an acceptable level of service. UEM has extensive experience in completing transportation assessments that have "tested" growth scenarios, established need and justification for transportation corridor improvements, examined the ability of corridors to accommodate future travel demands, and/or examined opportunities to transform a multi-lane urban corridor to provide on-road bike lanes.
Traffic Impact Assessments and Traffic Safety Impact Studies to assess the potential impacts of traffic arising from a proposed development on the transportation system and to identify the total transportation improvements needed to ensure that the system will operate at an acceptable level of service with the proposed development. UEM has completed TIAs for a variety of development proposals ranging from small residential in-fill projects to a regional motorsports complex for sites throughout Ontario. UEM staff have previously led Ontario Traffic Council workshops on the preparation of Traffic Impact Assessments (Ottawa, 2010 and Oakville, 2011).
Parking Inventory and Utilization Surveys to examine peak parking demands of existing uses, to assess adequacy of on–site parking supply, or to evaluate potential for new and/or expanded uses. UEM–s Transportation Team can design and execute a range of parking inventory and utilization surveys depending on existing and proposed land uses. UEM has completed a variety of Parking Demand Studies to determine the parking requirements for new and/or expanded land uses. UEM will also review parking lot layouts, designs and circulation prior to or during site plan approval.
Road Safety Assessments of in-service roadways and intersections ranging from comprehensive assessments (consisting of an office investigation, a field review, analysis/diagnosis, problem identification and development of potential countermeasures) to more streamlined reviews consisting of an office investigation of collision experience followed by a field investigation to identify deficiencies, safety/operational issues and concerns. UEM also conducts safety investigations to comment on proposed access location and design and uses AutoTURN to simulate turning characteristics of design vehicles in reviewing designs.
Road Safety Audits of preliminary designs to independently review and comment on the safety features of the design and provide input to the design team. Suggestions and recommendations are provided so that the design team may consider additional safety features within the context of all objectives of the design. Many of the recommendations are intended to prompt the road authority to consider the added safety of these changes against all of the other competing objectives of road design.
Traffic Impact Study Peer Reviews and Expert Testimony at Ontario Municipal Board Hearings. UEM routinely provides Traffic Impact Study peer review services to a number of municipalities. On a number of occasions, UEM’s peer review services were completed in connection with appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). UEM staff has also appeared before the OMB to provide expert testimony.
For further information, please contact Ana Gall, P. Eng., M. Eng., PTOE, at 905.371.9764, ext 238.