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Michael Brown, PE, AICP

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Mike is president of Metro Analytics and frequent author at Strong Towns. Strengths include Travel Demand Forecasting, Data Visualization, Place-Making Intersections, and Big Picture multi-modal solutions.

Rural, Greenfield areas on the fringe of a major urban area usually grow slowly, until seemingly overnight, they explode with new development.  That’s when congestion overwhelms any through streets that exist, and communities hunt in desperation for opportunities to expand their system.  Prior to congestion, just one home might block…

This is a hot-potato topic, but I’ll be brave. In the rush to convert one-ways to two-ways, I worry we’re trending the wrong-way. “One-ways bad, two-ways good” is almost a tribal chant now, and it’s getting a little loud. The rush to convert is an understandable reaction to engineering failure,…

What comes to mind when you hear news of a pending transportation project that will run into the hundreds of millions or even billions? Invariably it is a freeway or urban rail project. It’s a celebrity culture, and freeways are the celebrities of our auto-worshiping culture.  If freeways have issues, everyone…

There are seven strategies for dealing with traffic congestion. And ironically, they’re different than the more famous 7-D’s of VMT reduction! The most common “Direct” approach, or “Build your way out” approach, usually equates to increasing capacity directly on the facility in question. However there are other “D-strategies” to evaluate before…

Dr. Reid Ewing, of the University of Utah’s Metropolitan Research Center, is among the nation’s leading researchers on the ability of the “7-D’s” to reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT). Dr. Ewing is an occasional consultant for Metro Analytics, and can advise communities on actions they can take to reduce VMT…

Why do we prefer trains over buses? Yes, the magnetic pull of steel wheels, but there are also more practical reasons. If buses can mimic some reasons, then they might get more riders per dollar spent than trains! Say you see a random bus. Is it an option for you? Not…