Traffic Impact Analysis

RK Engineering Group, Inc. (RK) staff have prepared several hundred traffic impact studies throughout Southern and Central California, as well as Southern Nevada, Arizona and Colorado. Work products provided by the firm includes conceptual planning/feasibility studies or detailed design recommendations. The firm can evaluate both existing conditions and the effects of future development upon infrastructure requirements. RK staff have prepared numerous studies in compliance with Congestion Management Program (CMP) requirements.

Circulation Planning

RK has a broad range of experience including city general plan circulation elements, specific plans, traffic control assessments for special attractions or major events, site access evaluations, traffic management plans and fee program studies.

RK services include the preparation of neighborhood traffic management plans to reduce volumes on residential streets, minimize vehicle speeds, and address "cut through" traffic issues. Traffic calming solutions which have been addressed include roundabouts, street closures, speed humps, chokers, and access restrictions.

Transportation Demand Management

Transportation demand management (TDM) strategies designated for local government action have taken on increased importance in light of federal conformity requirements. Many local governments have adopted trip reduction ordinances to comply with the state and federal mandates. RK has prepared TDM plans for industrial, office, retail and residential projects throughout Southern California. RK services include the determination of appropriate transportation control measures as well as project-specific implementation and monitoring strategies.

Transit Planning

The increasingly intermodal aspects of regional and local transportation are being addressed by RK on an integrated basis. RK staff have prepared detailed studies of on-road and rail transit services, including corridors and stations.

RK has provided assessments of the location, design and travel patterns associated with commuter rail stations in Orange County, San Bernardino County and Kern County. Accommodations for public transportation services, such as bus turnouts and pedestrian access linkages, have been incorporated into many large and small development projects based upon RK inputs.

Parking Studies

RK has completed a number of parking studies for residential, commercial and industrial developments. Studies have included evaluating existing parking demand and the assessment of "shared parking" through the use of ULI shared parking evaluation procedures. Parking management plans have been developed to control parking for high parking generators (i.e. large institutional uses and special events including raceways and concerts).

RK develops creative and innovative methods for maximizing the efficiency of available parking resources. Re-evaluating existing parking facility designs to improve circulation, safety, modify control operations and maximization of parking spaces is also a specialty of the company.

Traffic Engineering

RK provides a full range of traffic engineering capabilities including traffic signal warrant studies, weaving analysis, parking area design, signing and striping, traffic signal design, pedestrian/bicycle studies, and traffic control plans. Work products provided by the firm can include concept plans, improvement plans, construction documents, traffic safety/traffic control studies and recommendations with respect to evaluating traffic control devices and other roadway design features. Traffic design plans are prepared using AutoCAD software to easily interface with other project plans. RK can prepare engineering studies to identify appropriate speed limits based upon radar speed surveys. Field review of existing conditions is an important element of the RK design process.

RK responsibilities can include providing complete traffic engineering plans, specifications and cost estimates; evaluating existing traffic conditions, including traffic control devices; recommending appropriate speed limits based upon radar speed studies, accident history and existing physical conditions; reviewing the need for traffic control devices; sight distance evaluations, including before and after project implementation; evaluation of the need for speed humps as an appropriate roadway design feature and other traffic engineering functions.