Traffic Impact Studies

STUCK ON TRAFFIC

Since I’ve worked as an intern, I’ve always wondered what the traffic analyst, a transportation engineering major who just graduated, at our work does, although I understood that Traffic Impact Studies — often referred to as “the TIS” for a project — were required for projects that potentially impacted traffic within the cities or counties.

The Guidelines for Traffic Impact Studies in the City of Fresno (linked below) can be used an example. This document includes criteria used to determine if TIS’s are required on a project. Projects that need TIS’s require a traffic analysis to be performed based on the traffic conditions as set by Fresno’s current 2025 General Plan. The Traffic Engineering Department recommends Synchro, a traffic simulations software, for analysis for the TIS. There are many details mentioned that reinforce the document’s main assertion that the guidelines are meant merely as a guide and that only an…

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