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The Monday Morning Commute: Ask the traffic engineer; predicting future traffic volumes

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By Paul Basha, traffic engineer, Summit Land Management

How do developers predict future traffic volumes and parking demand for proposed developments so they know what street improvements to build?

Paul Basha of Summit Land Management knows. Traffic has been counted at the driveways and parking areas at existing developments throughout the United States and Canada for the past 40 years. These extensive data are published by the Institute of Transportation Engineers for use by traffic engineers to predict traffic volumes and parking demand for proposed developments.

Basha is one of only three traffic professionals to serve on four separate United States and Canada review committees for the most recent publications. (The other two individuals were paid by the Institute of Transportation Engineers.) He was one of 35 transportation professionals on the review panel for the 5th Edition of Parking Generation Manual, published January 2019.

He was one of 34 transportation professionals on the review panel for the 10th Edition of Trip Generation Manual, published September 2017. He also provided traffic data for this publication from several land uses, including charter schools, local and regional parks, and spring training baseball stadiums.  

Basha was one of 44 transportation professionals who “ … contributed to the writing of all or portions of original chapters for the 3rd Edition of Trip Generation Handbook, published in September 2017. Paul was also invited to serve as one of 16 transportation professionals to provide technical expertise on the ITE High-Cube Warehouse Trip Generation Expert Panel, whose final report was published in October 2016.  

Metropolitan Phoenix is fortunate to have the only volunteer transportation professional to serve on all four of these professional committees, whose exclusive purpose was to assist traffic engineers and governmental agencies predict future traffic volume and parking demand for proposed developments.  


Call or e-mail Paul at (480) 505-3931 and pbasha@summitlandmgmt.com

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