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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

FHWA Performance Measures Rules Delayed

From the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO): The FHWA published a notice that the new effective dates for both PM2 and PM3 are now March 21, 2017. The official notice can be found here: PM2 and PM3 Delayed Effective Date This notice is consistent with the memo issued on January 20, 2017 regarding the temporary postponement of the effective dates of any, and most new, regulations published that are not yet in effect. I... [Read More]

Friday, February 3, 2017

New Canadian Traffic Monitoring Practices Guide Coming Soon

Attention Canadian traffic monitoring professionals - according to an article posted on the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) website on January 6, 2017 , the TAC's Chief Engineers’ Council has approved a national-level traffic monitoring practices guide.  In the US, the FHWA's Traffic Monitoring Guide is the go-to guidance document for all state highway agencies engaged in traffic monitoring procedures.The article says, "the Guide will ... [Read More]

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The 2016 TMG Updates and an Alternative Method of Calculating AADT

The need for traffic data at the Federal and State levels requires that States develop a well-designed traffic monitoring program to support all business areas. In late 2016 the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) updated the Traffic Monitoring Guide (TMG), which presents recommendations to be used by State departments of transportation (DOTs). These recommendations are intended to improve and advance the future of traffic monitoring while cons... [Read More]

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Our Team Today

Here’s a picture of our team. We’ve grown a lot since our founding in 2003. Since you talk to us, send us emails and Zendesk requests, do web meetings with us, and use our software, we thought you might want to know who we are. Please let us know how MS2 can help you better map, manage and analyze your transportation data sets. Happy New Year from your friends at MS2. Back row (from l to r): Jim Valenta, Laura Creagh, Ben Chen, Lev Wood, J... [Read More]

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

MS2 to Attend 2017 TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 96th Annual Meeting will be held January 8–12, 2017, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C.  The information-packed program is expected to attract more than 12,000 transportation professionals from around the world.If you are planning on attending, please stop by our booth in the exhibit hall.  We are booth #309. Exhibit hours:Sunday, January 8; 4:00 - 7:00 Monday, January 9; 9:0... [Read More]

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Crash Data Misinterpretation

In this fall’s mind-bending sci-fi movie, “Arrival”, a group of American scientists, including a top-notch linguist played by actor Amy Adams, tries to learn an alien language and to teach English to the Aliens.A critical take-away of the movie is the importance of interpretation of written language. In this case the interpretation of a single word, “weapon”. America’s science team pleads with the CIA and armed forces that “weapon” can have numer... [Read More]

Friday, October 14, 2016

Software to Manage NPMRDS Travel Time Data

Having trouble managing and analyzing your free FHWA NHS probe data?You receive monthly travel time data under the FHWA’s National Performance Management Research Data Set (NPMRDS) program. But the files are large and complex making it difficult to map, manage and analyze the data into meaningful performance measures.MS2’s Travel Time Database System imports your monthly 5-minute NPMRDS data and allows you to map and analyze the data the way you ... [Read More]

Friday, October 7, 2016

New Roundabout Study Shows Social Cost Reductions of Vehicle Crashes

Crash Data for Washtenaw County, Michigan Roundabouts Were Studied A new engineering study done on intersection roundabouts in Washtenaw County, Michigan shows their impact in reducing the social costs of vehicle crashes. A senior traffic engineer at MS2 in Ann Arbor, concluded that roundabouts reduce the number of fatal and serious injury crashes where they are used in the County. Using vehicle crash analysis software developed by MS2, the st... [Read More]

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

MS2 Beats Client Service Industry Average

It’s great to have software that solves traffic data management and analysis problems but it’s even better when the user receives quick, responsive client service. That describes MS2 according to Zendesk and an analysis of 107 client service ticket requests submitted between May and August 2016. The charts below come from Zendesk, a leading web-based client service solution and one of the main tools of MS2’s client support system. As soon ... [Read More]

Thursday, April 14, 2016

GIS-T - All Things Geospatial in Transportation

MS2 attended the recent Geospatial Information Systems for Transportation (GIS-T) Symposium in Raleigh, North Carolina. As a vendor, we saw lots of our friends, software users and prospective clients. We learned that annual HPMS data reporting is consuming the time of data monitoring professionals and planners in DOT GIS departments around the country. We also learned that ESRI's Roads and Highways software is increasingly popular with DOT... [Read More]