MS2 Blog

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Traffic Crash Location System Feature: Network Screening

MS2 has enhanced the Network Screening functionality of our Traffic Crash Location System (TCLS). Network screening is a process for reviewing a transportation network to identify and rank sites from most likely to least likely to realize a reduction in crash frequency with implementation of countermeasures. Those sites identified as most likely to realize a reduction in crash frequency are studied in more detail to identify crash patterns, con... [Read More]

Monday, June 7, 2021

Case Study: How the Michigan Department of Transportation uses MS2 Non-Motorized Database System

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) utilizes MS2 Non-Motorized Database System (NMDS) in support of its Nonmotorized Monitoring Program. MDOT published a report prepared by Toole Design and the University of North Carolina’s Highway Safety Research Center that documents the development of MDOT’s Non-Motorized Monitoring Program and how they use MS2 NMDS in this project.

Friday, March 5, 2021

NCHRP Report Advises “Be Nimble”

In the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) report titled Foreseeing the Impact of Transformational Technologies on Land Use and Transportation, new transportation-related technologies are reviewed and their applications in the transportation sector are explored. Since 2003, MS2 has worked with over 270 agencies, and based on our experience, we offer another view of NCHRP’s perspective.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Kimberly R. Durliat Promoted to Director of Finance and Partner

MS2 is pleased to announce the promotion of Kimberly R. Durliat, CPA, to Director of Finance and Partner. She joined MS2 in 2019 as the Manager of Business Operations, bringing over 25 years in financial management. Congratulations, Kim!

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

MS2 Wins 2020 MichBusiness Award

MS2 was recognized as one of the Best of MichBusiness in the category of outstanding leadership of Michigan businesses in a time of a crisis and social and economic uncertainty. We were honored to receive a Crystal Award during the Best of MichBusiness Awards Show virtual celebration on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. We were nominated for our successful approach toward helping people understand the impact of COVID-19 on American lives as well a... [Read More]

Friday, November 6, 2020

Announcing MS2 Publication Database

MS2’s Transportation Data Management System (TDMS) helps customers manage their data through the entire data lifecycle – planning, collection, quality control, storage, analysis, and reporting. Our Traffic Count module allows customers to analyze the data from many different angles and includes more than 200 different reports. When customers have specific requirements for reports that aren’t met by one of the existing reports, we’ll often build a... [Read More]

Friday, October 9, 2020

New Study: Economic and Crash Impacts of Traffic Roundabouts: A Real-World Analysis

Modern roundabout intersections have received a lot of attention in recent years. While traffic professionals like roundabouts, the general public is more skeptical. Initial reactions to proposed roundabout intersections have been met with a variety of public comment ranging from unbridled enthusiasm to total disdain. Following construction, discussions typically evolve into identifying difficulties in traversing modern roundabout intersections a... [Read More]

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

MS2’s Non-Motorized Database System Module Got Even Smarter.

Traffic engineers or planners use MS2’s Non-Motorized Database System (NMDS) to manage, store, and analyze bicycle and pedestrian data For the public, NMDS provides a dashboard-level summary of the system and an easy-to-use map showing data collection locations. For the engineer, tools are available to maintain, review, and report data at any pathway. From bike lanes to pathways to sidewalks to trails, the NMDS module helps manage non-motorized ... [Read More]

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

National Traffic Is Back Up and May Exceed Pre-COVID-19 Levels

**Traffic Volume is No Longer at Historical Lows** In the United States, overall national traffic volumes were at their lowest level on April 5, 2020, when total traffic was down 52% versus the prior year. Nation-wide truck traffic was at its lowest level on April 10, with truck traffic down 20%. On May 29, overall traffic volumes in the US were only down 19.1% versus last year, with national truck volumes only down 4.2%. According to ... [Read More]

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Lev Wood retires from MS2

Lev Wood, one of the longest serving staff members at MS2, is retiring from the firm effective May 1, 2020. He will be replaced as Director of Business Development by Kimberly McDonald Baker. Lev was known to his clients as the organizer of MS2’s productive bi-annual DOT User Conferences and social events including the firm’s NaTMEC client dinner receptions. Over his 16-years of service, Lev attended popular industry trade shows where he i... [Read More]