Campus Parking Plan
Our client is a large California university which is growing rapidly. They sought to convert some of their surface parking lots into a livable community with residential, office and retail spaces. The goal was to ensure a livable and active community beyond just the daytime hours.
Our team was tasked with finding replacement parking and assessing the feasibility of a new parking structure. We worked with a multidisciplinary team of architects, parking designers, landscape architects and civil engineers to revise the campus circulation plans, investigate the various modes of travel, and study the accessibility and circulation of the new garage.
Not only did we provide a plan for replacement parking, but we also provided recommendations to enhance overall accessibility, circulation and transportation network company (e.g., Uber/Lyft) pickup and drop-off areas.
Mixed-Use Specific Plan
Our client was a Southern California City and an industrial builder. Working with a team composed of City staff, environmental consultants and project owners, we prepared the transportation impact analysis of a large mixed-use development project. The project includes office, retail, a hotel, and industrial uses. While the City was asking for certainty in terms of developable lands (land uses), the project owners needed the flexibility to allow them to market and sell their developments.
Our team developed over 20 different trip generation scenarios to show the project team members the various plausible cases. We proposed developing the study (the transportation element of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)) based on the most-plausible (yet more conservative approach). By doing that we satisfied the City’s requirements for some certainty, and also the project owner’s needs for flexibility of changing the land uses as long as the total trips generated are below a given threshold.
Both entities signed off on the approach for the project to move forward.
For over 15 years, GTS team members have been identifying mobility technologies and helping bring them to market. Our solutions are often software solutions that provide leapfrogging methods of addressing existing mobility issues. We provide tools that make it easier and more cost-effective for transportation professionals to do their work.
Our team has been pivotal in one of the larger simulation and modeling software providers gaining a larger market share. We provided strategic support, training and consultancy services. The product was adopted by various departments of transportation as their modeling tool and consequently various consultants serving these agencies are also using it.
Public Private Partnership (PPP) Advisory Services
The Ministry of Transportation in a developing country was approached by Chinese investors to build a critical railroad segment between the capital and a major mining source in return for raw iron material.
As part of a team we were retained by the Ministry to develop an Outline Business Case (OBC) to assess the basic parameters of the project and assist the client in deciding whether to go forward and the best ways to do that.
We carried out a technical review of the proposed project and built a travel demand model to forecast the competition between rail and road modes. The model was used also in carrying out the economic feasibility and commercial/financial reviews. We reviewed the types of PPP models, the associated risks and rewards and the needs of government support and/or guarantees.
The Ministry adopted our recommended model, using it in negotiations. It also set the basis for the transaction advisory services.