Justin Scott

Justin Scott

Multimodal, Freight, Investment

Justin Scott has thirteen years of statewide and regional planning experience spanning multi-modal passenger, freight and investment plans of all kinds and understands how to develop grant applications and FAST Act compliant plans that are useful tools to the DOTs for which they were developed including integrating innovative project prioritization strategies to guide future freight investments based on a qualitative and quantitative-driven approach to evaluating individual project merit motivated by project goals and objectives.

  • Multimodal Freight Planning
  • Project Prioritization Tool Development
  • Private Sector Stakeholder Engagement
  • Grant Writing Leadership
  • County and Sub-Regional Policy
  • Long-Range System Planning
  • Freight System Planning
  • Project Prioritization
  • Performance Measures
  • Economic Impact Analysis
  • 12 years, planning and Economics
  • 5+ Years Management Experience
  • Lead NCHRP Corridor Evaluation
  • NCHRP Right-Sizing Guidance
  • Utah Transit Authority New Starts Proposals
  • StreetPlan.net, WFRC’s Complete Street Tool
  • S., Urban Studies, University of Minnesota, 2006
  • 20 years, engineering and planning
  • American Institute of Certified Planners
  • American Planning Association
  • Georgia Planning Association

Specialties of Excellence

Mike is an “outside the box” problem solver. As a former MPO travel demand modeler and current commercial property investor, he is well-versed in both the positive and negative land-use impacts of urban mobility design options. Mike is an inventive systems designer, with many original ideas recognized as “first in state” or “first in the nation.” Mike is also a “Complete Streets” expert, with a unique focus on utilizing what he calls “Place-Making Alternative Intersections” to create environments that can rejuvenate struggling adjacent uses. Mike founded www.AlternativeIntersections.org to promote awareness of designs such as Continuous Flow Intersections, Diverging Diamond Interchanges, Quadrants, Thru-Turns, Bowties, and even “Squareabouts.” Mike is currently serving as Principal Investigator for NCHRP 08-124, Impacts of Corridor Management Strategies, in part due to his development of next-generation strategies for managing traffic in people-friendly ways. Mike also created www.StreetPlan.net to enable average stakeholders to weigh in on project development concepts.

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Mike has led analysis for several successful FTA New Start and Small Start grants. Mike has extensive experience in system redesign to optimize riders per revenue-mile. He is a national leader in Complete Streets and redesigning suburban intersections to work better for traffic while at the same time creating a platform to catalyze walkable mixed-uses.


Utah Transit Authority New Starts Proposals, (1999-2018)

Mike has helped estimate transit ridership that was key to funding FrontRunner, Trax, and the Provo-Orem BRT (currently under construction).

UTA Transit Network Study (2012)

Land use scenarios for aggressive TOD vs. sprawl; Cube algorithms to obtain new ridership stats and to estimate system capital and operating costs; Authored first-mile / lastmile, general transit circulation enhancement methods documents.

UTA Clearfield / Layton Transit Circulator Study (2013)

Mike led these communities to develop a vision that gained good support from all involved, including UTA.

StreetPlan.net, WFRC’s Complete Street Tool (2014-2018)

Drag and drop to “build your own Complete Street” cross-sections. Received CNUUtah’s 2017 Regional Achievement Award!

Education & History


B.S., M.S., Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University, 1997


Utah Professional Engineer #334508-2202

Institute of Transportation Engineers, Professional Transportation Planner #021647


  • 20 years, engineering and planning
  • 8 at Wasatch Front Regional Council, Salt Lake’s Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • 12 years as Private Consultant


  • Roadway and transit forecasting
  • transit planning
  • innovative intersection conceptual design
  • land-use-transportation interaction
  • corridor planning/preservation


Innovative Intersections


Have you ever been stuck blocks away from a busy intersection, then inched forward watching the light ahead turn green and red several times before you even reach the front of the line? This is frequently because a single traditional signal simply has too many jobs to do. As traffic grows, left turn arrows are added for safety. But these arrows add inefficiency, complexity, and pedestrian uncertainty. It all translates into fewer vehicles able to traverse the intersection. To compensate, planners and engineers have historically seen little choice but to resort to expensive and destructive solutions such as adding more lanes or even bridges.