Mike Brown

Mike Brown

Founder, President, Traffic Management Expert

Mike is an “outside the box” problem solver. 

  • Original ideas recognized as first in the nation
  • Complete Streets expert
  • Unique focus on Place-Making Alternative Intersections
  • PI for NCHRP 08-124, Impacts of Corridor Management Strategies
  • Founded AlternativeIntersections.org
  • Created StreetPlan.net
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CONTACT

mbrown@metroanalytics.com

CERTIFICATIONS

PE, AICP

  • Roadway and transit forecasting
  • Transit planning
  • Innovative intersection conceptual design
  • Land-use-transportation interaction
  • Founded Metro Analytics
  • CNUUtah’s 2017 Regional Achievement Award
  • Course Instructor, University of Utah
  • Designed web visualizations
  • Lead NCHRP Corridor Evaluation
  • NCHRP Right-Sizing Guidance
  • Utah Transit Authority New Starts Proposals
  • StreetPlan.net, WFRC’s Complete Street Tool
  • B.S., M.S., Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University, 1997
  • 20 years, engineering and planning
  • PE
  • AICP


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.


Projects

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!

Daybreak Transit-Land Use Optimization, Kennecott Land (2012) – With deep knowledge of transit planning and what it takes to attract transit riders, Mike assisted KLC design a plan that can be supported by UTA and FTA, ultimately phasing into a world-class system.

Las Vegas Mixed-Use Circulation Needs Study, (2009) – Mike identified an array of roadway, transit, and other actions to reduce congestion and fit a pedestrian-friendly mixed-use context on Las Vegas Blvd! Stakeholders found Mike’s concepts refreshingly innovative.

Salt Lake Downtown Transit Plan, Utah Transit Authority (2009) – Mike developed justification for light rail extension options, developed the concept and location for a Bus Passenger Center, Branded Bus Corridors, and provided analysis of the roll of streetcars in Downtown.

WFRC-MAG Model Application / Visualization Upgrades. With 8- years at WFRC developing & applying models, Mike is often called upon to develop tools that tell stories. See MetroScape.net for examples.

Course Instructor, University of Utah (2012-2018) – Assists Dr. Reid Ewing as an adjunct professor teaching travel demand modeling and analysis techniques to urban planning and civil engineering students.

UDOT Land Use Visualization, (2012) Are traffic models in error due to poor land use forecasts? Mike developed 3-D visualization for visual confirmation of accuracy and to help people “see” future growth.

Daybreak Master Plan, Kennecott Land Corp. (2008-2018) – Mike helps oversee demand analysis and contributes to roadway and transit design in this nationally renowned Smart Growth development.

San Diego Independent Transit Review, San Diego Association of Governments (2006) – San Diego’s modeling process was projecting a doubling of transit’s share of the market by 2030, raising some eyebrows. Mike’s independent review of modeling approaches, algorithms, and parameters led to acceptable means to fix problems in the model.

eBart Rail Extension EIS, San Francisco Bay, (2006), Ridership Task Leader: Mike developed defensible ridership forecasts for various transit alternatives including express buses, BRT, extension of the existing heavy rail, and the locally preferred extension of a less expensive DMU passenger rail system.

West Davis Shared Solution, (2014-2016) – Aided Utahns for Better Transportation and UDOT in crafting strategies to reduce congestion through community-building projects that foster transit-supportive land uses and attract jobs to the area.

UDOT Land Use Forecast Research (2011-2012) – Land use forecasts affect transportation forecasts, so it is critical to have confidence that future land use estimates are consistent with local plans and regional visions. Mike developed automated tools to reveal anomalies in statewide land use forecasts, along with 3D strategies to view the results in Google Earth.

Sustainable Communities Planning Grant, SL County Consortium, (2010) – The US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development held a competition to award up to $5-million to regional consortiums to advance their plans for sustainable development. The Utah consortium hired Mike and a few others talented in writing proposals to develop their grant application. We won! – ranked top three nationally, of over 1000 proposals!

Envision Utah / WFRC 3% Strategy – What would happen if 33% of the region’s future growth occurred on just 3% of its most transit-accessible land? There would be at least 10% less region-wide VMT, which translates into $7-billion in infrastructure savings.

“Life on State” Livable Corridor Vision, SL County / WFRC, (2010) – This study sets the stage for State’s revitalization as a mixed-use, transit oriented, livable corridor. Mike generated innovative intersections that improve traffic flow, while at the same time improving the multi-modal environment.

5600 West Bus Rapid Transit Design, UTA, (2010) – UTA intends to build a BRT line within a busy arterial street, and was intrigued by the opportunity that innovative intersections could provide to foster a transit oriented environment, and also maintain good traffic flow. 

APTA Study for EDRG (2014) – Helped demonstrate that transit accessibility is key to helping the country’s most valuable technology innovation districts maintain access to markets and talent.

NCHRP Right-Sizing Guidance (2017-2018) – Assisted EDRG to document approaches for analyzing when and how to right-size various infrastructure investments that may be out of sync with changing needs.


Education & History

Education

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

CERTIFICATIONS

Utah Professional Engineer #334508-2202

Institute of Transportation Engineers, Professional Transportation Planner #021647

EXPERIENCE

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

SPECIALTIES

  • Roadway and transit forecasting
  • Transit planning
  • Innovative intersection conceptual design
  • Land-use-transportation interaction
  • Corridor planning/preservation


Achievements

StreetPlan.net

Make realistic, dynamic pictures worth a thousand static pictures, to draw participants in and help them quickly emotionalize just how bland and auto-oriented their existing streets are. They then get excited to use StreetPlan to craft them into something more livable. Many are calling it a “game changer” or a “killer app” because it is so simple and useful. Some cities report saving thousands of dollars now that they don’t need to hire architects to create cross-section renderings.

Alternative 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.