Cambridge Systematics taps into a diverse group of multimodal safety experts to execute research, policy development and analysis, and curriculum development and evaluation that address infrastructure and behavioral safety challenges. We have tremendous experience conducting objective research, developing informative reports on cutting edge transportation safety planning topics, and documenting noteworthy practices to advance our traffic safety partners’ programs.
System and Asset Planning
Safety issues present an ongoing challenge for agencies and decision-makers. We offer guidance across the spectrum of safety performance measurement and target setting, conducting analysis, identifying best practices, leading peer exchanges, and developing tools and frameworks for target setting.
The systemic approach to safety analysis identifies transportation system characteristics or risk factors that are associated with particular crashes. Risk factors can be characteristics such as curve radius, number of travel lanes, shoulder type and width, or form of intersection control in combination with pedestrian and bicycle facilities. CS is a leader in using systemic analysis to identify risk factors and characteristics and guide decision-makers in prioritizing locations for safety treatments.
Clients bring their most critical and complicated safety issues to CS for our deep expertise and proven, data-driven methodologies. From conducting network analysis, to developing countermeasures against safety risks, to incorporating safety data into the planning and performance management process, Cambridge Systematics helps agencies maximize safety investments to save lives.
Beginning with sound research, road safety is influenced by key engineering decisions in the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operation of a roadway. Understanding the relationship between traffic safety engineering, driver behavior, and implementation of cost effective safety improvements is one of our key strengths.
Transportation decision-makers understand that, in this age of 24-hour instant news, the outreach and communications aspect of safety is critical.
A significant number of crashes occur on rural/local roads where it is often difficult to isolate high-crash locations. Often the lanes on these roads are narrow, shoulders are absent, the clear zone is nonexistent, pavement markings and signage are worn and/or obsolete, and to compound all this, resources for fixing them are limited or not available. We understand the technical, financial and human resource challenges confronting the local and rural safety communities.
Whether allocating existing funds or making the case for more funding, transportation agencies are facing increasing pressure to demonstrate accountability by measuring and reporting the impact of resource allocation decisions on transportation performance.
Climate change and extreme weather are pressing issues for transportation agencies. Stressors can be unpredictable, and vary across regions. CS integrates climate change resiliency into transportation planning activities, a more effective—and cost-effective—approach than taking sporadic steps toward adaptation. Our research, risk assessment and analysis are instrumental in protecting transportation systems and assets.
Cambridge Systematics is a recognized leader in conducting multimodal transportation system and corridor plans and studies for complex projects throughout the country. We have led major investment studies, environmental impact statements (EIS), alternatives analysis and feasibility studies for all transportation modes at the state, regional, corridor and subarea levels. Our expertise spans highway and roadway circulation, high-speed rail, commuter rail, light rail, bus rapid transit, bus service, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and traffic operations analysis.