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Transportation Planning

Transportation Planning

Transportation Planning is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding existing conditions, identifying current and future needs, and developing infrastructure and policy recommendations that support a community's vision. An effective transportation plan is grounded in data, yields implementable solutions, and reflects the priorities of all community members.

The Isthmus planning team specializes in:

  • policy development and implementation
  • funding and programming
  • multimodal project development
  • geospatial analysis and data analytics
  • multimodal needs identification and prioritization

Our collaborative approach emphasizes mode integration, inclusive and meaningful public engagement, and consent building with agencies and community members. Our planners bring their experience partnering with engineers and policymakers to develop, fund, and deliver some of Minnesota’s largest and most complex transportation investments. We embrace first and last mile connections as the foundation of transportation demand and as the basis of an equitable and inclusive transportation system. We partner with our clients to deliver implementable plans that integrate community development, planning, engineering, construction, operations, and maintenance.

Areas of Specialty

Programming & Funding
Programming and funding are complex, ever-changing facets of infrastructure development, operations, and maintenance. Whether it be demonstration of fiscal constraint for MPO Long Range Transportation Plans (LRTPs), preparation of federally-compliant financial plans, Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs), or grant writing, Isthmus planners have the knowledge and experience to guide clients through the full breadth of project planning, programming, and funding.  

Performance-Based Project Development
Our planners offer performance-based management in all phases of project delivery —from partnering with agencies in policy development and implementation, to developing Congestion Management Process (CMP) plans, to investment planning, to engaging with communities and businesses in final design, construction, and operations. Isthmus planners leverage GIS analysis, data analytics, and community engagement as key tools in the evaluation of project and policy needs and development of recommendations.

Active Transportation
Building on the recognized expertise of our Isthmus ADA Design team, our Planning practice seeks to advance industry Accessibility for All, Safe Systems, Complete Streets, Performance Based Practical Design, Context Sensitive Solutions, Sustainability, and Vision Zero approaches through planning and design of roadways, MnDOT ADA compliance, tailored bicycle facility designs, and transit connections.

Engagement
At Isthmus, we understand that capturing community voices in a planning process requires deliberate, context-sensitive, and culturally responsive engagement. Our planners bring experience in hosting a range of engagement activities, gathering feedback, synthesizing input, and incorporating results. The Isthmus team is adept at in-person and digital engagement leveraging tools such as Social Pinpoint, MetroQuest, and ArcGIS Online.

Traffic
Isthmus offers traffic analysis and engineering services — from early planning through final design and implementation. Read more.

Featured Experience

  • MnDOT Priority Pedestrian Safety Improvements (PAWS)

    Statewide, MN
  • TH 10 Multimodal Corridor Study

    Stearns and Sherburne Counties, MN
  • North Metro Highway 169 Multimodal Study

    Hennepin County, MN

Featured Team Members

Mary Karlsson, PTP, PE

Mary values and embraces all modes of transportation and believes each one serves an important market. Her passion is partnering with clients to identify and deliver performance-based transportation improvements that meet the needs of multiple stakeholders and project partners.

Pamela Fincher, PTP, EIT

Pamela is an experienced project manager with a diverse resume in providing bicycle and pedestrian engineering and transportation planning. She has designed U.S. bike routes, created policies, plans, and guides, and served on multimodal councils, gaining experience from MnDOT and Michigan DOT.

Pravin Dhakal, PE

Pravin's breadth of design experience is complimented by the depth of his intellect. He's that guy who writes an algorithm to compute the digits of pi, but then memorizes them anyway. He brings a unique combination of geometric design, 3D modeling, and traffic analysis skills to teams.

Zach Chappell, AICP

Zach blends his planning and analytical skills together with a relaxed attitude and warm personality. With expertise in ArcGIS, SteetLight, and data collection technology, Zach is passionate about leveraging the power of geospatial analysis.