Chicago Metropolis 2020
The Commercial Club of Chicago, a prominent business and civic organization in the Chicago Area, undertook a planning and visioning process to address a number of longstanding concerns in the region, including sprawl, land consumption, equitable economic opportunity, and urban decay. The Chicago Metropolis Plan: Choices for the Chicago Region was released approximately 100 years after the famous Burnham Plan of Chicago, which was also an effort of the Commercial Club of Chicago. SMI has prepared alternative transportation networks and strategies and developed indicators to assess the system’s performance in mobility and environmental goals. More information available on the Chicago Metropolis 2020 web sites: www.chicagometropolis2020.org and www.metropolisplan.org

Envision Central Texas
SMI is part of a consultant team for this public/private partnership’s regional visioning project for the five-county Austin, Texas region, which is projected to grow from about 1.25 million people currently to 2.5 million people within 30 years. SMI’s work includes building a regional travel demand model that is more sensitive to transportation infrastructure and land use (both microscale and macroscale). It also includes developing transportation scenarios that are paired with four alternative land use scenarios, and evaluating these scenarios with performance measures including system capacity, system safety, and system reliability. More information on Envision Central Texas can be found at www.envisioncentraltexas.org

Baltimore Vision 2030
Smart Mobility is working with a coalition of organizations, including the Baltimore Metropolitan Planning Council, the Baltimore Regional Partnership, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, the Urban League, and others to develop a future vision for the Baltimore area. Smart Mobility, Inc. is working with ACP Visioning and Planning, Inc., and has developed alternative future land use and transportation scenarios, modeled these scenarios, and prepared social and environmental indicators for each.

US 202 Alternative Plan
Working for several townships in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, SMI has prepared an alternative plan for improvement of National Highway System US 202 through the county, which is currently proposed to become a four lane expressway. Using the latest research on traffic engineering, a plan incorporating arterial traffic calming, new street connections, and roundabouts at some intersections has been prepared that will meet performance standards and better address community goals. Development of the plan included analysis of the area’s network of roads, and optimizing performance during the peak hour, while avoiding the negative effects of road improvements such as induced traffic and environmental impacts.

Route 41 Two Lane Plan
SMI is working with a concerned citizens group in Chester County, Pennsylvania, to develop and analyze a two-lane alternative plan to a proposed four-lane road widening project on a National Highway System route through a rural agricultural area. The plan incorporates many design features to allow for safe, efficient intersection operations, and compatibility with the community plans. Features such as roundabouts at major intersections and traffic calming in the historic village areas are included in the plan. This two-lane plan is proposed to be included in an ongoing Environmental Impact Statement for Route 41, being prepared by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. For more information see www.save41.org

Partial List of Clients
Audubon Naturalist Society
Baltimore Regional Partnership
Chicago Metropolis 2020
Chittenden County (VT) Metropolitan Planning Organization
Conservation Law Foundation
Environmental Defense
Environmental Law and Policy Center
Envision Central Texas
Neighbors for Bucks County Preservation
River Fields (Louisville, KY)
Safety, Agriculture, Villages and Environment (S.A.V.E.)
Sierra Club
Solebury Township (PA)
Town of Barnard (VT)