Monday, February 15, 2010

Transit Signal Priority in Boulder

I worked on this project and wasn't able to take the project to implementation unfortunately. This is disappointing one of the key frustrations was that so much of the work in consulting didn't lead to building something or making it better. I found myself trying to make the perfect decision. Hopefully, the new team on the job can build a project that meets the needs of Boulder County.

I blame the missed opportunity on the old cost benefit analysis which stifles the ability of engineers to make decisions. At times, we ask for these analyses when we want to make sure we're doing the right things, yet we don't ask for these to study some of things we already do. Taking into account the environment is a significant challenge and there's a lot of guess work that's going to be necessary in the short-term to make good decisions for our world.

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