Traffic Count Season
TMACOG’s summer traffic interns are traveling TMACOG’s transportation planning area collecting 2016 traffic counts on area roads and updating the GIS file that locates K-12 schools. Their work keeps data used by planners current and correct.
TMACOG interns Tim Kosmyna and Ryan Kelly spend most of their time setting out air hoses on area roads and connecting the data collectors. They collect information on the number of vehicles, their type, and their speed. When 48 hours of data has been recorded Kosmyna and Kelly pick up the counters and load the data to the TMACOG traffic count database system. The vacuum hoses measure speed of a vehicle by measuring the difference in time between when the front wheels hit the first hose and when they hit the second hose. They measure type of vehicle (car or truck) by measuring the distance between the front axle and second axle.
Kosmyna is a graduate student at the University of Toledo in Geography and Planning. He is a teaching assistant and has had an internship with the Toledo-Lucas County Planning Commissions. He will graduate in May of 2017 and will look for a career where he can use his GIS and Urban Planning education.
This is Kelly’s second summer as a TMACOG intern. He recently graduated from Bowling Green State University with his master’s in Geography. He is looking for another internship, hoping to explore his interest in the environment and natural sciences. He sees a lot of potential for combining GIS with environmental studies.