Mike Brown, PE, PTP, AICP
Founder, Traffic & Placemaking Expert
Mike is an "outside the box" problem solver.
Original ideas constructed as first in the nation.
Complete Street, Livable Streets Expert
TRB's Alternative Intersections Committee (AKD80)
Specialties of Excellence
Mike is an "outside the box" problem solver. As a former MPO travel demand modeler and current mixed-use property owner, he is well-versed in both the positive and negative impacts of urban mobility design options. Mike is an inventive systems designer, with many original ideas recognized as "first in state" or "first in nation." Mike is a Complete Streets expert, with a unique focus on what he calls "Placemaking Alternative Intersections" that can handle high traffic levels, but also rejuvenate struggling adjacent uses.
Mike founded Metro Analytics in 2009, which has since emerged as a nationally competitive firm specializing in travel demand modeling, economic impact analysis, freight planning, and stakeholder partnership frameworks that are necessary for complex projects to move forward. With a passion for sustainable development and a need to reduce administrative effort associated with a large company, Mike retired from Metro to focus more directly on right-sizing design and implementation strategies for clients from the much smaller Urban Innovators.
Mike's work has been featured in many articles at StrongTowns.org, and his co-authored right-sizing article was the fourth most read article of 2020 in APA's Planning Magazine. Mike's efforts to adapt Alternative Intersections to support livable mixed-use environments was noticed by the Transportation Research Board, and he was invited to serve on their Alternative Intersections Committee (AKD80).
Mike designed the popular StreetPlan.net cross-section right-sizing tool, used by thousands worldwide. His travel demand modeling has helped the Salt Lake area secure federal funding for numerous transit projects.
Utah-Based Travel Demand Modeling (1998 to 2022): With 8-years at WFRC developing & applying models, Mike is often called upon for forecasts and tools that tell stories and to help secure transit funding.
NCDOT, Adapting Alternative Intersections to Urban Environments (2021-22): Mike is the project manager for devising design guidelines, graphical renderings, and operational and safety analysis to demonstrate how North Carolina can better accommodate community goals for walkable environments. Below is a Bowtie intersection fit to walkable mixed-use areas.
“Mike Brown has provided great national leadership. He is pioneering new strategies, including alternative intersections, that both improve traffic flow and catalyze walkable development.”
– Joseph E. Hummer, PhD, PE, NCDOT Chief Traffic Management Engineer, and World’s leading authority on Alternative Intersections
Utah County Grid-Based Buildout Master Architecture (2018): Mike led the effort to develop methodologies for right-sizing regional networks, and included it as a national best practice in NCHRP 917. He applied the process to Utah County, and their MPO reports most communities are modifying their plans accordingly
“Mike's new approach to right-sizing regional networks has been a game-changer in Utah County. Our communities see the wisdom not only for automobiles, but also for transit and active modes. We should have been doing this 30 years ago.”
- Shawn Seager, Planning Director, Mountainland Association of Governments
Education and History
B.S., M.S., Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University, 1997
Professional Engineer (PE): UT, #334508-2202 NC, #048332
ITE Prof. Trans. Planner (PTP)
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) #021647
Eagle Scout, 2-yr church service mission in Sao Paulo, Brazil
8-years with Wasatch Front Regional Council, MPO for Salt Lake Area
3-years Wilbur Smith Associates (now CDM-Smith)
13-years freelancing and company-building with WCG, Metro Analytics, and Urban Innovators
Father of four boys and three girls