Conversely, an improperly designed system can wreak havoc on our communities. Traffic congestion, increased greenhouse gas emissions, and lack of transportation options are often the result. For example, San Francisco’s Embarcadero and Central freeways and Boston’s Central Artery were once congested nightmares that caused community decay. CHS Founding Principal Chi-Hsin Shao was closely involved in replacing those elevated freeways with grand, pedestrian-friendly boulevards, enhanced transit systems, and open spaces that revitalized neighborhoods. In addition, CHS often collaborates with architects and planners to promote higher density, mixed-use development near transit stations, and walkable developments both domestically and internationally.
We understand that the world is changing, and our transportation systems must adapt to those changes. Some changes are cultural: young professionals in particular prefer dense urban living and rely on transit, bicycling, and walking. Some changes are political: the amount of funding available for improving our transportation systems can be uncertain and unstable. But many changes are technological: Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and autonomous vehicles will continue to influence the way we live, work, and travel.
We believe that technology plays a major role in adapting our transportation systems to our changing world. Our growing staff features Intelligent Transportation Systems specialists who have designed ITS systems for numerous projects including the California High-Speed Rail Project. We research how new technologies can be integrated into public transportation systems, including how TNC services can affect vehicle ownership rates and parking supply, and how autonomous vehicles may benefit our day-to-day travel.
We invite you to explore our track record across our disciplines: Transportation Planning; Transit Planning, Operations, and Design; Traffic Operations and Microsimulations; Traffic Signal Design and Intelligent Transportation Systems; Design-Build Projects; and International Projects.