Traffic, Transit & Parking in a COVID World | ULI Baltimore


2021-06-09T11:00:00 - 2021-06-09T12:00:00

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    Traffic, Transit & Parking in a COVID World – Webinar Topic

    Wes Guckert, PTP



    Despite many aspects of life beginning to return to normal, we will continue to see some longer-term side effects as a result of COVID. Wes Guckert, President & CEO of The Traffic Group, a leading traffic engineering and transportation planning firm headquartered in White Marsh, will touch upon a variety of areas where COVID has upended “normal life” and continuing to impact our daily routines.


    One unfortunate aspect that seems to be lingering is the uptick in pedestrian fatalities as a result of extreme speeding. A recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) shows that the U.S. pedestrian fatality rate rose 20% in the first six months of 2020.


    COVID has also impacted where we work, which has ripple effects when it comes to mass transit use, commuting, and the need for office and parking space. The parking industry continues to struggle as shopping centers remain emptiy and work-from-home becomes a way of life. In response to this and the growing reality that we are unlikely to ever return to normal (several recent surveys indicate that 80% of office workers want to continue working remotely 2-3 days a week), many garage operators are considering repurposing their facilities for other uses or giving up altogether.


    Remote work is one of the trends that employers, workers, and commercial real estate owners all had to adjust to during the pandemic.  It is expected that office property values could drop as much as 50% if work from home remains, based on a recent article in Connected Real Estate Magazine.


    On the other hand, industrial commercial real estate pricing has hit $140 per sq ft.  This has occurred at a time when many facets within commercial real estate are facing financial hardship.  However, industrial development saw a boost in 2020, according to Commercial Edge and reports. 


    In addition, e-commerce is hitting all-time highs, which is putting more delivery vehicle traffic on roads and highways.


    While we are all doing our best to return to “normal,” there are so many aspects of life still in flux, making it hard to pinpoint exactly what the “new normal” looks like.



    Ann Tyler

    Director of Business Development/ULI Baltimore Programs Chair, BCT Design Group

    DIRECTOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - U.S. ANN TYLER Connect Ann Tyler is Director of Business Development (Domestic) at BCT Design Group and leads the firm's business development efforts in the United States, concentrating primarily on the East Coast and in the Mid-Atlantic regions. Ann focuses on mixed-use, often combined with multifamily, senior housing, office and retail, and connects with developers and organizations that can benefit from BCT Design Group’s expertise. Adept at establishing new relationships and maintaining existing relationships, Ann recently launched a speakers’ series on behalf of the firm, introducing clients to new trends and other industry experts. Today Ann co-chairs the Baltimore Urban Land Institute’s Programs Committee, overseeing the development of thought-leadership programming for the Council. She also sits on the Washington, DC, Urban Land Institute’s Trends Conference planning committee. Ann joined BCT Design Group in 2013 and has more than 20 years of experience in business development, marketing, and public relations. She derives the greatest pleasure from working with BCT’s creative team and others in the industry to see sustainable, creative projects come to life through collaboration and smart thinking. Ann received her Bachelor of Arts in European Studies from Vanderbilt University and has traveled extensively throughout Europe. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). She is also active in The Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA) and The Greater Baltimore Committee.


    Wes Guckert

    President and CEO, The Traffic Group, Inc.

    Wes Guckert is a certified Professional Transportation Planner (PTP), a Fellow with the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and a past Instructor in the Office of Executive Education at Harvard University. He presently serves on the Leadership Council of the National Small Business Association (NSBA) and has served in a leadership position for a National Product Council with Urban Land Institute (ULI). Wes is also a member of the Texas A&M Transportation Technology Advisory Council, whose purpose is to advise Texas A&M Engineering on connected and automated transportation research; RELLIS Campus development for transportation technology research and testing; and Texas A&M Campus Transportation Technology Initiative deployment. Mr. Guckert is an expert in traffic engineering and transportation planning. He is a technical adviser in transit planning, traffic impact analysis, traffic signal design, and traffic circulation and access studies. He has played a major role in urban and suburban area projects in the Mid- Atlantic and has consulted on projects throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico, as well as overseas in China, Indonesia, South Africa, Istanbul, and Dubai. As the President and CEO of The Traffic Group, Inc. -- a traffic engineering and transportation planning specialty firm he founded in 1985, after five years working with the Maryland State Highway Administration's Traffic Division—Mr. Guckert has championed automated parking solutions in the United States. Working closely with system manufacturers, Wes and his team provide project pro forma, queuing analysis (to determine the number of bays and lifts needed for maximum efficiency, and conceptual plans. With nearly 9,000 projects under his belt, Wes has learned the value of patience, plainspoken explanations and precise questions in winning over skeptical citizens on even the most controversial projects. He has also spoken at numerous conferences and workshops about automated parking, and other traffic-related topics. Mr. Guckert is sought after to provide presentations to various community and government associations. He travels throughout the U.S. speaking on the topics of self-driving vehicles, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems, traffic calming measures and automated/mechanical parking systems.