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About TEI

Traffic Engineers, Inc. (TEI) is a service-oriented, employee-owned corporation that has successfully provided specialized transportation planning and traffic engineering services to clients, nationally and internationally, since 1969.

Philosophy

TEI understands the important role transportation plays in creating strong, vibrant, connected communities that enjoy a high quality of life and we have aligned our firm’s focus and energy to help our clients achieve these outcomes.

Our Houston, Texas based firm has maintained its track record of strong performance by focusing on our core values: improving the quality of life in the communities where we live and work, and developing great people who deliver excellent and innovative client service.

Design of the public realm and streets has dramatic impacts on the surrounding community. While we understand national standards, we understand that success comes in identifying how your community wants to apply them. TEI advocates context-sensitive design, which is the practice of designing streets with the surrounding land development and a set of goals in mind, developed in conversation with the community.

History

John W. Hudson, Jr. founded Traffic Engineers, Inc. in Houston, Texas in 1969 and began its consulting services with initial contracts with the cities of Pasadena, Longview and Brownsville, Texas. The first traffic engineering services for these cities included the design of centralized computer traffic signal system for Pasadena, design of 25 signalized intersections for Longview, and planning the traffic circulation plan for downtown Brownsville.

TEI expanded and began preparing comprehensive traffic engineering and transportation plans for cities and counties throughout Texas. This earliest clients included cites in the Rio Grande Valley from Laredo to Brownsville and the cities of McAllen, Mission, Hidalgo, San Benito, Weslaco, Harlingen and Edinburg. Concurrently, the firm expanded to work for cities in East Texas including Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Jacksonville, Palestine, Tyler and Marshall and along the Gulf Coast including Houston, Texas City, Galveston, Baytown, Port Arthur, Pasadena and League City. Over the years, the firm also assisted many other cities and counties in implementing new roadway, signal design and operations and safety projects.

The expansion of the firm’s traffic engineering services into the private sector included site planning and access studies for numerous Wal*Mart, Sam’s Club, HEB, and Shell Oil sites as well as many commercial and industrial centers throughout Texas and northern Mexico.

Over time, TEI began to work internationally and participated in design, construction, and operations projects for traffic signal systems in the Caribbean and South America including the cities of Kingston, Jamaica; Lima, Peru; La Paz, Bolivia; San Salvador, El Salvador; Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador; and Guatemala City, Guatemala. These projects included planning studies of their street systems, the design of traffic signal plans, and assisting local contractors with the installation of operation of the traffic signal systems. During these projects unplanned events occurred such as a major earthquake in Guatemala City, multiple coup d’etats in Bolivia, and a revolution in El Salvador.

NAFTA brought a need for planning for international bridges along the US and Mexico border including Fabens, Laredo, Progresso, McAllen, Pharr, Eagle Pass and three international crossings in Cameron County. These studies included origin and destination surveys, bridge alignment alternatives, financial feasibility analyses and environmental assessments.  TEI served as the general project manager of the new international bridge crossing in Brownville known as the Veterans International Bridge at Los Tomates. This project was selected for the Engineering Excellence Award from the Texas Council of Engineering Consultants and the Institute of Transportation Engineers awarded the project the Transportation Achievement Award.

TEI’s early work on computerized traffic signal systems for TxDOT, Laredo, Pasadena, Houston, METRO, Bellaire and others naturally led to an active practice in Intelligent Transportation Systems which continues today.

Domestic projects included work in 23 states for state and federal government agencies. Many of TEI’s transportation studies led to complex roadway design assignments with the city, county, and state governments.  Technical planning studies for the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) included Brownsville, Harlingen, El Paso and the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC).

TEI has had an active intern program with student participation from universities throughout the US. The firm’s alumni have gone on to successful careers in the public sector, engineering and related fields, and the world of business.

Traffic Engineers, Inc. is Texas’ oldest traffic engineering specialty firm.

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