Transportation Planning

Trail and Greenway Plans
Multi-Modal Network Plans
Corridor Studies
Transit Oriented Development (TOD)
Station Plans
First/Last Mile Transit Access
Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
Complete Street Plans
Green Infrastructure
Placemaking and Streetscapes

Transportation Engineering

Active Transportation Program (ATP) Projects
Rail to Trails
Rail with Trails
CPUC/GO 88-B Permitting for At-Grade Crossings
River and Waterfront Trails
On-Street Bike Facilities
Class IV Cycle Tracks
Buffered Bike Lanes
Complete Streets Infrastructure
Roundabouts and Traffic Circles
Roadway Design

A Multidiscipline Approach to Transportation

Established in 1974 in San Luis Obispo, RRM is a multidiscipline firm focused on transportation planning, design, and engineering. With a team of over 135 professionals, RRM primarily serves public agencies throughout California integrating transitional transportation planning concepts with actionable infrastructure designs to continue shifting California’s transportation modes towards sustainability.

On the planning front, RRM develops Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects, corridor studies, Safe Routes to School (SRTS) plans, station plans, first and last mile systems, and multi-modal network master plans. On the design and engineering front, we prepare construction document packages for multiuse trails, rail trails, greenways, on-street bike facilities, complete streets, roundabouts, traffic circles, and roadways.

With over 100 state and federally funded transportation projects completed, many of those funded through the Active Transportation Program (ATP), RRM carries each project from preliminary design, through environmental clearance, into final engineering design, and then construction. We do this through consistent and proactive management of RRM’s staff and our trusted subconsultant team of environmental, geotechnical, soil remediation, traffic, rail, and cost management firms.

Important Safety Note: RRM’s design, engineering, and survey staff are eRailSafe certified to work within active rail corridors and keep our team, rail operators, and the public safe.

Mike Sherrod

RRM’s Transportation Group is led by Mike Sherrod. As a licensed California landscape architect and LEED Accredited Professional with over two decades of experience in design consulting to public agencies, Mike and the team develop innovative solutions for active transportation systems, multiuse trails, complete streets programs, and multi-modal network plans.

Featured Projects

Santa Cruz Rail Trail (Segment 7)

RRM Design Group is leading an effort on behalf of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission to develop a braided trail network with the rail corridor serving as a continuous multiuse trail spine to provide alternative transportation and coastal access along Santa Cruz County’s 40-mile-long coast. Implementation of this key transportation corridor will allow greater transportation options to more than 80 parks, 25 schools, and over half of the county’s population who live within 1 mile of the corridor. RRM completed the construction documents for the 1.4 mile first phase, currently under construction. RRM is preparing the documents for the remaining .8 mile long segment. Together, the 2.2 mile-long segment runs through the City of Santa Cruz and includes 12 at-grade trail crossings, pedestrian and bike bridges, extensive retaining walls, and flood control facilities.

Santa Clarita Regional Commuter Rail Trail

Working with the City of Santa Clarita in an effort to provide alternative transportation opportunities and expanded recreational amenities for the community, RRM Design Group’s team provided design, engineering, environmental, and permitting services to prepare the preliminary design package, construction plans, specifications, and cost estimates for a Class I, multiuse trail along the Santa Clara River. The project included the conversion of the abandoned Union Pacific railroad corridor into a regional commuter trail, and required retrofitting a 100-year-old steel trestle bridge to carry cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians over the river. The multiuse trail connects to the city’s rich regional multiuse trail network and provides new non-motorized transportation infrastructure to connect residents to one of the city’s largest employment centers, reducing vehicle miles traveled and promoting healthier lifestyle options. RRM provided federal aid assistance, project management, permitting, public outreach, multiuse trail design, civil engineering, landscape architecture, surveying, and construction administration.

Morro Bay Waterfront Trails

The Harborwalk
The City of Morro Bay retained RRM Design Group to prepare a master plan, construction plans, specifications, and detailed engineering cost estimates for the construction of pedestrian and bicycle facilities along Morro Bay’s waterfront.The boardwalk and bike trail connect Morro Bay’s popular Embarcadero area to the heavily visited Morro Rock and Morro Strand State Beach, separating cyclists and pedestrians from automobile conflicts.

Morro Creek Multiuse Trail and Bridge
The City of Morro Bay retained RRM Design Group to prepare the preliminary design package, construction plans, specifications, and detailed engineering cost estimates to extend Morro Bay’s Harborwalk. The project provides a new beach access and enhances the City’s pedestrian and bicycle facilities along Morro Bay’s waterfront.

Whittier Greenway Trail

RRM Design Group, in association with Kimley-Horn Associates, prepared the master plan and construction documents for the 5.8-mile Whittier Greenway–a multiuse Class 1 trail that runs through the heart of the city within an old Union Pacific right-of-way. The connectivity potential for schools, residential, and commercial areas creates an exemplary alternative transportation pathway in the city. The project included design of paved and non-paved trails, signs, lighting, staging areas, and rest stops; refurbishment of historic railroad bridges; revitalization of vacant City-owned parcels; and landscape enhancement in a linear park style.