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Traffic Engineering and Transportation Planning

West Palm Beach, FL
January 10, 2020

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Valerio Oricchio

Licenses & Certifications:

Professional Engineer (PE)

Florida #73991

Texas #134824

Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) #4775

Academic Achievements:

MS, Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2007 (Specialization: Traffic


BS, Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006

BS, Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2004

Work History:

2018-2020 WGI

2017-2018 VN Engineers

2015 - 2017 JoinUniverse

2014-2015 Astaldi Construction Corp.

2011-2014 T.Y. Lin International

2007-2011 CDM Smith

Summer 2007 PBS&J (now Atkins)

2006-2007 Georgia Institute of Technology

Software Proficiencies:

VISSIM, Synchro, HCS+

Rail Traffic Controller



MS Office Suite


Valerio has over twelve years of experience in transportation engineering including in- depth expertise in simulation applications for multimodal analysis. He has highly developed skills with the VISSIM, Rail Traffic Controller (RTC), SimWalk, Synchro and HCS+ software packages. He has been consulting and reviewing work as an expert in the field of traffic engineering. He also prepared technical documents, coordinated with clients, assisted with business development/marketing activities, contributed to contract scope and fee estimates, and mentored/supervised junior staff. His experience includes passenger and freight rail planning and operations, as well as station evacuation analysis; he worked for Florida High Speed Rail, metro systems in Caracas and Lima, and for commuter rail and urban transit projects in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Las Vegas. Valerio is an active member of several professional engineering societies, and past chair of the Transportation Research Board Intercity Passenger Rail Research Subcommittee.


Jeddah Transportation Masterplan, Saudi Arabia. Valerio provided logistics and project management support during Project’s inception by coordinating the team- building effort, and interfacing with Jeddah municipality personnel. He also provided traffic engineering expertise by reviewing Terms of Reference (TOR) documentation, and overseeing the site visits and data collection efforts.

FDOT Central Office, Florida High Speed Rail, Orlando-Tampa General Engineering Consulting, Tallahassee, Florida. Valerio performed deputy program manager duties and, as a member of the Project Controls Team, he was in charge of managing the Project’s SharePoint site, attending all progress and public meetings, participating in the QA/QC process and coordinating efforts between all disciplines leaders, project managers and FDOT personnel. As the lead modeling engineer he managed the rail system operations analysis, which included: tracks’ alignment optimization, train performance calculations, drafting timetables, and service alternatives analysis. He also provided public relations support, contractors work schedule supervision and contributed to the station development and traffic engineering analysis.


FDOT D4, Powerline Rd Lane Reduction, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Valerio performed Synchro analysis to investigate the impact of reducing an arterial section from six to four lanes in order to implement bike lanes in both directions. He also reviewed and analyzed crash and speed data along the corridor. MDX, SR836 Dolphin Expressway Capacity Improvements, Miami, Florida. Analyzed two major highway intersections by means of Synchro. Tested feasibility of implementing a Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI) in lieu of current traditional cloverleaf configuration.

Miami-Dade Transit, US 1 and Mariposa Ct Pedestrian Overpass, Miami, Florida. Valerio performed Synchro analysis pertaining a new pedestrian bridge that would cause a change in signalization plan and road configuration at the intersection of US-1 and Mariposa Ct.

City of Miami, SW 8th St. Lane Closure, Miami, Florida. Mr. Oricchio performed lane closure spreadsheet analysis in order to identify ideal and feasible times to perform utility work along SW 8th St. Area residents had noise complaints and requested work to be moved to daylight hours, thus the need of the analysis.

FDOT D1, Veronica Shoemaker Blvd. and SR 80, Bartow, Florida. Responsible of intersection analysis by means of Synchro software; verified and optimized timing, phasing and signal operations for a new intersection configuration.

Oakland Park Blvd BRT, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Valerio conducted the verification and validation process for the VISSIM model simulating existing conditions and proposed future transit alternatives. The model consisted of 44 signalized intersections along a 13.5 miles corridor.

Eller Drive Railroad Preemption, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Created a VISSIM model to test signal timing and phasing for a renewed railroad crossing; produced an animation to showcase railroad preemption operations.

Florida East Coast Railroad (FEC) Intermodal Container Transfer Facility. Created a VISSIM model of the facility in order to analyze trucks’ access, operations and travel times within the facility.

CR 579 (Mango Rd.) at Sligh Avenue, Hillsborough County, Florida. Performed traffic and queue analysis by means of Synchro in order to assess impacts of an intersection reconfiguration to vehicle operations from nearby business and a major highway interchange.

NE 4th Street – Traffic Study, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Represented the City of Ft. Lauderdale for review and approval of a traffic study report for a new residential development in downtown Ft. Lauderdale.

BBVA Parking Analysis, Mexico City, Mexico. Performed Synchro Analysis to assess the impacts to local circulation of a planned 2,500 spots parking garage in an heavily urbanized area of Mexico City. Also performed VISSIM simulations to analyze garage’s internal vehicle circulation.

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), SR 237 Express Connectors Project, San Jose, California. Responsible for VISSIM modeling and analysis. The project limits extend along I-880 from the Dixon Landing Road interchange south to SR 237 and along SR 237 from the Abbott Avenue intersection with Calaveras Boulevard to the North First Street interchange. The purpose of the project is to address congestion on the connecting ramps by converting HOV ramps to High Occupancy Toll Express Connectors accommodating toll-paying Single Occupancy Vehicles.

Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC), Santa Cruz Highway 1 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Corridor Study, Santa Cruz, California. The main tasks for this project included modeling and calibrating of freeway corridor for a stretch of eight miles using FREQ software for its existing conditions. Arterial analysis was conducted using Synchro/SimTraffic software package. The future freeway operation for no-build condition, addition of HOV lane, addition of HOV lane with ramp metering, and addition of auxiliary lanes at congested locations were analyzed. Valerio was responsible for Synchro simulation and analysis.

City of Berkeley, West Berkeley Circulation Master Plan, Berkeley, California. This was a long-range transportation plan that covered the western portion of the City of Berkeley. The plan encompassed all aspects of transportation including transit, bike, pedestrian, and auto modes and their corresponding current and future level of services. The plan also included a separate transportation demand analysis plan that made recommendations for reducing vehicle use in the study area. Valerio was responsible for modeling and analysis with Traffix and Synchro.


Metro North Railroad Penn Station Access Study, New York. Mr. Oricchio analyzed by means of the RTC software a new proposed commuter line between New Haven, CT and Penn Station, NY.

All Aboard Florida, Orlando, Florida. Mr. Oricchio conducted by means of RTC a rail operational analysis for the planned passenger service between Orlando and Miami along the Florida East Coast (FEC) railroad. Tasks included: evaluation and validation of rolling stock performance, rail system capacity analysis, and train schedule simulation and optimization.

Caracas Metro Tramo Urbano, Caracas, Venezuela. For Odebrecht Construction Inc., Valerio managed the review and update of technical documentations pertaining earthquake resistance of tunnel pits and analysis of transversal safety passages.

Lima Metro, Lima, Peru. For Odebrecht Construction Inc., Mr. Oricchio managed and provided technical expertise on various aspects and elements of the Project, including: concrete ties, thermite welding, restraining rail, bumping posts, and rail tracks structural compliance and specifications; by means of the SimWalk software he evaluated passenger stations for their capacity to exit all patrons in an emergency situation. He also managed the dynamic simulation effort of the wheel-rail interaction analysis.

New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Track 1A, New Haven, Connecticut. ConnDOT successfully applied for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants. Due to recent and potential future changes in rail traffic patterns along the corridor, an update to the previous operational study was commissioned. Valerio was in charge of performing such analysis with RTC.

Dumbarton Bridge Rail Operations, San Mateo County Transportation Authority. A new passenger rail service is planned in the Bay area between Union City and Redwood City. The new service will require track restorations along the Dumbarton rail bridge and its surroundings. Valerio managed the designated corridor’s RTC rail operations analysis.

North Sound Regional Rail Study Operations Simulation, Cascadia Center of the Discovery Institute, Seattle, Washington. Analyzed track improvements on the Cascade Corridor between Everett and Bellingham, as they related to improved passenger rail service on the corridor. Valerio performed rail operations analysis with RTC and identified the necessary capacity improvements to maintain acceptable level of service for both passenger and freight services.

Arizona State Rail Plan, Arizona DOT. Gathered data and compiled reports on existing track conditions, ridership and On Time Performance (OTP) statistics. The plan was intended as the principle operating document linking long-range visioning with cost-constrained planning and commitment to funding.

Mississippi State Rail Plan, Mississippi DOT. Gathered data and compiled a report on existing conditions, ridership, and on time performance (OTP) statistics of existing freight and passenger services to quantify demand for new rail services, and assessing capital needs to support the new services. The report was used to develop freight and passenger rail services.

Florida High Speed Rail Track 2 Application, FDOT Central Office, Tallahassee, Florida. Valerio assisted the State of Florida to successfully apply for ARRA of 2009 funding. He created string diagrams for the future Tampa to Orlando high speed rail service. This Track 2 application requested $2.5 billion to implement the Tampa- Orlando project as the first High Speed Rail Express segment in the U.S.

Multimodal Transportation Hub Feasibility Study, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), University of Las Vegas, Nevada (UNLV) Las Vegas, Nevada. The traffic study included the impact of two new parking garages, which would replace existing surface lots. Valerio was responsible for Synchro and VISSIM simulation and analysis for the implementation of four new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes serving the university campus.

Ogden Utah Streetcar Implementation Plan, Ogden, Utah. Responsible for VISSIM modeling and analysis for a new streetcar line between Ogden’s downtown and train station to Weber State University.

Bus Rapid Transit, Monterey Salinas Transit (MST), California. Responsible for modeling and analysis with Synchro. Valerio worked with the client to identify the preferred corridor for BRT service in both Monterey and Santa Cruz, and then evaluated different attributes of the system that were most appropriate for service within these corridors. The final product allowed these communities to apply for federal Very Small Starts funding for implementation of BRT.

New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Commuter Rail, New Haven, Connecticut DOT. Development of an environmental assessment of new commuter rail service. Valerio worked with Amtrak and freight rail users of the subject rail line to define existing and future patterns of trains which will share the line with the new commuter service. The purpose of the Rail Traffic Controller simulation is to determine the impacts of the new service and identify potential improvements to avoid train traffic bottlenecks.

EBART Environmental Impact Statement, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), California. Analyzed the impact of EBART’s ridership on the BART system. The purpose of this project was to examine the route structure and service assumptions of the Tri Delta routes in anticipation of eBART approval and construction. Caltrans, Trade Corridor Improvement Fund (TCIF) Rail Analysis, Sacramento, California. Validated freight railroad operating plans on rail lines for which the railroads are seeking state funding for improvements. The railroads are Union Pacific Railroad and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. Valerio performed the analysis using RTC.

DMU Technical Feasibility Analysis, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, California. Responsible for an operations simulation of diesel multiple units (self-propelled passenger rail cars) on freight and passenger railroad mainlines in Los Angeles County. Valerio used the state-of-the-art RTC program. The simulation’s purpose was to determine the impacts of the new service and identify potential improvements to avoid train traffic bottlenecks.

San Francisco E-Line EIS, San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI), California. Valerio modeled alternative alignments for the streetcar extension, identified potential conflicts with existing traffic, proposed mitigation solutions and drafted the final report. He was also responsible for modeling and analysis with VISSIM and Synchro.

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