Traffic Management Inc.
Ready to Celebrate 25 Years of Innovation and Safety
From the humblest of beginnings in a relative’s garage, to its current position as an industry leader, Traffic Management Inc. (TMI) is pleased to announce they will be celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2020.
Their story is one of two brothers, Chris and Jonathan Spano, starting a family-owned, minority-owned business that focused on safety and innovation. They paved the way for traffic control while keeping pace with the ever-increasing complexity of a changing industry.
The company’s earliest customers were crane operators that required traffic lane closures. In the late 1990s, TMI was awarded involvement with a large communications project laying fiber optic cables in the city of Los Angeles. This was a major breakthrough going from a handful of employees to exponential growth.
Safety Is in the Little Things
Chris and Jonathan Spano realized early on that the seemingly simple task of a traffic lane closure was actually extremely complex and very dangerous. To find a solution, Chris Spano reasoned that “if one does all the little things perfectly and safely (especially safely) the big things will fall into place.”
With an intuitive knowledge of computers, Chris developed a package of sophisticated and proprietary computer systems that dissected every facet of the art and business of traffic control. Chris left no part of the job ignored, asking and answering questions like: How many traffic cones can a person carry without risking injury? What factors determine the distance and angle of cone placement? What is the speed of traffic, width of the road, degree of usage at a certain time of day? All these factors and hundreds more were considered and analyzed.
The result was TMsoft, an internal software created exclusively for TMI. TMsoft gives every crew member a complete blueprint of every job. Traffic Controllers (TCs) carry and consult an iPad that contains every aspect of the job with specific instructions. At the same time, the customer has access to identical information, thus keeping all hands informed until the job is finished.
Tools of the Trade
Along with this devotion to detail is an equal devotion to the tools of the trade.
TMI personnel use the best equipment, vehicles and safety gear available. There is never any doubt that TMI is on the job. Their equipment works. Personnel are freshly attired in new, bright personal protection gear (PPE). Trucks are new and clean and in perfect working condition. And, thanks to a solar panel in each vehicle, all lights flash and keep flashing!
All TMI Traffic Controllers are graduates of its in-house training programs at TMI University. After graduation, ongoing education is continued at frequent intervals to ensure Traffic Controllers are up to date on all of the latest rules, regulations and safety procedures.
It’s All About Respect
At TMI, the greatest asset are their people. The founders learned early the virtue of hard work. The core value of respecting every person and the value of their job is a cornerstone of TMI.
TMI’s culture is rooted in safety. The constant goal is to make sure that their personnel, customers and the public at large remain safe. As a result, TMI crews are renowned for doing their jobs flawlessly.
They’ve handled massive projects like the annual Tournament of Roses Parade, traffic control for the largest concrete pour in history and most famously, helping to shepherd the space shuttle Endeavour through the narrow streets of Los Angeles on her final mission.
I’ve Got Your Back
None of these accomplishments are accidents. They do what they do, better than anyone because they know that they can depend on each other.
The most important part of a workday is the morning Job Safety Analysis (JSA) meeting. Each crew huddles and reviews the requirements of the job. It is the most important part of the day because it brings them together and assures them that their partner has their back. They strive at every turn to not let their co-workers down.
Proud of Anonymity
TMI has learned over the years that if they do the job properly, no one knows they were there. As such, they’ve fostered a reputation for providing safe, unobtrusive service for customers at all levels. They like it this way. It’s what happens behind the scenes that keep cities running. And they aim to continue to do it this way so all personnel can work safely and go home to their loved ones at night.