About Us

Abrams Associates

Making Traffic
Engineering Practical

Abrams Associates is a Walnut Creek, California based consulting firm specializing in traffic engineering and transportation planning. The principal of the firm, Stephen Abrams, has provided engineering consulting and project development services to both public and private clients throughout California. We distinguish ourselves from other transportation engineering firms by providing a high level of communication with our clients, expediting reports to meet tight deadlines, and following through with additional guidance and detailed responses to questions to ensure our clients are satisfied with the results. In short, we aim to continue our proven track record of satisfying our clients and earning their repeat business.

The firm has provided traffic and transportation consulting services to a wide range of private clients, and public clients at all levels of government. Members of the firm, and associated consultants, include talented transportation professionals with broad experience and research backgrounds, who have been active in private and public engineering and planning in the Bay Area for more than 31 years. The firm is generally engaged by developers, property owners, and project planners for various cities and counties. Our most common public clients are Cities and local utility districts, but our work also includes many projects at the county, state, and federal levels.

Our team of professionals understands the political landscape and possesses a very successful track record of tailoring and completing projects to fit our client’s needs. The firm emphasizes the high quality of its products and the need for creative, practical solutions to transportation and traffic problems. This has become even more critical in this age where outdated transportation analysis requirements are being substantially changed to meet the State’s climate change and carbon emission reduction goals.

What We Offer

Specialized Traffic Project Expertise

Abrams Associates has extensive experience working directly for many local cities, and has worked on a retainer basis for several cities in the Bay Area, especially in the East Bay in Contra Costa, Alameda and Solano Counties. For the cities of El Cerrito, Brentwood, Orinda, Clayton and Walnut Creek, Abrams Associates has provided citywide traffic engineering services on an on-call basis. Specific specialized traffic projects that we have completed for cities include the following:

  • Access and Site Design Services
  • Traffic Impact Fee Development
  • Geometric Design and Signing/Striping
  • Traffic Operational Studies
  • Accident Studies/Traffic Safety Improvements
  • Preparation of Circulation Plans/Elements
  • Traffic Signal Design - Warrant Analysis
  • Speed Surveys/Speed Limit Studies
  • Residential Traffic Control/Traffic Calming
  • Construction Traffic Control Planning

Stephen Abrams


About the President

Stephen Abrams has over 31 years of experience in the fields of traffic engineering and transportation planning. He joined the firm in 1995, expanding their capabilities in the areas of computer applications and environmental review.

Stephen has proven himself to be one of the most capable in the industry at handling sensitive political situations and is highly respected for his presentation skills, and his work as an expert witness on transportation planning issues.

By successfully representing both private and public sector clients, on the most challenging traffic engineering and environmental review issues, Mr. Abrams has repeatedly proven his abilities and integrity.