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Study Committee BiographiCal information Joseph M. Sussman (Committee Chair) is JR East Professor (endowed by the East Japan Railway Company) in the Department of Civil and Environ- mental Engineering and the Engineering Systems Division at the Massa- chusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he has served as a faculty member for 40 years. He is the author of Introduction to Transportation Sys- tems, a graduate text published in 2000, in use at a number of universities in the United States and abroad. It has been translated into Greek, Chinese, and Spanish. His book Perspectives on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) was published in 2005. Sussman received the Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award from TRB, its highest honor, “for significant contributions to research” in 2001, and the Council of University Transportation Centers Award for Distinguished Contribution to University Transportation Educa- tion and Research in 2003. In 2002, ITS Massachusetts named its annual “Joseph M. Sussman Leadership Award” in his honor. He became a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007. The Engineering School alumni of the City College of New York gave him their 2008 Career Achievement Award. Thera Black is a senior planner with the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC), the metropolitan planning organization and state- designated regional transportation-planning organization for Thurston County, Washington. Her focus is on integrating transportation and land use decision making, engaging diverse interests in the public and private sectors to achieve adopted growth management objectives. She represents TRPC on the I-5 Transportation Alternatives and Operational Traffic Model Study, an evaluation of the impacts of military installation growth on the I-5 corridor between SR-512 and Mounts Road funded by the Office of Economic Adjustment. Ms. Black is a member of the transportation expert panel for the Joint Base Lewis–McChord growth- planning effort responsible for reviewing data and reports, assisting in establishment of level-of-service standards, and reviewing and comment- ing on needs assessments and various alternatives under consideration. She is a member of the growth coordination committee for the Joint Base Lewis–McChord, advising on the growth plan, integrating recommenda- tions of the 10 expert panels, and prioritizing overall recommendations. In addition to metropolitan planning, Ms. Black oversees the region’s surface transportation program and congestion mitigation and air-quality 111
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federal funding of tranSportation improvementS in BraC CaSeS funding programs, and she facilitates improved communications among modelers, planners, and traffic engineers. She chairs the TRB Metropoli- tan Policy, Planning, and Processes Committee. Ms. Black has a BA with an emphasis in urban planning from the Evergreen State College. Thomas B. Deen is a transportation consultant. Until September 1994, he was executive director of TRB, a private nonprofit unit of the United States’ National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. Mr. Deen initiated the TRB studies that recommended the $150 million Strategic Highway Research Program and the continuing Transit Cooperative Research Program. He served as chairman of the planning committee for ITS-America and guided the effort to develop the first national strategic plan for intelligent transportation systems. Before 1980, Mr. Deen was president of Alan M. Voorhees and Associ- ates, a major transportation-planning and engineering firm. During that time, he directed major metropolitan transportation studies involving highways, airports, and mass transit in the United States and abroad. Earlier, he was director of planning for the Washington, D.C., rail transit system during the period when this $12 billion system was in the ini- tial planning stages. In 1998, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. In 1999, Mr. Deen was appointed by the governor of Maryland as chairman of the Transportation Solutions Group, a com- mittee to recommend solutions to problems in the growing Washington, D.C., region, with a focus on the intercounty connector. More recently, he was appointed cochairman of a task force established by the Maryland legislature to evaluate the proposed magnetic levitation transit system between Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. In 2003, he was appointed vice chairman of a study committee of the National Research Council making recommendations on the transportation of highly radio- active spent nuclear fuel to the repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. In 2004–2005, he served as chairman of a task force examining the deck failure of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Mr. Deen was educated at the University of Kentucky, University of Chicago, and Yale University. He is a civil engineer registered in six states. A winner of several awards, he is a frequent speaker at symposia directed toward solving major transportation problems. James R. Gosnell is executive director of the West Coast Corridor Coalition. He previously served as deputy executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments until he retired in 2008. Before that time, for more than 20 years Mr. Gosnell was director of planning and policy for the Southern California Association of Gov- 112
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Study Committee BiographiCal information ernments. In that position, he was directly responsible for planning, policy development, and studies on regional issues done by the associa- tion. He assisted with transportation planning for the 1984 Olympics and with assessing the transportation programs’ effectiveness after the Olympics. He has served as chief operating officer of the Southern Cali- fornia Hazardous Waste Management Authority and was an ex officio member of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority Board and the Alameda Corridor Joint Powers Authority. Currently, he is on the board of directors of the Southern California Leadership Program. The program provides professionals in the midlevel of their career training to expose them to key policy issues in the region, to meet with leaders addressing these issues, and to develop their leadership skills. He also serves on several TRB committees. He has given lectures and presenta- tions in several countries on urban and transport planning. Mr. Gosnell received a BA in geography from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Southern California. Max Inman has been a senior advisor for project finance and program management for Mercator Advisors since 2007. Before that, Mr. Inman worked for FHWA for 33 years. He served for 12 years as chief of the Federal-Aid Financial Management Division, where he was responsible for developing and administering financial policies for the $30 billion Federal-Aid Highway Program. Mr. Inman also served in an interim capacity as director of the Office of Fiscal Services with overall respon- sibility for FHWA’s budgeting, accounting, and financial management activities; as chief of the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Joint Program Office; and as FHWA’s budget officer. At FHWA, he directed the development and implementation of various innovation finance initiatives and was responsible for evaluating pro- posals and executing agreements involving public–private partnerships. Mr. Inman has extensive knowledge of federal requirements relating to grants for state and local governments. He was responsible for FHWA’s policies concerning cost eligibility, audit requirements, and financial oversight. He has worked closely with the various transportation disci- plines, providing advice on the financial aspects of state transportation improvement programs, major project finance plans, contract require- ments, and right-of-way acquisition. Before his Washington office assignment, Mr. Inman served in FHWA field offices in North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington State, and Missouri. Mr. Inman graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1973 with a BS in business administration. 113
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federal funding of tranSportation improvementS in BraC CaSeS Ashby Johnson is deputy metropolitan planning organization director at the Houston–Galveston Area Council, which is the metropolitan planning agency for the eight-county Houston–Galveston–Brazoria region, and has served in that position for the past 7 years. He is current chair of the policy committee for the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations and deputy executive director of the Texas Association of Metropolitan Plan- ning Organizations. He was a transportation planner with the U.S. Depart- ment of Transportation for 8 years and served in numerous capacities, including building partnerships with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and others to promote the benefits of linking transportation and land use, transit new starts, and developing and instructing courses on public involvement, environmental justice, and metropolitan transportation planning. Before joining FHWA, Mr. Johnson was with the Texas Department of Transporta- tion for 5 years, where he served as liaison to the Texas State Legislature and as a historic preservation planner. Mr. Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in government and a master’s in community and regional plan- ning, with a concentration in transportation engineering. He received both degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Fred Meurer joined the City of Monterey in 1986, initially as the spe- cial projects manager in the city manager’s office and then as the city’s public works director for the next 5 years. In July 1991, the city council appointed Mr. Meurer to the position of city manager. Since his appoint- ment, Mr. Meurer has been actively involved in reuniting City Hall with its business and residential neighborhoods. Mr. Meurer is involved in developing cooperative relationships between the city and Department of Defense (DoD) activities in Monterey in an effort to further increase DoD mission effectiveness while reducing its operating costs. His goal is to provide the same high-quality municipal services to DoD activities and personnel as the city provides its civilian neighborhoods, while saving the city money by spreading its overhead across a larger base. Similar cooperative service agreements have been negotiated with other cities in the region. Mr. Meurer graduated from the Military Academy at West Point in 1966. He received graduate degrees from Stanford University in water resources planning and civil engineering in 1971. He served overseas assignments in Germany, Vietnam, and South Korea. His final active duty tour was as director of public works and housing at Fort Ord in California. He retired as a colonel in the Army in 1986. Kevin Neels directs the transportation practice at The Brattle Group. He has more than 30 years experience as a consultant and expert witness in 114
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Study Committee BiographiCal information the rail, trucking, courier, postal, aviation, and automotive industries. He has led many significant engagements relating to competition, market structure, pricing, revenue management, distribution strategy, regulation, and public policy. Before joining The Brattle Group, Dr. Neels served as vice president and leader of the transportation practice at Charles River Associates. He has also served as a researcher in the urban policy program at the Rand Corporation and the transportation studies program at the Urban Institute; as a director in transportation practice at the consulting firm of Putnam, Hayes & Bartlett; and as a management consultant in trans- portation practice of the firm now known as KPMG. Dr. Neels is chairman of the Committee on Freight Transportation Economics and Regulation of TRB, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences. He is also a member of the TRB Committee on Airline Economics and Forecasting. Dr. Neels has authored numerous research reports, monographs, and articles for peer- reviewed journals. He has often been asked to offer expert testimony in legal and regulatory proceedings. He regularly serves as an invited speaker at conferences and industry forums, and his opinions and observations on industry developments are frequently quoted in the popular and trade press. Dr. Neels earned his PhD from Cornell University. George E. Schoener is executive director of the I-95 Corridor Coali- tion, where he is responsible for coordinating multimodal transporta- tion programs in the nation’s most heavily traveled corridor. Before that, he spent 33 years with the U.S. Department of Transportation. While serving as deputy assistant secretary of transportation, Mr. Schoener was responsible for managing and directing a multibillion dollar highway and transit program. He also directed the development of national transpor- tation policy, including the Administration’s reauthorization legislation for surface transportation and the national freight policy framework. In FHWA, Mr. Schoener served in several positions, including as director of planning, where he was responsible for managing the $200 million national metropolitan planning program for more than 300 metropolitan planning organizations. As a staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Mr. Schoener worked with congres- sional members in designing the landmark surface transportation leg- islation, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, which provided more than $156 billion in funding over 6 years to state departments of transportation. Mr. Schoener has received numerous awards, including twice receiving the Presidential Rank Award for meri- torious achievement in the Senior Executive Service. Mr. Schoener holds a master’s degree in engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s of civil engineering from the University of Minnesota. 115
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federal funding of tranSportation improvementS in BraC CaSeS Randall Yim consults on a variety of homeland security, infrastructure management, and other national public policy matters. As deputy under secretary of defense (installations), he supervised DoD military base closure initiatives, including programs of the Office of Economic Adjustment that provide assistance to affected local communities. In this position, he was responsible for oversight and policy guidance for managing the depart- ment’s military installations worldwide, covering more than 46,000 square miles, with 600,000 structures valued at more than $600 billion and an annual budget in excess of $30 billion. Before his appointment with DoD, Mr. Yim was appointed by the governor of California to serve on the Cali- fornia Military Base Reuse Task Force, was deputy director for Sacramento County’s Department of Military Base Reuse, and represented military base reuse communities in his private legal practice. Mr. Yim has also served as director of the Homeland Security Institute, a federally funded research and development center established in 2004 pursuant to Section 312 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002. Before joining the Homeland Secu- rity Institute, Mr. Yim was a managing director at the U.S. Government Accountability Office headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mr. Yim received a bachelor of arts degree in human biology from Stanford University in 1974 and a doctoral degree in law from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977. He also received a graduate certificate in hazardous materials management from the University of California at Davis. 116