Jerry Walters is Fehr & Peers Chief Technical Officer and leader of the firm’s Sustainability initiative on transportation strategies for sustainable climate, energy and health. He has over thirty years experience in transportation planning and engineering, and has participated on committees responsible for defining best practices for integrated land use, transportation and climate change methods for the California Transportation Commission, Air Resources Board, Department of Housing and Community Development, Caltrans, Oregon Department of Transportation, and the American Public Transit Association. He has also directed development of project evaluation methods and metrics for the US EPA and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Mr. Walters is a co-author of the 2008 book Growing Cooler – the Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change published by the ULI. He also led development of smart growth travel analysis methods for Sacramento Regional Blueprint study, San Joaquin Valley Growth Response study, and smart growth planning for the San Diego and San Luis Obispo regions, and sustainable development plans throughout the US.
Ron Milam directs Fehr & Peers Travel Demand Forecasting and Impact Assessment Discipline Groups. He has managed a variety of transportation planning and traffic engineering studies and also provides expert witness testimony, and taught transportation and evaluation courses for the University of California. He has an extensive background in travel demand model development and applications, traffic operations analysis, micro-simulation modeling, and transportation impact studies involving NEPA and CEQA. Much of his experience has involved direct working relationships with local agencies to help develop balanced transportation and land use plans. Mr. Milam is also principal investigator on a review and analysis of the programs and tools available for use in estimating and projecting greenhouse gas emissions related to land use and transportation planning scenarios for the State of Washington Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development.
Brian Welch leads innovative, sustainable projects in the Southern California region. Brian has 28 years of experience in transportation planning including 12 years of public sector service and ten years with Fehr & Peers. Brian has considerable experience in analyzing the relationship between the built environment and travel behavior, and is regarded as a local expert regarding the transportation/land use implications of mixed-use, transit-oriented development. He currently focuses on numerating and measuring the combined effects of urban form, transportation policy, and transportation options on travel behavior.
Lauren Michele (Hilliard), Principal/Founder of Policy in Motion, recently completed her Master’s of Science degree in Transportation Technology and Policy from the University of California, Davis after working as a transportation planning professional in Sacramento at Fehr & Peers for several years, a climate change policy analyst in Washington D.C. at the Center for Clean Air Policy, and an air quality program assistant at the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. During her time at UC Davis, Lauren Michele built strategic relationships at the state and federal level which aided her work as a transportation and climate change policy analyst at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies’ Urban Land Use and Transportation Center (ULTRANS) – focusing on the links between California’s Senate Bill 375 and developing federal climate/energy legislation and the transportation reauthorization. Her firm focuses exclusively on federal and state climate policy analysis, education and implementation as it pertains to transportation and land use plans and projects which improve network management and decrease vehicle-miles-traveled. More information can be found at: www.policyinmotion.com
Tien-Tien Chan is a Transportation Engineer/Planner at Fehr & Peers focusing on smart growth and climate change. She helped establish the firm’s “Cool Connections” initiative, integrating transportation planning with sustainable climate, energy and quality of life. She has conducted groundbreaking work for the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association to quantify trip reduction and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction benefits for a suite of transportation demand management (TDM) strategies. This included extensive surveying of state-of-the-practice and rigorous literature screening of transit, bicycle and pedestrian travel incentives and auto disincentives. She has also developed a TDM tool for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to put this new work into practice. Her work at Fehr & Peers includes quantifying GHG inventories and forecasts, developing climate action plans, and providing recommended strategies for project-level and city-wide TDM programs. She actively volunteers with and sits on the committees for two national sustainability groups, including: Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Transportation and Sustainability and the Institute of Transportation Engineer’s Sustainability Task Force.
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