After many years spent in private practice and academia, Daniel B. Rathbone recently retired as Chief, Transportation Planning Division, Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT).
He has 44 years of experience in transportation and transit planning and traffic engineering. While at Fairfax County Dr. Rathbone was responsible for the transportation analysis and plan for Tysons Corner Urban Center, the largest urban planning project in the U.S. at the time. This major effort is also considered to be one of the most complicated urban planning projects. The Tysons project received the APA Daniel Burnham Award.
Among many other projects at Fairfax County, Dr. Rathbone managed the Countywide Transit Network Study resulting in a planned network of high quality transit corridors (rail, bus rapid transit, and express bus) throughout the county. As division chief at Fairfax County he was also responsible for subarea transportation studies and the review of many traffic impact studies.Throughout his career, Dr. Rathbone has managed projects in the U.S., Europe, South America, and South Africa in transportation planning, transit planning and traffic engineering. Example projects include development of a public transportation plan to improve the commute of lower income workers in South Africa; a project funded by the Transportation Research Laboratory to develop recommendations to reduce traffic congestion on motorways in the United Kingdom; and providing a low-cost solution to improve traffic flow on one of the most congested freeways in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Dr. Rathbone also conceptualized the first application in the U.S. of contraflow lanes on a freeway in Dallas, TX. Implemented in 1991 it is still operating today, saving the need to widen the freeway at a much higher cost with significant environmental impact. Presently Dr. Rathbone is the publisher and founding editor of The Urban Transportation Monitor, a national and international publication he launched 30 years ago. He also provides consultation primarily in traffic congestion mitigation.
Dr. Rathbone has served on committees for the Transportation Research Board, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Committee topics included “Access and Internal Circulation Issues to Improve CBD Vitality,” “Age and Status of Transportation Planning Databases,” “Use of Census Data for Transportation Planning,” “Transportation Planning and Remote Sensing,” and “Urban Transportation Economics and Policy.”
Dr. Rathbone is a recipient of the annual Past Presidents Award, Institute of Transportation Engineers, for “Professional Excellence in Transportation Engineering.”
Distinguished Speaker, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics
Dr. Rathbone has reviewed scholarly papers for The Annals of Regional Science, the Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, and for the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting.
Ph.D. (Transportation and Traffic Engineering), Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University
Master of Science, Ohio State University
B.Sc. B. Eng. (Civil Engineering), University of Stellenbosch, South Africa Registered Professional Engineer
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