Daniel Rathbone

Daniel Rathbone serves on the faculty of the Urban & Regional Planning program and is publisher and founding editor of the Urban Transportation Monitor.Rathbone has over 40 years of experience in transportation planning, public transit planning, and traffic engineering.

Daniel Rathbone

Daniel Rathbone serves on the faculty of the Urban & Regional Planning program and is publisher and founding editor of the Urban Transportation Monitor.

Rathbone has over 40 years of experience in transportation planning, public transit planning, and traffic engineering. He recently retired as chief of the Transportation Planning Division, Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT). While at Fairfax County, Rathbone was responsible for re-conceptualizing the urban mobility systems of Tysons Corner, the largest urban planning project in the U.S. at the time and a landmark case study in the transformation of America’s suburban land use patterns. His work in Tysons Corner received the American Planning Association’s 2011 Daniel Burnham Award for the most visionary comprehensive plan in the United States.

Rathbone has managed and directed numerous landmark plans, projects, and transportation studies, including the Fairfax County County-wide Transit Network Study, which resulted in the introduction of a network of high-quality transit corridors. Throughout his career, Rathbone has managed projects in the U.S., Europe, South America, and South Africa in transportation planning, transit planning and traffic engineering. Representative projects include a public transportation plan to reduce commuting times of lower income workers in South Africa, a project funded by the Transportation Research Laboratory to reduce traffic congestion on motorways in the United Kingdom, and recommending low-cost solutions to improve traffic flows on one of the most congested freeways in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rathbone also conceptualized the first application in the United States of contraflow lanes on a freeway in Dallas, Texas. 

Rathbone is a recipient of the annual Past Presidents Award, Institute of Transportation Engineers, for “Professional Excellence in Transportation Engineering.” He is also a Distinguished Speaker at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and a Fulbright Scholar.

He holds a Doctorate of Transportation & Traffic Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the Ohio State University and a B Sc. from the University of Stellenbosch.