Matthew Kaufman, AICP

Matthew Kaufman, AICP

Planning Director

It’s a beautiful thing when a plan moves into action. It takes a special planner to keep it from collecting dust on the shelf, and that is where Matthew comes in. Matthew has 18 years of experience developing plans to help people move more efficiently and improve our environment. He thoughtfully addresses any project thrown at him, and his attention to detail and vast experience results in superior program design, delivery, and evaluation.

Matthew leads up the Planning Department at UrbanTrans, while also serving on its Board of Directors. Some of his recent work includes creating development-related TDM plans and policies; helping design, implement, and evaluate shared-mobility pilots; and creating strategies to address first and last mile travel issues.

Matthew has a master’s degree in urban planning and an undergraduate degree in civil engineering. His interest in planning dates back to his teens when he first started thinking about highways, transit, and how to make travel better.

Matthew says few people enjoy their jobs as much as he enjoys his. He’s excited about the future of mobility and the opportunities that new technologies and services are creating.

Matt
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Aaron Gaul

Aaron Gaul

Director

Aaron is known for his entrepreneurial spirit, hunger for innovation, and desire for winning clients’ awards. His affinity for neuro-economics, psychology, and behavior change translates into data-driven transportation solutions that don’t only stand out; they advance the industry.

Aaron has 19 years of experience in transportation consulting, and he has been a vital part of the UrbanTrans team for the last fifteen. His experience spans program planning, development, implementation, and marketing. He leads the Program Development and Management (PDM) department, cultivating a highly collaborative work environment. He also serves on the firm’s Board of Directors.

In the time he’s been with UrbanTrans, there’s plenty he’s proud of. But it turns out there’s a few numbers he’s keeping score on: 

  • Convincing his wife to two international relocations to open the company’s Toronto and Los Angeles offices.
  • Speaking at dozens of industry leading events.
  • Contributing to over a hundred innovative TDM plans.
  • Conducting thousands of outreach events to engage with vital stakeholders.

In 2018, Aaron was tapped to serve as a subject matter expert for the development of a Transportation Demand Management certification exam on behalf of the Association of Commuter Transportation. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the TDM Professional Certification. Aaron is currently the Board President of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Commuter Transportation. He is a Global Landmark peer-selection panelist for Sustainable Transportation & Behaviour Change Designations. 

Aaron earned a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Florida State University. Outside of work, you’ll likely find Aaron chasing his two spirited toddlers around the backyard while briefly yet wistfully glancing over at his neglected garden.

Aaron
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Joddie Gray, AICP

Joddie Gray, AICP

President

Joddie’s leadership and collaborative approach to sustainable transportation are a testament to the success of UrbanTrans and our projects around the globe. Her clients admire her ability to leverage the strengths of all project stakeholders, manage projects on time and budget, and align policy for realistic impacts. Even more, she is admired among her clients and colleagues for her unwavering integrity and commitment to the communities she serves.

Joddie draws on 25 years direct experience in transportation project management, transportation demand management planning and analysis, public and private partnerships, organizational development, and policy creation. Joddie’s project portfolio includes work across the U.S., Canada, Australia, Dubai, West Africa, and South Africa.

Joddie maintains an active role in numerous associations to help push our industry forward. From discussion panels to featured speaking opportunities, she is eager to share her experiences. She is currently active with the Transportation Research Board, Association for Commuter Transportation, Association for Commuter Transportation – Canada, American Planning Association, and American Institute of Certified Planners. Joddie is also a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization. She is also proud to call herself a RPCV – Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. We recommend asking her about her 20th reunion with her village in Togo!

Joddie
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Mercedes Southeast HQ Wins Award for Game Changing Telework Program

Mercedes Southeast HQ Wins Award for Game Changing Telework Program

UrbanTrans would like to congratulate Mercedes-Benz USA for earning a 2019 Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) National Award for their Telework program. Upon making Atlanta home in 2018, Mercedes-Benz USA quickly realized commuting to work was a widespread pain point for its employees.

Mercedes took action and partnered with Perimeter Connects in effort to overcome their employees’ commuting challenges. Perimeter Connects is a Transportation Management Association managed by UrbanTrans on behalf of the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts. Perimeter Connects helped Mercedes develop a custom telework program that allows the majority of employees the ability to telework one day a week. 

The result? 98% of participating employees reported that telework was valuable for Mercedes. In addition, a survey of managers revealed that employee productivity increased with the new custom telework program. Mercedes was honored with the 2019 ACT National Award for Telework for their efforts in reducing commuter frustration and improving employee satisfaction.

ACT recognizes outstanding achievements in the field of transportation demand management every year. Mercedes’ Telework program exemplifies ACT’s vision of, “A Better Journey for Everyone.” On behalf of UrbanTrans and Perimeter Connects, we would like to celebrate our partner Mercedes-Benz USA for their outstanding achievements in implementing a custom telework program. 

 
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What’s Ahead In 2020 + Beyond

The new decade is here, bringing countless exciting, innovative projects in the communities we serve.

Here’s a look at some of the projects we’re most excited to see take place over the next year and decade in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Denver.

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This is the Start of Something New

This Is the Start Of Something New

A new year can inspire us to try something new, explore unfamiliar places, and achieve greater heights.

We’re taking part in this sentiment with a fresh look and a new blog for UrbanTrans.

Through this blog, we’re exploring the emerging trends in transportation and the ways in which technology, sustainability, equity—and so much more—are changing how we think about the evolving world around us. We’ll also share news and ideas that inspire us in our work each day.

Each article is authored by our staff—comprised of people from across North America who bring to the table distinct backgrounds and fresh perspectives.

As we embark on something new together, stay tuned each month to keep a pulse on the transportation news you should know. Want to hear from us more often? Follow us on LinkedIn for weekly updates on the latest happenings.

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