About the Editors
John Niles is President of
Global Telematics, based in
Seattle, Washington. This firm works with government agencies, service delivery
companies, and civic interests to synthesize and articulate new policy responses
to the interaction of telecommunications, transportation, and economic
He was a founding member of the Telecommunications and Travel Behavior Committee of the
Transportation Research Board (TRB). He is a Research Associate at the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University. Prior to his independent
consulting, he conducted operations research as a project manager for the city government
of Washington, DC.
John Niles earned a Master of Science in industrial administration at Carnegie Mellon
University and a B.S. in mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Dick is currently a technical consultant working in the areas of transportation and
telecommunications. He is a founder of and senior research analyst for Integrated
Transport Research, a Washington State non-profit corporation.
In 1993 Dick contributed to a national study of the impact of telecommunications on
travel commissoned by the United States Department of Energy. From 1994-96 he was
principal investigator for a study of least-cost regional transportation solutions funded
by the Bullitt Foundation, Energy Foundation, and the Cascade Bicycle Club. Papers
describing this work have been published in the Research Record of the Transportation
Research Board, National Academy of Sciences, and the Proceedings of the 1996 Vancouver
OECD International Conference on Sustainable Transport.
Since 1998, he has been collaborating with John Niles on a long-term study of the
relationships between transit-oriented development and the dynamics of consumer markets
and retail industry decision-making. He is Senior Fellow for Urban Growth and
Transportation at Center for the New West. He is a Research Associate at the Mineta
International Institute for Surface Transportation Policy Studies at San Jose State
Dick Nelson received a B.S. (Engineering) from the University of Washington and a
Sc.D. (Materials Science/Physics) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dick
represented the Ballard-Wallingford area as a Washington State Representative from 1977 to
1992. In that capacity he chaired the Energy and Utilities committee and the Housing
committee. He also served on the Transportation, Revenue and Natural Resources committees.
Dick was a co-sponsor of the Growth Management Act and legislation establishing the Central
Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority.
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Jerry Schneider is Professor Emertius of Civil Engineering and Urban Design and
Planning at the University of Washington in Seattle. For several years, he also held an
adjunct appointment in Environmental Studies at the UW. He taught courses in
urban-regional planning and land-use/transportation planning at the University for 30
years and has only recently retired. In the Transportation Systems Program in Civil
Engineering, he has been the principal investigator for many research projects, most
dealing with some aspect of planning and operating urban transit systems. He has published
more than 50 papers on various topics that deal with urban transportation concepts and
At present, he is the Vice-President of the Advanced Transit Association,
headquartered in Washington, D.C. He has been an active participant in the activities of
the Transportation Research Board (National Academy of Sciences and Engineering) and has
both chaired and served on several TRB committees during the past three decades. Outside
of the UW, he has served as a board member of the Washington Environmental Council.
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James W. MacIsaac, P.E.
Jim MacIsaac has been involved in transportation planning for the Puget Sound region
since 1965, beginning with the Puget Sound Regional Transportation Study (PSRTS).. He
holds a BSCE degree from Seattle University, 1964, and MSCE (Transportation) from
University of Washington in 1965. After four years with the PSRTS and PSRC, he moved into
consulting practice with large transportation engineering firms. From 1975 to 1995 he
served as CEO of The Transpo Group which he co-founded. Since 1995 he has entered into a
private consulting practice focusing upon regional planning and land development projects.
In 1996 he was honored by the Washington State Section of the Institute of Transportation
Engineers with its Outstanding Career Achievement award.
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