Senior Urban Transport Specialist
The World Bank
Sam Zimmerman, Urban Transport Adviser, World Bank. During a 36-year career, Sam has focused on rapid transit planning, transit economics and finance, and travel demand forecasting. Immediately before coming to the Bank in 2005, Sam was Principal, Transportation Planning for AECOM Technology's DMJM+HARRIS where his last major consultant engagement was manager of a project developing a BRT demonstration program for New York City . He also directed planning for a BRT "lite" system in York Region, Ontario, outside Toronto . Previous to DMJM+HARRIS, he had 28 years' of service with USDOT, including five with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and 23 with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). As FTA's Director of Planning, he played a key role in developing and implementing procedures for major transit investment planning, including the evaluation of competing proposals for Federal Transit "New Start" funding. He has consulted extensively on rapid transit and urban transport planning, planning procedures and policy worldwide and written numerous articles and papers. He was co-principal Investigator for the Transportation Research Board's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Implementation Guidelines project, lead presenter for the U.S. National Transit Institute's BRT Training course and an adjunct professor at 3 Washington-area universities.