Daniel Rudge, has joined the Bryan-College Station Metropolitan Planning Organization as its Executive Director. Daniel, or Dan as he prefers to be called, has 25 years of experience in the Transportation Planning profession and worked in six different states primarily in Virginia and Florida.
While at Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), Daniel served as the Chief of Planning/Manager of Mobility Programs and was responsible for statewide and local transportation planning initiatives across DRPT’s transit, transportation demand management and rail programs. Daniel also worked closely with Virginia’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO’s) serving as DRPT’s MPO liaison, with the Virginia General Assembly as DRPT’s Legislative Services Director, and developed and taught grantee training.
Prior to joining DRPT, Daniel was the Executive Director for the Springfield, Missouri MPO. His responsibilities included management oversight (financial, personnel, grants administration, and contracts) as well as project oversight (Long-Range Plan Update, Coordinated Human Service Agency Plan, Congestion Management Process Plan, Unified Planning Work Program, Transportation Improvement Program, and development of regional rideshare program including a Safe Routes To School Initiative). Prior to being the Executive Director, Daniel worked with three other MPO’s and has written long-range transportation plans, congestion management process plans, coordinated human service agency plans, transit development plans, and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plans.
In addition to his MPO work, Daniel was a Research Associate with the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) in Florida where he was involved in planning and implementation of transportation demand management programs, technical assistance to municipalities integrating alternative transportation/transit into local growth management initiatives, developing citizen participation programs, and developing strategic plans for public and private sector organizations. Daniel’s other activities included serving as a project planner for the State Transportation Policy Initiative, Land Use Regulations That Support Access Management, and various transit development plans. Daniel also received national recognition for developing and conducting 16-40 hour transportation training seminars in nine states, co-authoring two award-winning transportation handbooks, and editing an international newsletter.
Daniel holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Virginia Tech.
Bart Benthul is the MPO's Transportation Systems Analyst and is in charge of the BCSMPO’s transportation model. These models forecast traffic growth resulting from changes in regional demographics and the highway network.
Bart is a Bachelors and Mastors graduate of Texas A&M University, achieving a Mastors of Urban and Regional Planning.
He has also worked in transportation in Waco, Texas; Central Point and Medford, Oregon; Columbus, Ohio; and Colorado Springs, Colorado.