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Ed Christopher
Community Planner
4749 Lincoln Mall Drive, Suite 600
Matteson, IL 60443

Ph: (708) 283-3534
FAX: (708) 283-3501
ed.christopher@dot.gov

Experience
Began working in field in 1979
Joined FHWA in 1979

Education
•    Master of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago
•    Bachelor of Science, Political Science, University of Illinois Chicago Circle

Expertise/Specialty
•    Planning Data
•    Metropolitan Planning

Professional Associations
•    Transportation Research Board Committee on Urban Data and Information Systems, Chair (A1D08)
•    Census Data for Transportation Planning Subcommittee, recent past Chair
•    Committee on National Transportation Data Requirements and Programs, Member (A5016)

Professional Highlights
•    Worked for nearly 20 years at CATS (Chicago Area Transportation Study—the metropolitan planning organization for northeastern Illinois), most recently as Director of Information Systems.

•    At CATS he was responsible for the collection, acquisition, maintenance, and analysis of data that supports the decisions made by CATS.

•    Among his activities at CATS, Mr. Christopher managed a number of large travel surveys external, household, long distance, origin-destination, and panel for the collection of transportation data.

•    He also worked with a private company on the use of Illinois traffic accident records to produce regional vehicle occupancy rates.

•    Completed a Transportation Facts regional bulletin, and was responsible for CATS involvement with Highway Performance Monitoring System data for northeastern Illinois.

•    Following CATS, Mr. Christopher spent two and a half years in Washington, DC.

•    He was a contractor/analyst for the U.S. DOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics for a year and a Federal employee for the same agency for one and a half years, working on a variety of data issues related to State and metropolitan planning.

•    Mr. Christopher is very active in the transportation data and planning community, serving on a variety of committees, presenting information at conferences, and authoring or co-authoring more than 85 articles and working papers.

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