About Andrew Nash
Andrew Nash works on the integration of advanced technology in transport and urban planning. He is active in several European Commission funded research projects and advises numerous clients on technical communications including OpenTrack Railway Technology, Emch+Berger AG Bern, ETH Zurich IVT, Austrian Federal Ministry of Transportation (BMVIT), and AustriaTech. His most recent projects include:
- Banedanmark TMS – assisting in the development of an advanced railway traffic management system for Denmark’s railway infrastructure operator.
- crowdsourced-transport.com – resources for understanding the use of crowdsourcing in transport planning and operations.
- Ringstrasse150.com – mobile phone game and website designed to support improved bicycle planning and advocacy in Vienna.
- BusMeister – game and educational resources designed to support crowdsourcing and advocacy for improved public transport. The project was awarded most innovative project in the Vienna’s Die Stadt 2020 Program and Honorable Mention in the US TRB’s Communicating with John and Jane Q. Public Contest (2013).
Between 2001 and 2007 Nash was a researcher at the ETH Zurich’s Institute for Transport Planning and Systems (IVT) focusing on public transport planning, railway operations, and the use of new technology in transport.
Before moving to Europe Nash served as executive director of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, where he directed the city’s long-range transportation planning and financing programs. He also worked as a senior manager for Caltrain and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, and as a consultant with CDM Smith.
Nash was a leader in the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) and in Greenbelt Alliance (a Bay Area planning non-profit). In 1990, He helped draft a citizen’s initiative requiring planning for San Francisco’s waterfront and helped lead the successful campaign. Nash was honoured by the San Francisco Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) as Member of the Year in 1989. He also received over 30,000 votes in an unsuccessful run for election to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District Board of Directors in 1992.
Nash is a registered professional civil engineer. He is a member of the US Transportation Research Board’s Public Involvement Committee, and Transport Issues in Large Cities Committee. He has advanced degrees in City and Regional Planning and Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, Northeastern University, and obtained his BS degree in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.