About Andrew Nash

Professional Experience

  • Planning Consultant

    Transport expert helping clients manage innovative  railway, urban transport and information technology projects. Recent projects include research and development of advanced railway dispatching and scheduling systems and integration of civic technology (games, social media, Internet) into sustainable transport ( Clients include: Banedanmark, ETH Zurich IVT, Swiss Federal Railways, OpenTrack, Wiener Linien, European Union DG-MOVE, TU Delft, Thales Austria, Rail Technology Cluster Austria, Austria Tech, and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transportation and Innovation.

  • Lecturer

    Lecturer for Logistics English 2 in department of Logistics and Transport Management at University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna.

  • Transport Researcher

    ETH Zurich – Institute for Transport Planning and Systems (IVT) – Performed research on public transport efficiency, rail network operations and planning, and the use of information technology in railway operations. Assisted in planning and organizing technical conferences including the Future of High Speed Rail (2007). Also responsible for translating and editing technical reports, presentations, and websites. (2001 – 2003, 2005 – 2007)

  • Transport Research Consultant

    Completed a wide variety of transport planning and research projects including preparation of research reports, presentations at technical conferences, and organising study tours. Clients included the Mineta Transportation InstituteSan Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR), and European Union project AlpNet. (2001 – 2003)

  • Transport Planner

    Parsons Transportation Group – Transportation consulting including environmental impact studies, transportation plans, and local government planning. Projects included Transbay Terminal EIS/EIR and South Sacramento LRT Extension EIS/EIR. Awarded prize for writing one of the company’s best research papers for 2004, “What if Southwest Airlines ran the Muni? – or Lessons for public transit from the low cost airline industry.” (2004)

  • Executive Director SFCTA

    San Francisco County Transportation Authority (2000 – 2001) – Directed government agency with annual budget of over $130 million, 12 staff members and numerous consultant contracts. Responsible for all aspects of management including coordination with elected official board members, staff administration, program delivery, economic analysis, policy development, and public relations. Projects included:

    • Completion of draft Countywide Transport Plan (2000) – Draft long term plan for San Francisco transport development and financing. Programs included using congestion pricing for new underground roadway facilities and development of neighbourhood-based coordinated transport/land-use planning process.
    • Administrative Re-organization – Successfully completed administrative re-organization of agency including new Administrative Code, creation of public involvement database, preparation of first employee handbook and revised staffing program.
    • Project Management – Assisted and facilitated project management staff in successfully launching several large projects including development of county-wide transport modal and major highway infrastructure project.
  • Project Manager

    San Mateo County Transit District (1995 – 1999) – Managed large engineering and planning studies for Caltrain commuter rail system. Responsible for managing consultant teams, developing technical solutions, preparation of public information (newsletters, websites, presentations), and coordination with elected officials. Projects included:

    • Caltrain Downtown San Francisco Extension (EIS/EIR) – Preliminary engineering and environmental planning study for extending regional rail service into a new terminal station in downtown San Francisco (article: Public Participation in Caltrain DTX 1997);
    • San Francisco Airport Transit Connection Feasibility Study – Planning and operations study for developing an airport rail system to Caltrain regional rail line;
    • Caltrain Long-range Capital Improvement Program – Long range planning and improvement plan for a high frequency regional rail service (article: Caltrain Rapid Rail Plan 1999); and
    • Caltrain Maintenance Facility Planning Study – Preliminary engineering and environmental planning study to construct a new maintenance facility for the Caltrain regional rail system.
  • Planning Manager

    Santa Clara County CMA (1991 – 1995) – Planning manager for Santa Clara County Congestion Management Program (CMP). Responsibilities included developing innovative land-use analysis, sub-regional planning, developing technical standards, transportation demand model and capital improvement program. Article: California’s Congestion Management Program (1992).

  • Transport Engineer/Planner

    Wilbur Smith Associates (1984 – 1991) – Completed a wide variety of transportation planning and engineering studies including public transport operation strategies, multimodal transport planning, parking analyses, transport impact analysis and software development.

  • Programmer

    Multisystems (1986) – Assisted in development of a public transit management information system software application.

  • University Teaching and Administration

    Taught introductory transportation planning lab course for undergraduate Civil Engineers at UC Berkeley. Assisted professors in developing course materials and class administration. Served as assistant to the Dean of Northeastern University Graduate College of Engineering responsible for all types of administrative and office operations. (1982 – 1986)

  • Engineering Management Trainee

    Bethlehem Steel Corporation (1979 – 1982) – Selected for Bethlehem Steel Corporation’s Loop Course management trainee program in Plant Engineering Department. Program provided experience in all facets of civil engineering for large projects in a large industrial plant including planning, engineering, construction, and project management. Developed parody brochure BSC Looper Program.

Registration and Education

  • Professional Civil Engineer


  • Master of City Planning (Land-use Planning)

    Master of City Planning (Land-use Planning)

    University of California at Berkeley, June 1987

  • Master of Civil Engineering (Transportation Policy)

    Master of Civil Engineering (Transportation Policy)

    University of California at Berkeley, June 1987

  • Master of Science, Civil Engineering (Public Transport Operations)

    Master of Science, Civil Engineering (Public Transport Operations)

    Northeastern University, Boston, 1983

  • Economics – Two years study in evening Master of Science program

    Economics – Two years study in evening Master of Science program

    State University of New York, Buffalo, 1979 – 1981

  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Minors: Architecture and Management

    Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Minors: Architecture and Management

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY, 1979

Language Skills

  • English


    Spoken, written, reading – Mother tongue; Excellent communications skills.

  • German


    Spoken, written, reading – Good; Zertifikat Deutsch, Goethe-Institut, Berlin, 2001.

  • French


    Spoken, reading, writing – Basic comprehension.

  • Italian


    Introductory course.

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