Senior Director, Transportation Initiatives

Gary Toth has substantial expertise in transportation, particularly the integration of transportation and land use planning, Complete Streets implementation and Livable Street Design. Gary Toth has helped communities, environmental interests and transportation agencies collaborate during his 40 year career as a transportation engineer.  He has done extensive work in Community Based Street Typologies and Network Planning and has helped places such as New York City; Los Angeles; Cleveland; South Burlington, Vermont; Honolulu, Maui and Kauai; San Antonio and Brunswick Maine; Regina, Saskatchewan; Red Deer, Alberta; Region of Peel, Ontario and Abu Dhabi,  rethink their approach to Street Design, Complete Streets and Transportation.  He was instrumental in the creation of the Smart Transportation Guide for Pennsylvania and New Jersey, an overlay to each state’s design manuals that foster use of transportation to support Livability and Complete Streets outcomes.  He was part of the team that created the Model Street Design Manual for Living Streets. He is one of seven instructors certified to lead the National Highway Institute’s Transportation and Land Use Course.  In 2009, he spent a week in the Netherlands being tutored in the Dutch philosophy of integrating bicyclists and pedestrians into street designs, including mentoring by the Shared Space Institute.  As part of the American Public Transit Association’s Sustainable Urban Design Committee where he is co-authoring a paper on Street and Network Design issues for Transit Agencies.

During his career at the New Jersey Department of Transportation (1973 to 2007), he established a sustainable and community orientation, highlighted by the establishment of Context Sensitive Solutions and NJ Future in Transportation programs.  For the last ten years of his career, Gary was assigned the role of redirecting NJDOT’s Transportation philosophy from simply moving people and goods in motor vehicles at high speeds to investing in transportation towards the higher societal goal of improving quality of life, economics and Placemaking.

He is one of the leading experts in the country on how to engage DOTs via the transportation planning, funding, project development and design processes to achieve sustainable and livable outcomes.  He summarized his insight in a 2009 book – the Citizen’s Guide for Engaging Transportation Professionals.

Full CV here.