History

CS celebrates 45 years and looks to the future

Cambridge Systematics, Inc. was founded in 1972 by four Massachusetts Institute of Technology professors and a colleague who shared an understanding that transportation's greatest challenges call for thoughtful, objective, research-based solutions. Their charter pledged "the application of systematic analysis to problems of transportation, the environment, urban development, and regional planning."

We established a second office on the west coast during our first decade to draw on the resources of the Bay Area. As planning and resource management issues became more pressing for the nation, the firm opened a third office in Washington, D.C. in 1991, expanding services for federal agencies and clients nationwide. To meet increasing market and client needs, we opened additional offices throughout the US between 2002 and 2009, each time adding local, multidisciplinary experts to our team.

In 2011, we broadened our footprint to support international clients, and our leadership transitioned after 25 years. Lance Neumann stepped into the role of Chairman of the Board after many successful years as President and CEO. He remains actively engaged with our clients and focused on key national transportation policy issues. Brad Wright, former Vice President and leader of our Freight business line, became Cambridge Systematics’ third President and CEO in June 2011. He directs his attention to understanding the diverse needs of our client base, while delivering the high-quality, innovative solutions and excellent client service that have been the keys to our success during the last 40+ years.

Today, Cambridge Systematics remains an independent, employee-owned firm, recognized throughout the world as a leader in the field. The firm continues to specialize in transportation and to pioneer the development and implementation of innovative policy and planning solutions, objective analysis, and technology applications. Our leadership and staff are personally committed to advancing, and even reimagining, transportation services now and for future generations.