Cambridge Systematics (CS) is an independent, employee-owned firm, recognized throughout the nation as a leader in transportation.  

CS 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, research-based solutions. To this day, our staff are dedicated to forging strong partnerships and delivering innovative solutions for our clients and their communities. 

Honoring the Past › Shaping the Future

Scroll through the timeline below for a glimpse of the key projects, milestones, and events that have happened over the course of five decades at Cambridge Systematics. 


Arrival of the Information Age

The 1980s spur major changes in the way business is done. Personal computers, cell phones, the Internet, “Reagonomics,” and further deregulation transform the U.S. economy. Optimistic about the new information age, CS adds new services, staff, a corporate office, and elect a new President.

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2 Offices
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40 Employees
1980 ›
Truck with black exhaust, epa logo superimposed over blue sky
CS Supports the EPA

CS supports the EPA in transportation and air quality. CS provides technical assistance to the EPA itself, states, metropolitan planning organizations and city agencies on planning, design, analysis, and evaluation of all transportation measures necessary for a nonattainment area to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) by 1987. 

1981Ronald Reagan Swears into Office
The Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 is Signed into Law
1985 Offices Icon
CS moves to a new office in the American Twine Building on 222 Third Street in East Cambridge
1986 ›
Lance Neuman in 1986
Lance Neumann Becomes President of CS

Lance Neumann becomes the second President of CS when William Jessiman accepts a position with American Airlines. 

The Surface Freight Forwarder Deregulation Act is Signed into Law.
1987 ›
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CS Works on Boston’s Central Artery/Tunnel Project

CS provides travel demand forecasting, economic impact assessments, and transportation planning support for this major highway project, the largest highway construction project in the nation at the time. We play a leading role in assessing the environmental impact, developing the preliminary and

1987 ›
overlapping highway in Milwaukee, WI
CS Conducts a Study on the Central Wisconsin Corridor

CS conducts a study of the Central Wisconsin corridor connecting the Green Bay and Appleton areas with Minneapolis to determine the economic impact of a proposed freeway connecting the 18-county region. This comprehensive study evaluates the potential economic benefits to the area, including

Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act (STURAA) is Signed into Law
1988 ›
Truck congestion on LA freeway
CS Evaluates Proposals to Ban Heavy Trucks from Freeways in California During Peak Periods

CS evaluates proposals to ban heavy trucks from urban freeways in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego during peak commuter periods to relieve congestion and air pollution. The study documents the impacts of heavy trucks on urban freeway traffic, examines several proposed strategies, and estimates the cost to industry and government for each strategy. 

1989 ›
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CS Leads a Team to Develop the Pontis® Bridge Management System

Pontis® is a software application, built in partnership with the FHWA to assist in highway structure management by storing inspection and inventory data based on the FHWA’s guidelines. In 1994, FHWA transfers ownership of Pontis® to AASHTO and it becomes part of the AASHTOWARE program. 

1989George H.W. Bush Swears into Office