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. 


Mapping the Future

In the 2010s, transportation agencies begin to face increasingly complex transportation problems. With an uncertain future ahead of us, we remain steadfast in our commitment to delivering high-quality work and making transportation better for future generations.

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11 Offices
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250 Employees
2010 ›
Cover and internal page of report South Western Region ITS Strategic Plan
CS Wins Award for ITS Work

CS is awarded ITS Connecticut’s ITS Outstanding Project of the Year Award for the Southwestern Region ITS Strategic Plan.  

2011 ›
Cover and internal page of the report El Paso Regional Ports of Entry Operations Plan
CS Leads the Development of a Regional Ports of Entry Operations Plan

The firm leads the development of a Regional Ports of Entry Operations Plan for the El Paso Metropolitan region. This Operations Plan presents a new, system-based approach that focuses on identifying and implementing operational strategies to maximize the use of the region’s six existing crossings.

2011 ›
Brad Wright and Lance Neuman in 2011
CS Welcomes New President and CEO

Brad Wright becomes the new President and CEO, and Lance Neumann becomes Chairman of the Board. 

2012 ›
Cars on highway with lots of exhaust and pollution
CS Completes Study on Environmental Performance of Major Transit Investments

CS develops and tests metrics for assessing and comparing the environmental performance of major transit investments. The metrics include energy and greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, ecology, water quality, and habitat. 

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Cambridge office employees playing wiffle ball outside of 100 Cambridge Park Drive
CS Cambridge Office Honored

The WTS Boston Chapter presents the Cambridge office with the 2012 Employer of the Year Award. 

2012 ›
Cover and internal page from the Georgia Statewide Freight & Logistics Plan, 2010-2050
CS Leads the Development of Award-Winning State Freight and Logistics Plan

CS leads the development of the Georgia Statewide Freight and Logistics Plan 2010-2050. This project is selected as one of the nine projects to receive a Federal Highway Administration 2012 Transportation Planning Excellence Award. 

MAP-21 Signed into Law
2012 ›
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CS Wins Award for Innovative Transportation Solution

CS’ MTA Bus Time™ project receives the 2012 Innovative Transportation Solutions Award from the WTS Greater NY Chapter. 

Developed for the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), MTA Bus Time is a suite of APIs, data services and infrastructure, apps, and websites that

2013 ›
Screenshot of TransAm software in 2013
CS Makes Strides in Software Support

CS develops TransAM, an Asset Performance Management (APM) system, and 1-Click, an open-source mobility management and cross-modal trip planning software platform.

2013 ›
Cover and internal page from the Gateway Cities Strategic Transportation Plan, 2013
CS Leads Fundamental Comprehensive Plan Within the Gateway Cities

CS leads development of the Gateway Cities Strategic Transportation Plan (STP), the first-ever comprehensive evaluation of all multimodal transportation improvement concepts within the Gateway Cities, a 28-city subregion in southeastern Los Angeles County that includes Port of Los

2014 ›
Cover and interior page of NCHRP Research Report 868, Cell Phone Location Data for Travel Behavior Analysis
CS Develops Guidelines for Location-Based Data Applications in NHCRP Report

In the report NCHRP 868: Cell Phone Location Data for Travel Behavior Analysis, CS, in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, evaluates the extent to which cell phone data accurately reflects daily travel and how to better understand the ways these data can be used

2014 ›
Cover and internal page for the report WeMove Massachusetts: Planning for Performance
Starting with WeMoveMass, CS Demonstrates Leadership in Supporting LRTPs

For the Massachusetts DOT, CS develops a Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan called weMove Massachusetts. This serves as the first of 17 state Long-Range Transportation Plans (LRTPs) the firm leads or plays a key role in during the MAP-21/FAST era. The support also leads CS to

2014 ›
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CS Wins Project of the Year by ITS-NY

CS’ MTA Bus Time™ is recognized by Intelligent Transportation Society of New York (ITS-NY) as Outstanding ITS Project of the Year.  

2015 ›
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Launch of New Visual Identity and Website

CS launches a new visual identity that reflects the firm’s forward-looking innovation; flexible, responsive collaboration; and drive to build on our history and reputation of leadership. 

The new logo incorporates a vibrant, forward-looking feel and flexible tagline while the website

2015 ›
Aerial image of Trucks at checkpoint on California highway
CS Conducts CA-VIUS, a Massive California Survey

For the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), CS conducts the California Vehicle Inventory Use Survey (CA-VIUS)—a large commercial vehicle survey to understand truck movements throughout the State.

FAST Act Signed into Law
2015 ›
FDR Drive in the Upper East Side of Manhattan
CS Helps Develop Connected Vehicle Pilot for the City of New York

CS assists in the development of the Concept of Operations and Deployment Plan for the phase 1 deployment of connected vehicles (CV) technologies in New York City, under the New York City DOT. The project is one of the first three pilot sites funded by U.S. DOT to advance the deployment

2016 ›
Flow chart titled 2015 FLSWM Passenger and Freight Model Structure
CS Serves as the Modeling On-call Consultant for Florida and Texas

For the Florida DOT’s (FDOT) Modeling on-call, CS updates the statewide model, incorporating destination choice, updating the freight component, and developing employment data and guidance documents on how to use the project for policy applications. CS also develops a training program to help

2016 ›
Aerial view of traffic in NYC containing cars, public transit, trucks, and cabs
CS Develops New York Metropolitan Area Activity-Based Model

For the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC), CS develops a state-of-the-art, activity-based travel demand model for the New York Metropolitan area, home to over 20 million people. Along with its teaming partners, CS implements the model using TourCast, CS’ activity-based modeling

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CS Opens Office in Raleigh
2016 ›
Cover and interior page from the North Carolina Statewide Multimodal Freight Plan
CS Develops FAST-Compliant Freight Plan for NCDOT

CS leads the development of North Carolina DOT’s (NCDOT) Statewide Multimodal Freight Plan, a FAST-compliant plan that contributes to increased North Carolina jobs, improves economic competitiveness, and enhances quality of life. The plan provides clear, compelling freight-specific

2016 ›
Highway sign for Interstates 5, 84, and 205 pointing to Portland, Seattle and The Dalles
CS Analyzes the Future of the Interstate

To meet the 2015 FAST Act mandate – to study the required actions to restore the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways to its role as a premier system that meets the growing and shifting demands of the 21st century – CS analyzes the future of the Interstate

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2017 ›
Aerial photo of busy LA intersection full of cars and transit buses.
CS Leads NextGen Bus Study

For the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), CS leads a bus restructuring study that aims to develop a suite of mobility products that can compete with emerging private-sector services, such as rideshare, bikeshare, and microtransit. This service restructuring

2017 ›
Busy Atlanta highway at sunset
CS Supports FHWA TMIP-Exploratory Modeling Analysis Tool Project

Under an FHWA task order, CS complements the current Travel Model Improvement Program (TMIP) exploratory modeling approaches effort. CS subject matter experts help to illuminate interactions between transportation supply and demand on urban surface transportation systems (especially at the

2018 ›
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PennDOT Wins Transportation Award for the Northeast Region in 2018

CS worked with the Pennsylvania DOT and the 10-County region in Southeast Pennsylvania to develop demand-responsive transit scheduling software, branded as FindMyRidePA. The project won an AASHTO America’s Transportation Award for the Northeast Region in 2018. 

2018 ›
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Virginia SmartScale

In 2014, Virginia passed legislation requiring prioritization for new funding programs. CS provided support to the Virginia OIPI and DOT to quickly create a new statewide prioritization process. Known as SMART SCALE, Virginia’s process screens projects for consistency with the statewide plan

2019 ›
Covers from the 4 parts of the 2045 Florida Transportation Plan
CS Leads and Revamps FDOT Transportation Plans

CS works closely with FDOT to lead three successive updates to the Florida Transportation Plan (FTP), restructuring the FTP into four documents and helping FDOT enhance the statewide planning process to create a dynamic, iterative process focused on ongoing collaboration of more than 90 statewide transportation partners toward a common vision. 

2019 ›
The inaugural meeting of the DEI Council
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Take a Front Seat at CS

CS starts on a path to better understand and address the issues faced by staff, and to better represent the multifaceted clients and communities that we support. To help guide this work, CS partners with a recognized leader in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) consulting space. 


2019 ›
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Through LOCUS, CS Leverages the Power of LBS Data

CS creates LOCUS, a suite of customizable data products built using anonymized location-based services (LBS) data. These data can be used readily with traditional transportation data sources to provide flexible, current and right-sized solutions for transportation agencies. CS combines these data