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. 


Navigating an Uncertain World

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, profound shifts in the transportation landscape demand more agility and innovation. More than ever, clients rely on the expertise of CS subject matter experts to navigate an increasingly uncertain world. CS continues to focus on finding solutions for agencies struggling with a myriad of challenges in the “new normal.”

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The World Health Organization Declares COVID-19 a Global Pandemic and Many Areas Across the U.S. Enter Lockdown
2020 ›
Screenshots from Link2Support
CS Offices Close in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

CS offices close and work continues remotely. Soon after, CS deploys Link2Support - an open-source, web-based trip aggregator designed to help people plan safe travel to essential services during the pandemic.

2020 ›
Cover and internal page from Denver's STP - Let's Get Moving.
CS Begins Development of DOTI’s Strategic Transportation Plan

For the Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI), CS begins work developing a Strategic Transportation Plan (STP) that will set the framework for Denver’s future success to improve innovations, personal mobility, and goods movement. Equity is a key component of the

2021Joseph Biden swears into office
2021 ›
Photo of ambulance driving down Florida highway
CS Works with GHSA to Align Behavioral Safety with the Safe System Approach

CS develops a report that provides guidance, tools, and a framework aligning behavioral safety with the Safe System approach and supports local Vision Zero programs. As part of the project, CS conducts a literature review of successful Safe System practices in the U.S. and abroad and works with

2021 ›
Bart Train on track along highway surrounded by mountains in Northern California
CS Gets On Board with BART’s Link21 Program

To reflect the emerging 21-county Northern California Megaregion and its projected population and employment growth over time, CS assists the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) with the development, application, and

2021 ›
Highways leading into downtown Seattle at dusk
Pacific Northwest Expansion

Recognizing the strong alignment of our service offerings with the needs of the clients in the region, CS take steps to expand our book of business in the Pacific Northwest. 

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Signed into Law
2021 ›
Screenshot of our blog post from - Why We Signed the Mobility XX Pledge
CS Makes Strides Towards DEI Goals by Committing to Equity in Transportation

Building off of the work from the DEI Strategic Plan, CS continues to advance its DEI strategy by committing to and establishing actions that promote equity in the transportation space.

2021 ›
CS' Board of Directors
CS Diversifies Board of Directors

Lance Neumann rotates off the Board and his seat is taken over by Kathy Stein. Flora Castillo is nominated to a seat bringing the makeup of the Board to 50% women. 

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CS' 50th anniversary logo - Honoring the past, shaping the future
CS celebrates its 50th anniversary!

Staff gather to commemorate this milestone and toast to the future of the firm. 

Brad Wright speaking in front of the Medford office at anniversary celebration
50th Anniversary cake, cupcakes, and drinks at the Chicago office
Chicago office staff celebrate the 50th anniversary with cheers
Lance Neumann speaking in front of the Medford office at anniversary celebration
Staff gather in Raleigh, NC
Tallahassee office gather to celebrate