Skyline of Scottsdale, Arizona

We’re so excited to be a part of the 2021 AMPO Annual Conference in Scottsdale! We can’t wait to share the ways we have been partnering with MPOs, from our most cutting-edge modeling and data analytics work to freight planning and resilience efforts.  


Connect With Us During Sessions

Session: Planning for a New Normal:  How Can We Work Together? 

When: Tuesday, October 6th | 8:00– 9:10am 

Where: Hacienda I 

This workshop will consider changing mobility trends and opportunities; identify lessons learned from planning for uncertainty; and discuss how MPOs anticipate addressing these issues through their planning processes. An emphasis will be placed on identifying opportunities for future research, collaboration, and capacity building involving AMPO, the Transportation Research Board, and other partners. 

Presenting: John Kaliski, Planning and Management National Practice Lead 

Session: Data-Informed Decision Making 

When: Wednesday, October 6th | 10:45am – 12:00pm  

Where: Mohave I-III 

Learn MPO best practices for coordinated, data-driven, federally compliant project evaluation and selection, including a user-friendly toolbox for project evaluation to meet Regional Transportation Plan goals.  

Presenting: Dan Andersen, Senior Freight Analyst 

Session: Freight  

When: Thursday, October 7th | 9:15-10:30am  

Where: Mohave I-III 

How can your agency benefit from freight planning and strategies for truck parking? Join this session for information on creating an efficient freight network. 

Presenting: Lizzie WelchFreight Analyst 

Session: Scenario Planning Across the Country 

When: Thursday, October 7th | 10:45am-12:00pm 

Where: Kiva I-III 

Learn the results from a thirteen MPO survey about scenario planning tools, processes, budget, timeframe, and outcomes along with effective stakeholder and public engagement strategies.  

Presenting: Rachel CoppermanPrincipal 

Session: Environmental Resiliency 

When: Thursday, October 7th | 1:45–3:00pm 

Where: Kiva I-III 

Location-Based Services data can be used in the MPO planning process for two types of resiliency efforts: understanding evacuation behavior for modeling and determining where populations are located during different times of the day to better inform and coordinate emergency services. Hear one MPO’s methodology for estimating on-road transportation emissions and how it can be used to help set emissions reduction targets, prioritize emission mitigation strategies, and ensure climate-ready transportation planning. 

Presenting: Krishnan ViswanathanPrincipal 


We are committed to Metropolitan Planning Organizations

As a Metropolitan Planning Organization, you play a crucial role in defining and realizing your region’s transportation vision. Cambridge Systematics is a trusted ally for MPOs across the nation. For more than 45 years, we have applied our local and regional knowledge and transportation expertise to develop out-of-the box solutions with an understanding of your community’s unique needs. We make it our business to stay ahead of the curve on emerging issues, national best practices and changing requirements in the industry across these key areas:  

We incorporate this knowledge into your local and regional transportation programs to help you achieve your MPO’s goals. 


Visit the official AMPO Annual Conference website here and view the full program.

Meet Our Team

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John Kaliski

Planning and Policy National Practice Lead

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Rich Denbow

Senior Associate

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Dan Andersen

Senior Freight Analyst

Elizabeth Welch

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Rachel Copperman, PhD

Model Development National Practice Lead and Austin, Texas Office Director

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Krishnan Viswanathan

Regional Manager